By - 10/2/15 - 8:36 am

I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972 begins:

I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself.

One week prior, at the behest of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, I'd flown four B-52 sorties over Hanoi. I dropped forty-eight bombs. How many homes I destroyed, how many lives I ended, I'll never know. But in the eyes of my superiors, I had served my country honorably, and I was thusly discharged with such distinction.

And so on the morning of that New Year's Eve, I found myself in a barren studio apartment on Beacon and Hereford with a fifth of Tennessee rye and the pang of shame permeating the recesses of my soul. When the bottle was empty, I made for the door and vowed, upon returning, that I would retrieve the Smith & Wesson Model 15 from the closet and give myself the discharge I deserved.

I walked for hours. I looped around the Fenway before snaking back past Symphony Hall and up to Trinity Church. Then I roamed through the Common, scaled the hill with its golden dome, and meandered into that charming labyrinth divided by Hanover Street. By the time I reached the waterfront, a charcoal sky had opened and a drizzle became a shower. That shower soon gave way to a deluge. While the other pedestrians darted for awnings and lobbies, I trudged into the rain. I suppose I thought, or rather hoped, that it might wash away the patina of guilt that had coagulated around my heart. It didn't, of course, so I started back to the apartment.

And then I saw you.

H/t eeka.

By - 9/26/15 - 8:32 am

You can read more about Jean and Nick's wedding.

By - 7/15/15 - 12:10 pm

The Library of the Royal Irish Academy wants to identify the people in the photograph below. Please contact the Library if you recognize any of the subjects. The Library can be reached via Twitter @Library_RIA, or by email at, citing "8 May Photo Query Tweet."

If more information regarding the location, subjects, time, et cetera, of the photograph become available, I will update this post.

By - 6/21/15 - 9:58 am

Fathers teach your sons..

Anger and jealousy are human emotions. Using violence will not solve the problem....
Guns and knives?

Accountability and consequences for your actions. Anger management, self control.

Teach your children well.

By - 4/22/15 - 9:25 am

Erica Hersh asks:

Where in Boston can I get reasonably priced but high quality bridesmaid dress alterations done? Back Bay/South End preferred.

By - 4/19/15 - 7:56 am
Man waits for girlfriend at Carson Beach in South Boston

Eileen Murphy reports:

He paced before proposal at Carson Beach; she said yes.

By - 3/14/15 - 11:21 am
Wedding proposal at Pi Alley

Joe Cabrera wasn't the only person to head to Pi Alley in Downtown Crossing around 9:26 on this fine 3/14/15. He reports watching a man get down on one knee and propose to his inamorata at exactly that time:

Bride says groom does geeky stuff.

H/t Ginnette for the headline.

By - 2/24/15 - 5:13 pm

Please join your neighbors at this free, public panel discussion: Our Lives Matter: Art as Protest

Thursday, March 5th from 7-8pm at SCATV (90 Union Square).

We will discuss how local artists, poets and performers use creative expression to respond to current events and social injustices. The panelists will highlight their own work and how this was used to raise awareness about a particular issue in society. Those who attend may leave feeling inspired to pursue their own creative form.

By - 1/20/15 - 10:08 pm
Missing ring

Lauren Moreno reports:

By - 1/3/15 - 10:12 pm

A couple of researchers analyzed how American men refer to their best friends and according to their research, New Englanders much prefer "pal" over "bro," "dude" and "buddy." CAVEAT: The research is based entirely on an analysis of tweets, so it's not corrected for possible variations in how men on Facebook refer to each other.

Via Metafilter.

By - 1/2/15 - 11:27 am

In these modern times, you are able to purchase your own artist inspired T-shirts from the internet-based company CottonBillboards. The custom-made T-shirt store has storefront which you can use to select your T-shirt no matter if you are a male or female, or want short sleeve or long sleeve. The purchase helps supports artists who designed the t-shirt and also goes to a youth mentoring charity.

By - 12/22/14 - 7:53 pm


It's so easy to point fingers
Play the blame game

He died, she died
Shot dead


Kill some cops
Shoot for the head
Remember your name
Gain some fame

It's easy to find a target
to hate

Easy to use race to bait

Blame the President,
Governors, Mayors
The Police

Agree Disagree
He said She said

Our country is at war
Us - Them mind set

No Peace

Yell, scream, rant, rave,
Comment, post, write, boast

Inciting riot? Inciting calm?
Call for healing or harm?

By - 12/16/14 - 7:17 pm

All Lives Matter

BY Deb CH 2014

You may think I deserved to die
My family still will mourn, grieve, and cry

Do they have the right
Or just pretend I did not exist

Innocent victims in harms way
Never to live another day

Such a damn shame we say

Police running to save a life
Soldiers facing war and strife

SWAT in the midst of a hostage crisis
CIA, FBI chasing ISIS

First responders on the scene
Firefighters in the heat and flame

Someone died, now who to blame

All lives matter
Young or old

By - 12/9/14 - 10:46 pm

Bouquets are just so passe, right? An area bride-to-be is looking for corgis that her bridesmaids can hold during her wedding ceremony instead of wilting flowers. She's already got some, but needs six more:

This next April, I will be getting married to the man of my dreams and we will be having the most wonderful storybook wedding that Boston has ever seen. The icing on the cake is sweet, but there's one thing that would be even sweeter than that. Traditionally, bridesmaids' hold bouquets; in our wedding, I want them to hold corgis.

By - 8/26/14 - 3:13 pm

Wayne Dutch asks:

Any recommendations for wedding photographer/videographer?

By - 5/21/14 - 7:06 pm

Storytelling is not just for bedtime. Want to learn how to strategically weave your story into your next fundraising, recruiting or education campaign?
Join Socializing for Justice for a ProfDev (professional development) training Take Action! Storytelling That Inspires on Monday, June 2, 6:00 - 8:30 PM.

By - 5/18/14 - 6:13 pm
Love lock in the Public Garden

Boston Strolls spotted a love lock permanently affixed to the Public Garden bridge (or at least until somebody from the parks department arrives with a bolt cutter), wonders when this became a thing in the Public Garden. Until now, local love locks had been confined to the bridge over the turnpike at Mass. Ave. and Boylston Street.

By - 5/16/14 - 10:15 am

Live reporting from Cambridge City Hall at midnight on May 17, 2004 as the first same-sex couples applied for marriage licenses following the pioneering Goodridge decision.

By - 4/29/14 - 8:13 am
An Oz wedding procession

Redsox223 came across an unusual wedding procession at Trinity Church on Sunday. And then they all went off in search of the wizard.

Copyright Redsox223. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 4/27/14 - 7:34 pm

Join Socializing for Justice on Thursday, May 15 from 6-8:30PM to celebrate 7+ years, 2500+ members, 175+ events and countless connections made since 2006! Haven't been to a Socializing for Justice event? It’s time to meet 120+ friendly SoJusters!