Author: Mark

  • Christmas is over and its the dead of winter and work has been less zany lately, so I’ve been sneaking out at lunchtime to catch the odd concert or two when I can. After four years working downtown, it’s about time I did this sort of thing. Went to my first BSO open rehearsal a […]

  • Here’s the summation of last week’s Classics Reading Group by our very own Laura Gillenwater (who is now named in full because she wants to be able to find this by googling on herself): Wow – despite several of our regular members being unable to attend this month due to conflicting priorities, illness, or injury […]

  • Oof, six weeks? Where did the time go? Well, Happy New Year, Merry Christmas, and all that. Needless to say the holiday season is always a busy one with less time for frivolities like updating blogs, but I’ve also been in a mood lately where I don’t feel like writing down anything. But I did […]

  • We had another soiree a couple of Saturday’s ago, unusual in that it actually was on a Saturday, at the same home as the last one I went to in Sharon six months ago. There’ve been a few in between that I missed due to various scheduling conflicts. The workshop section of the program was […]

  • I’m a bit behind on recent events, so let’s see if I can catch up over the next few days. Starting with Laura’s summary of the last classics reading group from (choke) three weeks ago: This month’s book was “Justine,” by Lawrence Durrell. Opinions ranged from “really loved it” to “really disliked it,” with most […]

  • I think a suitable period of mourning has elapsed now that I can get back to this forum to vent a little bit, but there’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said. Unlike last time, Bush at least got a majority, and of enough significance to dispel any conspiracy theories that have cropped […]

  • I’ve been wanting to put my two cents in about the upcoming election, but I can’t come up with anything that can be distilled down to a couple of paragraphs. Arguing about politics is only slightly more productive than arguing about religion, and at least the perceived closeness of this year’s race is going to […]

  • On several occasions Doctor Robbins, my piano teacher during my high school years, would say that in his day you couldn’t consider yourself a real pianist unless you could sit down and play from a dozen or so Preludes and Fugues and six or seven Beethoven sonatas. Playing the WTC right now bores me to […]

  • I’m a bit disappointed that the Red Sox victory parade is tomorrow, a Saturday. The Patriots parades, in spite of being in the freezing cold, were kind of fun because you could go with your co-workers and blow off an hour or two of work. Having the parade on the weekend means you have to […]

  • Sox win! Sox win! Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve watched more baseball games from start to finish than maybe the rest of my life combined. The theory has always been for any postseason series that I’ll watch as long as the local team is involved (except for hockey). Until the Pats started winning […]