Roundup of March 2018 Posts

Una and Lion, Briton Riviere, in like a lion, March weather

Una and Lion by Briton Riviere

True to form, March came in like a lion here in New England with four nor’easter storms in four weeks and is finally going out a lamb in a burst of bright, if cool, sunshine. By now, we could all use a bit less lion and a lot more lamb.

Susanne and I have had a lot to write about. A few of our posts touched on the issue of gun violence but dealt mostly with the rise of young people marching for their lives and making a big difference. It’s been a while — 50 years — since we had a generation of activist youth and I think it’s a great development.

Trying to Avoid Politics

With the daily and weekly swirl of scandals around the White House and the Trump Administration, it has been difficult to ignore politics. It seems like every day we have another Cabinet departure, another woman stepping forward to accuse the President, and another foreign policy alarm to deal with. But I only dealt with the one woman who got scammed by POTUS and doesn’t even seem to understand what happened. After 15 months of this, I think we could all use a lot less lyin’ and fewer politicians on the lam.

In other news, Africa appears to be splitting into two continents (geologically, not politically), a Chinese space station fell into the South Pacific, and the north magnetic pole is shifting. Lest we become complacent. Hah!

Before the world ends, here is the roundup of March 2018 posts. I was trying to put this out on Saturday, bake for Sunday coffee hour, and get some exercise at the same time. It didn’t work. Today is April 3 and it snowed again yesterday.

Roundup of March 2018 Posts

Boston and History

Business and Technology

Friends and Family

Lifestyle and Culture

Movies and Books

Travel

A Confluence of Holidays

Easter and Passover Island, cartoon, Arnie Levin

Arnie Levin

Last weekend we celebrated Easter, April Fool’s Day and Passover — an unusual confluence of holidays. But the baseball season has started and we finally can turn to a non-political, non-lethal, non-terrifying, diversion that will keep us from tearing our hair out.

And yesterday’s snow is melting. I can see my daffodil shoots and crocuses are popping up in Easter shades of gold and purple. Now that April is here, we can look forward to better weather.

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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 aknextphase.com. 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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