Archive for January 2012

Is Boston Really That Rude?

Is Boston Really That Rude? Apparently so, according to Travel + Leisure magazine readers, who voted Boston the fifth rudest city in the U.S., behind Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Miami, and the King of Curmudgeons, New York City. Whatever. Actually, the attention-grabbing headline, “America’s Rudest Cities” is really a twisting of the survey results, which asked readers to rate which city had the friendliest people. Boston was ranked fifth from the bottom. I guess “nice people” doesn’t sell subscriptions as well as “insolent louts.” It’s also interesting to ..read more

Does ‘Stranger Danger’ Make Sense?

Does ‘Stranger Danger’ Make Sense? The recent incident on School Street that was reported as a possible abduction attempt of a Mill Pond student by two men in a pickup truck has been resolved. According to a statement issued by the Westborough Police, the incident was the result of a misunderstanding. The men in the truck had asked the girl to step out of the street. The girl obviously perceived the men as a threat enough to ignore them, walk away, and tell what ..read more

Cold Cash

Cold Cash I spent a large part of the holiday weekend freezing my bunting off at the New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlet in Hampton, New Hampshire. I had volunteered to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Association, not counting on numbing single-digit temperatures and arctic gales. Standing outside of a liquor store asking for spare change was a few degrees out of my comfort zone. As I drove there the first day, I questioned my commitment and soundness of mind. Ten hours, hundreds of ..read more

For Whom the Paul Revere Bell Tolls

For Whom the Paul Revere Bell Tolls The weather outside may have been frightful, but the first peals of Boston’s Old South Meeting House newly-installed Paul Revere Bell were, in a word, delightful. At 12:00 pm on 1/12/2012, the historic Westborough Paul Revere bell rang 12 times. It was the first time in 136 years that a bell has rung out on the hour from Old South. Despite the driving rain and windy weather, dozens of onlookers were there to witness the historic event. “Nearly a hundred thousand ..read more

Do You Let Your Young Kids Ski Alone?

Do You Let Your Young Kids Ski Alone? This Martin Luther King holiday weekend will likely be one of the busiest ski weekends in New England. If you’re planning on taking your kids skiing, will you ski with them or let them ski alone? Does your answer depend on their age? Their ability? The size of the ski resort? The price of an adult lift ticket? When I first heard the news of the tragic death of 18-year-old Nipmuc High School Senior Jack Street last Tuesday after falling 30 ..read more

New Year’s Advice from a Mid-Life Mom

New Year's Advice from a Mid-Life Mom “What you can do, or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The ball was dropping in Times Square. My champagne flute was in hand. My husband turned to me, looked me lovingly in the eyes and asked, “So, did you make any New Year’s resolutions?” I’m not joking, that’s exactly what he said. “Not a single one,” I replied, raising the glass to my lips. It’s not that I don’t believe ..read more