Roundup of September 2015 Posts

September was a busy month but it almost seemed like it was still summer. The hot dry weather persisted, luring me out onto the deck or into the garden when I really had other things to do.

That changed this week, though, when a pounding rainstorm brought cold weather in after it. Now we are clearly into fall. Pumpkins and chrysanthemums proliferate on steps and porches. Up next is Halloween. Wow, how did that get here so fast?  Who’s ready for that?

In September we had a full eclipse of a supermoon—something that won’t happen again until my granddaughter is in college. Now there’s a thought. It was beautiful, though, and I stayed out way too long to watch. In September we had a full eclipse of a supermoon—something that won’t happen again until my granddaughter will have graduated college. She’s in first grade. Now there’s a thought. It was beautiful, though, and I stayed out way too long to watch.

The vegetable garden is packing it in and what you see there now is all that you’re going to get. The recent storm brought down branches and this weekend’s hit by Hurricane Joaquin will probably take down more. I just hope the big storm holds off for a while because I’m giving a private Back Bay tour for Boston By Foot on Sunday and I’d really like the group to have a good time.

Susanne and I wrote on our usual wide range of topics. Guest author Seth Kaplan joined in with three posts on health and wellness. Here’s the roundup of September 2015 posts so you can catch up on any you missed.

Boston’s Hidden Gems

This is a series of posts about Boston’s hidden gems: largely unknown places in the city that ordinary folks can visit. Some are outside and some are inside and some bring the outdoors in. Many are free while some have admission charges. They may require a little advance planning. They are little jewels that even many residents don’t know about but all are definitely worth a visit.

• The Ether Dome: an operating amphitheater on the fourth floor of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Bulfinch Building where ether was first used as a surgical anesthetic.These posts contain information on history, art, architecture, medicine, gardening and culture. If you missed any of them, here’s an easy way to read them all. Just follow the links to each post. Here are the four hidden gems that went up in September:

  • Tenshin-en: the Japanese garden at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts that is designed for meditation and contemplation
  • The Mapparium: a walk-through stained-glass globe in the Mary Baker Eddy Library at the Christian Science Center
  • The BPL Courtyard: a beautiful cloistered courtyard at the Boston Public Library that houses a scandalous statue
  • The Ether Dome: an operating amphitheater on the fourth floor of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Bulfinch Building where ether was first used as a surgical anesthetic. 

Business

  • Ageism Debunked – Again
  • Disney’s Wild IT Ride
  • Making Bricks Without Straw
  • How “Do More With Less” Began 

Food and Cooking

  • Somehow making our favorite pumpkin bars when it’s not fall doesn’t seem right. It may be my imagination, but they don’t taste as good in the off seasons.The Flavors of Fall 

Friends and Family

  • Useless video cats 

Health and Safety

  • Mindfulness
  • Blood Pressure Questions
  • Put Calcium Where Needed 

Books, Movies and TV

  • Summer Movie Scoreboard 

Personal

  • The Music Inside You
  • A Childhood Mansion 

Sports

  • Baseball by Football Rules

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