It sounds like the opening scenes of a certain wildly popular television drama: on Labor Day 2013 I found myself on a gurney in the ER of Beth Israel in Boston, a perfectly healthy 44 year-old victim of an epic panic attack, who would have a very expensive night of tests to determine if what… Continue reading Mental Health Shouldn’t be a Secret Menu Item
I had a couple of interesting encounters on a picturesque (and picaresque) amble along the Charles, into The Old Cambridge Historic District, to Mount Auburn Cemetery yesterday. Although it generally annoys me to see living people when I visit the cemetery I was grateful to a grizzled old birdwatcher at Mt. Auburn for making sure… Continue reading Quantum Physics: A Walk in the Park
Two months after turning 40 and it’s finally hit me. I think I have Post 40th Birthday Traumatic Stress Syndrome. It’s one of those things you can’t really explain to the “age is just a number” crowd. Suffice it to say, if age is just a number it’s an awfully funny one. And not funny-ha-ha. … Continue reading TBT: A Brief History of Now
Welp, Pope Francis’s visit went off without a hitch, and turns out the right wing screechocracy, which reacted to initial news of his friendship tour like convulsive, hissing devils caught in a downpour of holy water without their umbrellas, had nothing to fear from the Vatican II World Tour after all. Yes, the Pope challenged… Continue reading Can America Survive the Rise of Popekim?
This will be the Final Word on the Rolling Stone Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cover, people, so read up. To recap, on Tuesday the 16th — like, 5 days ago Tuesday the 16th — news that Rolling Stone had put a selfie of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of the upcoming issue hits the fan, along with images… Continue reading Out of Taste, Out of Mind
If my facebook feed is to be believed folks feel like there’s a real war for the soul of America going on with a definitive battle taking place November 6th in the voting booth. Here in Massachusetts the electorate is energized not so much by the presidential race, which most believe to be settled in… Continue reading Mortal Questions in Massachusetts