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This page was originally started in the '90s because I wanted to learn HTML (before WYSIWYG) - that was a long time ago 😉
It's just maintained sporadically now as a vehicle to share trip photos and useful links.
As always, this page is "in progress" & updated when I can find some spare time.

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NY Times Obituary for Woodie Flowers, MIT Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Woodie was one of the most inspirational professors of my undergraduate studies at MIT. Bless him, he will be missed by many people.

Charitable Organizations That I Support and Recommend:
Himalayan Stove Project
Pan Mass Challenge
Central Caribbean Marine Institute
Champions of the Planet - working to fight climate change
The Arlo Guthrie Garbage Trail Walk to Massacree Huntington’s Disease
Books I've read and recommend:

Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti series – set in Venice

Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series – set in Quebec

Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series - set in Sicily

Carl Hiaasen's Novels, especially the "Skink" series. The young-adult ones are good!

Last Night at the Lobster, Stewart O'Nan
Mangrove Underground, Tim W. Jackson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson (& all of the Millennium trilogy) - real page-turners
... and if you liked those, you may like the Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbo
We'll Always have Paris, John Baxter
Bound for Glory, Woody Guthrie
The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
Don't Stop the Carnival, Herman Wouk
Girl with A Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
A Patchwork Planet, Anne Tyler
Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes
(Note: Bella Tuscany is just so-so, as are so many sequels.)
The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver (and the sequels, too)
The Eight, Katherine Neville
Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
Strange Pilgrims (short stories), Gabriel Garcia Marquez
War Paint, Tom Wakefield
Water Method Man, John Irving
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams


Mudlark, Lara Maikem - the hobby of searching the banks of the Thames at low tide
Traditional Fermented Foods, Shannon Stonger - a great book on fermentation basics and lots of recipes for fermenting vegetables, grains and dairy
The New Health Rules, Frank Lipman, M.D. & Danielle Claro - Sound wellness advice, not preachy, no agenda
Why Knot? Philippe Petit - how-to book on tying knots, and he should know!
Poor Man's Feast, Elissa Altman
A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle
No Picnic on Mount Kenya, Felice Benuzzi
Secret Life of the Seine, Mort Rosenblum
Chronicles, Vol. I, Bob Dylan
Resource Book of Phrases and Sentences, Cristina Boccuti (Communication Skill Builders)
Being Digital, Nick Negroponte (MIT Media Lab)
Men are from Mars..., John Grey
Surely You Must Be Joking, Mr. Feynman (Biog - Feynman)
What Do You Care What Other People Think (Biog - Feynman)
Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff
Look Me In The Eye, John Elder Robison
Video, Movies & Television I've seen and recommend:

Bad Project” – my favorite YouTube video of all time
Seaspiracy (2020) - documentary on abuse of the marine ecosystem by the fishing industry, salmon farming and pollution, and about slavery in the shrimping industry
Tim's Vermeer (2013) - documentary on how Vermeer made his photo-realistic paintings
I Like Killing Flies (2004) - about Kenny Shopsin and his restaurant in Greenwich Village

The Americans (Amazon Prime Video) - Russian spies embedded as travel agents

Borgen (TV) - Danish political drama
The Bridge (TV) - Danish/Swedish police procedural
The Tunnel (TV) - British/French version of The Bridge
Boston Stuff

Spice Land, 120 Cambridge St., Burlington, is an excellent shop selling Indian dry goods and spices. There are several other shops in the same complex.
The Tool Shed, 471 Main Street, Waltham - Used hand and power tools at great prices
Hours: Wed - Sat, 1pm to 5pm - 781-647-7970
Car Talk - list of staff credits from the end of the radio show
Minuteman Library Network - reserve books online from the comfort of home and have them delivered to your local library

The full quote is:

"The pint's a pound, the world around, but a pint of pure water weighs a pound and a quarter."

Last updated: 14MAR2024

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