Boston Rambles

Boston Rambles

A Rambler Walks and Talks About the Hub of the Universe

Posts filed under PostRoad

Jamaica Plain: Traveling the World (WTPR#8)

This is another of the entries from my previous project, Walking the Post Road, which I have transferred over to this project for two reasons. The first reason is that it is relevant to this project in that it is a ‘ramble’ about Boston. The second reason is that the previous project was done on… (read more)

Is Soccer Really the Global Game?

The worst loss in the history of US soccer it has been called. With the elimination of the woeful United States men’s national team from qualification for the World Cup in Russia in 2018 the small segment of the media that pays any attention at all to soccer in America has been dragging the team… (read more)

Westmoreland World

Let’s say you are a Republican candidate for President of the United States. You have talking points and policies that seem out of touch with mainstream America and you say things that the typical American, which is to say the type of person advertisers want to reach, urban dwellers with cash between the ages of… (read more)

The Forces of Darkness Updated: Part IV-The Dark Side. And a Path to the Light.

Look, let me begin by stating that, although I have never personally visited any of the 54 counties that I am about to discuss, I am sure that they are not horrible places. Not only are they likely (having not visited any of them) quite varied and interesting, some are probably very beautiful and I… (read more)

Forces of Darkness Updated: Part III-The Dark Side is Near.

Before I plunge into the darkness, I want to pull out from the 58 remaining counties in Pennsylvania the two or three remaining bright spots for the Democratic Party. Unsurprisingly the transformation of  Dauphin and Centre, the counties I will examine briefly, is the result of increased diversity and higher levels of education. Dauphin County… (read more)

More Forces of Darkness Updated: Part II-Sol y Sombre.

In the previous article I began a reassessment of the results of the 2016 Presidential Election in Pennsylvania, about which I have written a few articles already, as it was regarded before the election as a critical state in the election and, in fact, proved to be exactly that. I had examined the evidence and… (read more)

The Forces of Darkness Updated: Part One-Look on the Bright Side!

In the immediate aftermath of  the November election I re-examined my predictions for the Presidential Election in Pennsylvania using the data available at the time. Subsequently the official election results have been published by the Pennsylvania Department of State along with the final registration numbers for November 8, 2016, allowing me to revisit the question… (read more)

Notes from Trump Land: The Takers!

Everglades City, Florida. Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017. I promised myself that I would spend the week of the inauguration camping and birding in the remotest parts of the Everglades, free from the news and distractions and aggravations of the assumption of power of the person (and his minions) who poses the greatest threat to… (read more)

More Blues

As I waited for luggage at the Terminal A baggage carousel in Logan Airport recently, I noticed a promotion on a nearby wall for Boston’s Grove Hall neighborhood. The poster advertises all the great things waiting to be discovered in the neighborhood. Visit Franklin Park Zoo! Tee up at William Devine Golf Course! Explore Olmsted’s… (read more)

The Hub of the Universe?

“Boston State-House is the hub of the solar system. You couldn’t pry that out of a Boston man if you had the tire of all creation straightened out for a crowbar.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, 1858.     This quote recorded by Holmes is the source of the famous nickname… (read more)