"Hamilton" and my kids

My latest missive is a love letter to a Broadway Musical on behalf of me and my kids: The New York Times recently reported that the Rockefeller Foundation would be paying for 20,000 eleventh graders to see the musical “Hamilton,” the Broadway phenomenon that tells the story of the founding father Alexander Hamilton. Perhaps they should consider…

A Khaki Life: Cleaning out the dryer

If we define “green” as environmentally aware and proper and “brown” as the opposite, most people probably are living a “khaki life.” I know I am. I also know that I should try to do better. I’m not going off the grid, or buying carbon offsets for my every car ride, but I try to…

No Longer 100% White

The New York Times Motherlode blog published my latest essay on April 15, 2015: Former Gov. Jeb Bush made news recently because he checked “Hispanic” on a voter registration form. This is obviously ridiculous from a scion of the Bush family (and Mr. Bush has said he made a mistake). Yet, I understand, because the family…

Dig Libraries

As I prepare for another dig later this month (i.e. ignore clothes and such but trying to find the perfect book for the airplane), I was reminded of an essay I wrote for Booksense.com. That website is no longer available so I guess the rights reverted back to me. Dig libraries can be described in…

Turtle Acupuncture in Orion Magazine Sept/Oct 2014

For a while now, I’ve been fascinated by the work of Claire McManus, an acupuncturist whose patients have included dogs, bongos and warthogs. I spent an afternoon with her at the New England Aquarium’s Rescue and Rehabilitation center to watch her treat sea turtles. In the Sept/Oct 2014 issue, Orion Magazine published my story about…

The Roomnet

The Boston Globe Connections column yesterday printed my essay on my experience away from the Internet, forced to actually connect with the other people in my presence to learn anything — and enjoying it. I coined a phrase to describe the collected brainpower in a room: the Roomnet. Earlier this year, an archaeological dig took…

The Barber of Aleppo

I discovered a cool online magazine called The Weeklings. They publish one essay a day about culture, from music to movies and comics, to someone’s random musings on the Syrian Civil War. Last Thursday, those random musings were mine: I’ve been thinking a lot about the Arab man who held a sharp razor to my…

The City-State of Boston

Here’s my essay from Cognoscenti, February 6, 2014 Author Anita Diamant recently wrote in Cognoscenti about how, even though she lives in Newton, she was proud and happy to welcome Boston’s new mayor into office. And the trolls descended! How dare a Newton resident call herself a Bostonian?, the commenters cried.  Typical. Read the rest here.