My mother e-mailed this morning, pointing me to an article by Stanley Fish titled Will the Humanities Save Us?, and a follow-up piece titled The Uses of the Humanities, Part Two. Both were published on his blog at the New York Times. My mom was curious what I thought, but the articles are very interesting, [...]
My mom has established her presence on the web, in a couple of different places and ways. She has a personal blog at http://adafocer.typepad.com. And Boston Mortgage Meltdown harkens back to her many pre-grad-school years as a real estate analyst, giving her analysis of the current credit crunch, mortgage scandals, and real estate market generally. [...]
Christmas, in my family, has toned down quite a bit from the excesses of childhood. It does lead to some rather fascinating and wonderful gifts. Like Armenian brandy.
I’ve never found a better place to drink a cup of coffee and read a book than the porch of my family’s cabin in West Virginia. In fact, I’ve never found a more relaxing place, period. Because this is what you see when you look off of the porch. (Random side note: that tree that’s [...]
Mom, or Taz, or Nancy I., or anyone: if you have that photo of Taz and I standing in front of the wall of the kitchen at the Cedar Street apartment, grey t-shirts and muzzy hair and all, I seem to have lost my copy, and it’s making me sad. Can you send me a [...]
On my family’s property in West Virginia/Pennsylvania, there’s a pond. It’s quite lovely, as you can see: A couple of years back, we scattered my dad’s ashes on the shore of the pond nearest the camera (which you can’t really see, because of the break in the side of the hill). So it’s kind of [...]
Just a quick note to welcome Tazo back from the dead. And by “back from the dead”, I mean “back to the world of people who aren’t studying for Step 1 exams“.
Haven’t posted in a while. I wish I could say that I had a good excuse, but I really don’t. I’ve spent the past 5 days pretty much eating my way through the holiday. Saturday night, my mom and sister, Grace’s boyfriend Jeremy, and my godparents and their family came over for dinner. I had [...]
More photos from West Virginia are here.
Hotel Universe has a YouTube channel all their own. Check it out…
We’ve got a Democratic House, Rumsfeld is out, and I’ve just returned from a wonderful, wonderful weekend in West Virginia. Pictures from the barn-raising are posted at http://tallape.org/gallery/main.php/v/emshouse/. More should be coming soon, too…
A couple of photos of the house that my aunt Em is building in West Virginia. The walls are going to be made of strawbales for insulation, which is the coolest thing ever. In a couple of weeks I’m headed out there to help get the strawbales in to place, and maybe to help with [...]
My dad on the roof of 107 Ocean Street, around the time that he and my mom moved into the house. (click for a larger version of the photo) The move itself happens tomorrow; this afternoon I’m going over to my mom’s new place to put some bookshelves up, and then headed down to Dorchester [...]
Mom’s auction made the Boston Globe this morning, on page 2 if I heard correctly. It’s also been on the front of the online edition all day. After getting 896 unique visitors over the course of the auction itself, the website (107ocean.com) has gotten about 610 to this point in the day. So apparently some [...]
Mom’s got a buyer for her house. The auction closed at 9:00 last night, with about 15 of us sitting on the back porch drinking champagne and toasting our memories of the place. Good stuff, that. Now, here’s hoping that everything goes the way it should with the closing, and that the sale goes through…
107ocean.com is now up. For those who have no idea what that means, 107 Ocean Street in Dorchester is the house in which I grew up. My mom is hoping to sell it in the next couple of months, and the website is a big part of that process. I actually kind of like the [...]
Went down to Dot this afternoon, to dig around in what I had left at my mom’s house. She’s in the process of getting it ready to go on the market, and I just needed to make sure that nothing important got sold in the process. Also had dinner at the Ashmont Grill. I’ve mentioned [...]
Photos of the teddy bear hard drive I mentioned in this massive post earlier today. Sorry, Grace…it’s a terrible picture of you, but it’s a great sense of your reaction. Demonstration. “See, this is where the cables come out of the teddy bear’s butt.” Just so we’re all clear, the shirt I’m holding is the [...]
Okay, I’m not Jewish, the title of this post was just the most ridiculous thing that I could think of off the top of my head… A rather massive catching-up post… Tomorrow is final, once-and-for-all, quit day. That’s exciting. No more cheating, no more excuses. It’s now the 27th of December, Christmas is over, family [...]
Hotel Universe is back, and badder than ever… My sister has a bunch of her artwork up, and I recommend taking a look, because it’s wonderful. Direct link is http://www.hoteluniverse.org/art.html.