Becoming Le Bon Vivant

Le Bon Vivant I had an interesting phone call yesterday with a very close friend who is about to retire. Talking through the logistics of his transition into retirement such as health insurance, social security financials, etc.. we got down to discussing what most impending retirees want to know which is, "what the hell am …

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Valhalla Does Not Discriminate

I've read many beautiful stories in response to a writing prompt by Prisimatic-bell about Valhalla not discriminating against anyone. The message was; you can make it into Valhalla regardless of the kind of battle you fought to get there. This is of course contrary to actual Norse mythology, where only those that die in combat go …

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I think my wife has a hearing problem…

Ever get the feeling that your wife doesn't listen to you ? If so, try this test to find out what her hearing problem is...... When your wife is busy in the kitchen and has her back to you .... stand about about 15 feet behind her. Then in a normal speaking voice ask, Hey …

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Just A Kid From Cambridge…With A Big Heart.

Kevin David Ferguson was born on March 9, 1958, in Cambridge, Massachusetts to his Dad Donald, and his mother Mary. He had four brothers Lynn, Charlie, John and Donnie. His greatest loves were his daughter Cara his loving wife Lisa DeMella Ferguson. He passed on December 31, 2021, at the age of 64. He was …

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Getting to Grateful

I've been reading about getting to gratitude lately and how remapping our minds helps get us there. In essence.... if we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. Everyday positive experiences have the power to change our brains—and therefore our life—for the better.  But, here is the challenge....Our brain …

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I’m feeling gratitude today…..and it feels so awesome.

I'm feeling grateful today and it is supercharging my day. Gratitude is that thankful appreciation for what we already have or will receive, whether those things are physical or intangible. I believe when we experience gratitude we seem to consciously acknowledge the goodness in our lives, making it abundantly enough. It somehow magnifies that goodness we feel …

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MoCA is the Museum of Artsy Fartsy

Have you ever wondered where the term "Artsy Fartsy" came from? The etymology of the term comes from the Latin (ars) or Art and the word Fart which is a pejorative (to express contempt or disapproval, or something stinky you emit from your arse). While touring the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in North …

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The Widowmaker Came Knocking This Week….

The Widowmaker came knocking at our the barracks door this week, and she went away empty handed. She's never welcome here nor anywhere for that matter, because she brings an all but 12% certainty of death to anyone that she visits outside a hospital. For those of you that are not aware..... a widow-maker is a …

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Ideas With Sentences In Stacks

There is a place in Cambridge Ma where bright ideas wait for us like prisoners awaiting release of sentence among steal gray, shelved cells. We served as parole board granting release for behaviors be they good or bad, delightful or scary, funny or tragic, any or all which serves our desire. Before the renovation in …

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Strangers ….They are just friends waiting to happen

Yesterday I received a text message asking if I was available to host a bikepacker traveling up the east coast to Portland Maine. The request came from a bikepacker who was on the last part of a cross country bikepacking trip from his home in California to DC and up to Portland maine. He found …

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Sharing A Bathroom With My Daughter

My Future Fantasy Zen Oasis Bathroom - This is a picture of my fantasy bathroom. My real bathroom is pictured below.... In less than a week my youngest daughter will be dancing herself away to college leaving me to enjoy a bathroom all to myself. I must admit, it has been challenging maintaining the demarcation …

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The Best Seat In Town

Photo by Allan Mas from Pexels Back In The Day... There are many advantages to growing up in the city, but one of my favorite is often overlooked and undervalued... that was the pleasure of sitting on the front porch or in some houses the stoop. During a time when creature comforts like television, air conditioners and internet …

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Cambridge Massachusetts : A Ticket To The Greatest Show on Earth.

In life we tend to focus on the exceptional events that happen. In fact the news is so much about the exceptional, we tend to miss the ordinary all together. Growing up in Cambridge Massachusetts I had a ticket to "the best show on earth". I spent much of my teenage days roaming and nesting …

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Ever miss sitting together on the sofa watching your favorite shows?

If you miss the good old days when families sat together to laugh, cry, comment or to joke about their favorite TV shows you have to check out Gogglebox on Facebook watch. Gogglebox is a series where regular people are filmed in their own homes while watching the highest-rated shows on British television. Each week, …

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No Lady Leprechauns?….Maybe that’s a good thing?

Photo by Steven Hylands from Pexels It's true there are no lady leprechauns.... The History of Irish Fairies,' book states that there is no record in Irish folklore of leprechauns having a female counterpart in their ranks or even a solid record of how they procreate or reproduce. I'm thinking that there might have been a good reason to support …

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The Irish Racing Form

I woke up one morning to find my mother at the kitchen table, sipping coffee and browsing through our local newspaper the Cambridge Chronicle. What cha reading Ma? I asked... I'm checking out the Irish Racing Form" she replied. Are you betting the dogs? I never knew you to bet on the dogs... I'm reading …

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