Roundup of September 2019 Posts

Fall is here and it’s time for the roundup of September 2019 posts.

Nights start sooner and last longer. The shadows take their time shrinking in the morning and hold the cold during the day. My tomatoes are hanging in there but take a long time to ripen. While the weather here has remained delightfully warm right into October, we know that colder temperatures are on their way. The thermometer swings up and down from day to day and sometimes from hour to hour. We dress in layers.

The Spider Who Came Along for the Ride

Central Burying Ground, Boston Common, Haunted Boston, ghosts, gravestones, walking tour, tour guideHere in Boston, we have entered the high season for ghost tours. My Haunted Boston calendar has filled up and it would be even more crowded except that I won’t sign up for tours that start after 8:00 pm. It just takes me too long to get home afterward.

A couple of weeks ago, I was about to hang my lantern on the fence around the Central Burying Ground when I saw, silhouetted in the lights from Boylston Street, a spider on one of the fence spikes. I moved my lantern over and kept talking. At the end of the tour, one of my guests looked at my lantern where it sat on a table and said, “Well, look who came along for the ride.”

Turns out I had been carrying that spider along with me for an hour. Fortunately, my guest let it crawl on his hand and took it outside. The following week, I told another group this story. Two stops later, one of them reached out and brushed something off my jacket. When I asked what it was, she said, “A spider.” I think she saw on the web that it was a good tour.

Adding a Bus to the Tour Season

Last month I started giving bus tours of Boston for a company that works with the big cruise ships that come to the city. The compensation is good; the tips are excellent. I drive to the cruise port and walk to where these enormous floating cities have docked. There may be one, two, or three of them, depending on the day.

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This passenger stayed on the ship

I pick up my tour sheet, find my bus driver and introduce myself, then wait for the flood of people to emerge. I take their tickets, count heads, and then we roll. I talk almost the whole time we’re going from site to site. The guests learn a lot about Boston from the ground up on my tours and seem to like it.

I’m saving my earnings for our next Viking River Cruise. This month, two of Viking’s ocean ships, Viking Sea, is coming to town and I’m leading a tour on Saturday. If you take Panoramic Boston, you ride with me.

Roundup of September 2019 Posts

These tours have interfered with my writing schedule, though. All of my writing projects have suffered from inattention, including this blog. Thank goodness for Susanne and Jackie, who have kept new posts coming.

I look forward to getting back to a normal writing schedule in November. In the meantime, here is the roundup of September 2019 posts.

Business and Technology

Culture and Lifestyle

Environment

Health and Safety

Spiritual

Travel

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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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