On this sunny and cold first day of winter.


The grillwork above the door makes beautiful shadows on the wall.

Shadows • Harvard University • Cambridge MA
Shadows at the entrance to Claverly Hall.
 

Claverly Hall at Harvard University
Mt Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA.

This is what happens when phones are wired.


At the MBTA Red Line’s Park Street Under (northbound) station, there’s a wall telephone (yellow circle) about 8 or 10 feet over the 3rd rail (pink circle).

Wall Phone on the Red Line, MBTA, Boston MA
Wall Phone on the Red Line
 

Marlin guesses it’s in the right position for the subway driver.
 

MBTA Park Street Under
Red Line (northbound)
Boston, MA.

LOVE WINS, but…


The fine print below the S says “You may selfie, snap (@seaportbos), and enjoy LOVE WINS but please, do not climb.”

LOVE WINS, Seaport District, Boston MA  USA
LOVE WINS Sculpture
 

It was on our way to the ICA.
 

Harbor Shore Drive
Seaport District
Boston, MA.

Some happy political news for a change.


Because we have a popular-vote-losing president, who has shown himself to be a sexist, a liar, a misogynist, a bigot, and a spreader of fear and distrust, good people all over the country have decided to take the real greatness of America into their own hands. And we’re very happy that the people of Alabama made some positive change of their own.

“No More Moore” - Mr Bartley's Burgers, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA USA
This delightful sign was outside Mr Bartley’s Burgers in Harvard Square today.
 

Mr Bartley’s Burgers
Mass Ave
Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA.

The first casualty of the season.


Every year, at least a dozen bikes chained to parking meters don’t survive the winter.

Möbius Bicycle, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA USA
The first Möbius Bike of the season
 

It’s even sadder than those ASPCA TV commercials.
 

Mt Auburn Street
near Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA.

A warm couch and a big pot of homemade soup are key to a successful snow day.


The first snow of the 2017-2018 winter season, and the neighborhood was looking darned pretty.

A backyard tree.  First snow of the season.  Lowell, MA
A backyard tree.
 

My house.  First snow of the season.  Lowell, MA
Just a few inches to shovel.
 

Lower Fort Hill Park.  First snow of the season.  Lowell, MA
Lower Fort Hill Park.
 

Park Ave East,  Fort Hill Park.  First snow of the season.  Lowell, MA
Fort Hill Park along Park Ave East, looking Christmasy and all.
 

Around the Fort Hill Park neighborhood
Lowell, MA

OK, so I moved the sign a little, but…


Stopped at the au Bon Pain just outside Harvard Square this morning. Three of Cambridge’s wild turkeys were waiting for me.

au Bon Pain Holiday Gobblers - In the flesh and feathers
au Bon Pain Holiday Gobblers – In the flesh and feathers
 

Close-up of the au Bon Pain Holiday Gobblers - In the flesh and feathers.jpg
We’re ready for your close-up, Mr. Turkey.
 

au Bon Pain
near Harvard Square
Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA.

It was supposed to be very wet and very windy, so my bike was at home.


While we were trapped on the Red Line on the Longfellow Bridge, we were watching this Duck Boat splash around in the Charles:

Duck Boat in the Charles River on a gray October day.
Duck Boat in the Charles River on a gray October day.
 

Meanwhile, back on commuter rail on the way home, a uniquely-written story of a kid from Iceland in the early 1900s…

“Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was”
Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was
 

[1] View from the Red Line
[2] View from the Lowell Commuter Rail.

Even the bike lanes are mobbed nowadays.


I had a rough commute this morning.

Nashua Street Park
(Along the banks of the Charles River)
Boston, MA

Screw the witches. There’s too much else to see.


We went to Salem Massachusetts for the Peabody Essex Museum’s special exhibit of horror movie memorabilia.

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA | “Blackula” movie poster
Marlin hamming it up with the “Blackula” movie poster | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA.
 

Outer space alien | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA
Please do not touch the exhibits, Tom! | Outer space alien | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA.
 

Carved wooden figures | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA
Carved wooden figures | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA.
 

Light and Shadows | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA
The amazing Light and Shadows Room | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA.
 

“AIN'T NO PLACE FOR HATE IN MY TOWN OR STATE” | Downtown alley, Salem MA
“AIN’T NO PLACE FOR HATE IN MY TOWN OR STATE” | Downtown alley, Salem MA.
 

“REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS WELCOME HERE. NO MUSLIM BAN. NO BORDER WALL. OUR CITIES STAND TALL.” | Ugly Mug Cafe, Salem MA
“REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS WELCOME HERE. NO MUSLIM BAN. NO BORDER WALL. OUR CITIES STAND TALL.” | Ugly Mug Cafe, Salem MA

Men's bathroom art | Gulu Gulu Cafe, Salem MA.
Men’s bathroom art | Gulu Gulu Cafe, Salem MA.
 

[1,2,3,4] Peabody Essex Museum
[5] An alleyway
[6] The Ugly Mug cafe
[7] Gulu Gulu Cafe
Downtown Salem, MA