Roundup of July 2018 Posts

Trailing Tom TomatoThe corn is in but the tomatoes have been shy. Weeks of cold wet weather set them back and only my Trailing Toms—cherry tomatoes in a hanging pot—are delivering small red nuggets of goodness every day.

Lobster prices have dropped due to the Trump Tariffs and lobstermen from Maine to Massachusetts are feeling the pinch. The law of supply and demand doesn’t seem to work in this case, though. Restaurants still treat lobster as a luxury commodity—with prices to match.

Red Sox in First Place

Still, the Boston Red Sox have taken firm possession of first place, which is all good. They’re now 5 games ahead of the New York Yankees and 41 games ahead of last-place Baltimore in the American League East. We in Red Sox Nation are not complacent, however. The Sox have been known to blow a 10-game lead at the end of the season. We know full well that the season ain’t over ‘til it’s over and the fat lady hasn’t sung yet.

Sox Lunch, Boston Red Sox. American League East standings, July 2018 Posts

Chart Courtesy of Sox Lunch

Susanne and I found a lot to write about in July—the big and the small, along with random thoughts on a variety of topics but not too much business. I don’t expect anyone to be all that focused in the summer. The warm weather encourages a bit of rambling.

Without further ado, taking time to heat up the barbecue grill or warm up a new pitcher, here’s the roundup of July 2019 posts.

Roundup of July 2018 Posts



Business and Technology

Culture and Current Events

Language and Writing

Movies and TV

The Summer Landmarks

I measure New England’s short summer by its five annual landmarks:

  • Memorial Day
  • The last day of school
  • The Fourth of July
  • The All-Star Game
  • Labor Day

We are now in the long stretch from the 2018 All-Star Game to Labor Day. Make the most of every beautiful summer jewel. Each day is precious.

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About Aline Kaplan

Aline Kaplan is a published author, a blogger, and a tour guide in Boston. She formerly had a career as a high-tech marketing and communications director. Aline writes and edits The Next Phase Blog, a social commentary blog that appears multiple times a week at She has published over 1,000 posts on a variety of subjects, from Boston history to science fiction movies, astronomical events to art museums. Under the name Aline Boucher Kaplan, she has had two science fiction novels (Khyren and World Spirits) published by Baen Books. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies published in the United States, Ireland, and Australia. Aline’s articles have also appeared on the Atlas Obscura website. She has been an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since 1988 and is a long-term member of the Spacecrafts science/fantasy writers’ group. As a tour guide, Aline leads architectural and historical walking tours of the city for Boston By Foot, ghost tours for Haunted Boston and historical bus tours of the city. She lectures on Boston history and has appeared in the Boston Globe, as well as on TV for Chronicle, an award-winning television program that broadcasts stories of New England. As a lecturer, Aline has spoken at Brandeis and Tufts universities for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She has also addressed as service organizations and local meetings. She is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston and lives in Hudson, MA.

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