Tiffany Windows

I’ve always loved Tiffany glass, maybe because I grew up with Tiffany-style lamps in the house. So when I learned of the Tiffany Windows Education Center at a church in downtown Boston, I made plans to go with a friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weather was on our side so the windows were especially gorgeous that day. The Arlington Street Church has 16 Tiffany windows, which were installed between 1898 and 1930. I couldn’t pick a favorite because they were all beautiful. Any Tiffany enthusiast in Boston should make a visit here.

 

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You Don’t Have to Take My Word for It

Happy 2019 to all. 2018 was a rough one for me, so I feel kind of shell shocked as I face a new year. Sometimes all you can do is put one foot in front of the other, and that’s what I will do for now.

To cheer myself up, I’ll tell you about seeing one of my favorite celebrities a couple of months ago. Hint: “You don’t have to take my word for it.”

Yes, LeVar Burton, for those of you who did not watch Reading Rainbow religiously. My father and I also watched him religiously in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

When I learned he was coming to Boston, I bought a ticket to his show even though I had no idea what he would be talking about or doing. I didn’t know about his popular podcast until I asked Google what the show would be about.

So what he does in his live shows is pick a local author and read the author’s short story, with musical accompaniment. Then he invites the author on stage and they do a Q & A and take questions from the audience.

For the Boston show, he read a short story by Ken Liu. It was a sci-fi/fantasy story, so at first I was unenthused because I don’t read that genre of literature. But, of course, it did not take long for me to fall under LeVar’s spell.

The Q & A was great because both LeVar and Ken were charming and witty as hell. If you are a fan of LeVar Burton or a fan of literature, I highly recommend his live show and podcast. Seeing him in person was one of the highlights of my year!

Happy Holidays

I apologize for the radio silence, but my mother had a stroke a few weeks ago. All things considered, she’s doing fine. We are all grateful that she can walk and talk. She needs to relearn how to read and write, but she is determined to regain these skills since she has hundreds of books that she hasn’t read yet. Tsundoku, anyone?

I will be back after the holidays. Hope you and yours have a very merry…

Wolf Hollow

Well, I finished my #43 birthday list with a week to spare. #44 commences on December 1. I still have to report on eight items from #43, one of which is: Wolf Hollow.

Wolf Hollow is a wolf sanctuary north of Boston. I’ve been wanting to visit it for years, so I’m glad to have finally made it there. Visitors sit on benches and listen to a one-hour presentation about wolves while watching about six wolves wander around and interact with other staff. I was hoping to be closer to the wolves, but I understand that the several layers of fencing between visitors and the wolves is there to protect both parties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wolves were so comfortable with the staff that they acted like dogs! The staff rubbed their bellies and stroked their backs. The presenter said that if you found yourself facing a wolf, it would not attack you. (Unless you provoked it.) I also learned that there are no wolves in the Northeast. (Unless they visit from Canada or other parts of the U.S.) Wolf populations were decimated by humans over the years and many types of wolves have been on the endangered species list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the presentation ended, visitors could visit two other wolf “packs” in separate enclosures. This allowed us to get a closer look at the beautiful creatures. Thanks to Wolf Hollow for educating the public and taking good care of the wolves!

 

 

Is It Spring Yet?

I’ve lived through 42 winters and I’m none too happy about it. I guess most people are none too happy about winter, unless they love to ski, snowboard, sled, or make snowpeople.

As I prepare for a Thanksgiving/National Day of Mourning with a high of 22 degrees, I’m all too happy to remember a trip to a beach I had never been to before: Singing Beach.

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A couple of friends and I took the train north of Boston to Manchester-by-the-Sea in August. The weather was great, which meant a crowded beach. But we found a nice spot and spent a few lovely hours there. There is a cute ice cream shop on the walk between the train station and the beach, and I got one of my favorites, peppermint stick.

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I’m also all too happy to recall a fall trip to Lost Pond Sanctuary. Guess what, my boyfriend and I got lost trying to find it. Well, we found the sanctuary but we didn’t find the pond.

We rambled alongside a road that led to some municipal plant, crossed the road, and followed a path that eventually led us to a map of the sanctuary. We couldn’t figure out the map so we gave up. Maybe we’ll try again someday.

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