Roundup of May 2021 Posts

June has arrived and May 2021 has become history.

The World is Back!

Covid-19 is on the decline in the United States, The Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker reports that 51% of the population have received at least one dose and 41% are fully vaccinated. Here in Massachusetts, the numbers are even higher: 66% and 53% respectively with a positivity rate of 0.66% and dropping.

cicada, May 2021Many states, including my own, have tossed mask requirements out the door. Restaurants have returned to full capacity, Fenway Park is welcoming Red Sox fans again, and even Plexiglas barriers are going into storage.

I feel like one of those cicadas, emerging from 17 years of darkness and solitude to soar into a bright and sunny sky.

Because people are either staycationing or traveling within the U.S. instead of going overseas, tourists once again fill newly opened hotels. That means tours have returned and tour guides have hit the streets. I have led three ghost tours for Haunted Boston so far with more coming up.

Award Nomination

May 2021, Australian Shadows Award, Tricksters Treats 4, Things in the Well, Indigenous Literacy FoundationI received some good news on the publishing front last month. Trickster’s Treats: Coming, Buried or Not, an anthology that includes one of my short stories, Frostfire, has been shortlisted for an award. The Australasian Horror Writers Association named the anthology as a finalist for an Australasian Shadows Awards in the edited works category.

Trickster’s Treats: Coming, Buried or Not! was edited by Louise Zedda Sampson and Geneve Flynn and published by Steve Dillon at Things in the Well. I’m excited that the anthology has been shortlisted for this award because the proceeds from its sale benefit Australia’s Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Not all readers become writers but pretty much all writers start out as readers. I’m happy to help Australia’s indigenous children to become readers in any way.

When Life Intervenes

Marksburg Castle, Rhine Getaway, Viking River Cruises

Marksburg Castle

Suze and I got busy in May—but not on writing blog posts. Life somehow intervened and took up time we use to write; thus, fewer posts than usual. Still, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I strive for a life well lived, filled with things to do, places to go, people to see, chapters to write, and tours to lead.

I can’t wait to start traveling again. Our Rhine Getaway with Viking River Cruises has been postponed twice due to the pandemic and we now have just over 300 days until we leave. In the meantime, I’m itching to go somewhere, anywhere.

Yet all those staycationers have booked up hotels and B&Bs through the summer. What to do? I’ll think of something.

Roundup of May 2021 Posts

In lieu of travel, here is the regular roundup of May 2021 posts. I hope you enjoy them and they take you away from everyday reality.

Boston and History

Business

Environment

Friends and Family

Health and Safety

Lifestyle & Culture

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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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