I’m Rubber Your Glue

Ever say the words...."I'm rubber, you're glue. Everything bounces off me and sticks to you" ....Or what about "Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me"? The clever replies to an insults or criticisms we used as kids are referred to as a riposte. We used them most often when …

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The Laundress

I never knew her name. I only knew her as the laundress lady. She took in laundry from those who were willing to pay to have someone else do their laundry versus doing it themselves. How is that even a job I often wondered to myself. I wondered a lot about this lady.. everything about …

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Positive Energy Shifting

I imagine we all felt a drain of positive energy over 2020 which was unavoidable considering the circumstances. I heard a quote today though, that has me wondering if the amount negative energy I experienced was as truly as unavoidable as I'd thought. The quote by Albert Einstein left me wondering if it was more …

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Simplifying Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking... When you wake up each morning which side of the daily menu do you choose? The good side or the bad side? How about Today's Special... It's Our Karma Plate ..you get a big serving of what you deserve! My new favorite research focus is to study the concept of Positive Thinking. I …

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The Scent Of A Man

I bet most people have heard of the movie Scent of A Woman staring Al Pacino... but have you heard that there is also a Scent of a Man? It's true (although it's not a movie) men produce human sex pheromones in their armpit sweat and hair which is called androstadienone (AN-dro-STAY-dee-eh-noan). Scientists have shown …

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Dear my personal Dear Abby,

In the morning I like to review the Dear Abby section of my local newspaper. I prefer Dear Abby to the endless home town articles complaining about dog poop, mask wearing, politics and the environment. I suppose it's because Dear Abby offers solutions to the day to day issues that plague our complicated lives. For …

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Apple core..Baltimore, who’s your friend?

I finished an apple this morning and while holding the apple core in my hands, I channeled a childhood voice in my head and shouted. Apple Core... Baltimore.... Who's your friend? and then I blurted out my daughters name...Izzy! As I raised the apple core to throw it at my daughter she looked at me …

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When people from Cambridge give directions…

I consider people from Cambridge to be a very approachable group as people go. We look eager to talk to anybody and some might dispute it but, we strangely look like we might know an answer to just about any questionBut wait ... anyone from Cambridge knows that "out of towners" asking any of us …

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Poor Fashionistas

Who knew that the old worn out, duct taped Chuck Taylor's and Jack Purcell's we wore on the basketball courts of Cambridge would one day become high fashion footwear.... A company called Golden Goose is selling a posh version of our duct taped Converse Jack & Chuck's street shoes for over $500.00... (see add below). …

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Endure ..It’s what we do

I saw this sign hanging outside a church in downtown Portsmouth NH. The message was a simple request Hang On America and a reminder ..We can Endure. I haven't been able to shake thinking about the message. This year has presented struggles i.e pandemic, isolation, politics, race, sex and financial issues. But are these new …

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The Sweet Smell Of Home

At times back in the day the air from Lafayette Sq along Main Street to Kendall Sq. and all the way to Lechmere station in Cambridge Ma smelled as sweet as candy. Many of the candy factories there produced some of our favorite treats, including Necco Wafers, Sugar Daddies, Charleston Chews, and Junior Mints. The …

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On The Corner of Pleasant Street and Putnam Ave

In Cambridge before video games were a thing, kids played the game of stick ball. Using card board bases, a ball (rubber pinky, pimple or half ball) and a broom handle, we played a short version of baseball which made it fit the close quarters of back yards, alley ways and busy streets. The toughest …

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Richards Drive-in old school social distancing

Richards Drive-In Memorial Drive Cambridge Ma If you grew up in Cambridge during the 50's and 60’s, there were a number of Adventure Car Hop Drive-in restaurants featuring car hop / curb service. Cambridge had its own Car Hop called Richards Drive-in on Memorial Drive next to the Art Deco styled BB Chemical building (which …

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Cambridge’s Mass Ave a High Fashion Mecca….

On a recent trip to Europe I was struck by how well dressed Europeans are in the big cities I visited like Rome and Barcelona. As I walked though their city streets I found myself remembering the days when Jackie O' inspired a desire for fine clothing among Cantabrigians before spandex and sweatshirts replaced a …

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Crossing The Divide

The best way to be human is........being human, with a human being.  Historically, Americans have come together in times of crisis.  Lately however, it seems a perfect storm of crisis has made it more difficult than ever to unite us as in the past.. Politics, unemployment, social distancing and the Covid19 pandemic has us scared, …

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