Roundup of September 2018 Posts

maple leaf, roundup of September 2018 postsOkay, I can’t deny it anymore: fall is here. We may have a few warm sunny days and we all love October’s bright blue weather. But we know what’s coming.

Still, I’m happy because my husband’s knee replacement surgery is in the past. He’s back on his feet and our life, largely house-bound for four weeks, is returning to normal.

Rain and Mushrooms

jack o Lantern mushrooms, Omphalotus illudens, mycologyAfter a rainy summer, we are heading into a rainy fall. My tomatoes shriveled and gave up the ghost after being drenched one too many times. The good news is that reservoirs are topped off and the water table is fully charged. While tomatoes may not like it wet, some mushrooms certainly do. A puffball the size of a pumpkin grew in my church’s memorial garden. It was big but ugly.

On the other hand, I saw these beauties while driving nearby and pulled over. They are jack ‘o lantern mushrooms (Omphalotus illudens). While they are beautiful—and appropriate for the season—these mushrooms are also toxic. They do not, however, glow in the dark as many field guides state. I declined to sit by the side of the road and test if for myself, though.

My Amazon Author Page

After the publication of my short story “The Good Citizen” in the Future Days anthology from Castrum Press, I have added my author page to Amazon and Goodreads. I’m working away on the rewrite of my novel. If only current events would stop getting in the way. I lost two days watching the Kavanaugh hearings and reading the commentary. I must focus.

book, open bookI can’t afford a private secretary but I wish I could find someone who would send out my short stories to magazines and anthologies for consideration. It’s a time-consuming process that cuts into the hours I spend writing. I would pay someone per story published but haven’t come up with a candidate yet.

Roundup of September 2018 Posts

I’m happy to report that The Next Phase Blog is growing with more page views every month. Susanne and guest authors and I have posted so many articles on the environment that I created a new category to hold them all. I’m getting inquiries every week from potential guests about posting on the blog. It’s all good.

Now I need to get back to writing so here is the roundup of September 2018 posts.

Boston and History

Business and Technology


Friends and Family

Health and Safety

Lifestyle and Culture

jack o lantern mushrooms, Omphalotus illudens

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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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