Lit Crawl Boston – Boston Book Festival
I grew up in the Boston suburbs and graduated from Emerson College when it was still in Back Bay. At 22, I left Massachusetts to spread my wings, moving first to Northern Virginia, then exploring the state New Jersey, eventually settling in Monmouth County (exit 117 😉).
Recently, I’ve felt a strong pull to be back in Boston. Several times during my illness (which started in 2009), different scenarios have been posited for moving back to Massachusetts. The bottom line is I haven’t been well enough to move: all of my doctors are here, and I’ve got a great team – that’s a challenge to put together and it wouldn’t be prudent to start over (especially now that I’m making some progress).
Nevertheless, I still feel the pull of the history and opportunities. I dream of going back, not as an invalid, but ready to make a contribution. My job now is to get well so I can make my dreams a reality.
Get ready for a night of literary mayhem and merry making. The 2nd Annual Boston Lit Crawl is Thursday, October 26th from 6:30-9:30pm! This evening of fun is free, and it all takes place along Newbury Street and throughout the Literary District.
Check out the schedule and sign up for your favorite activities.
P.S. Be sure to add Literary Balderdash, a game show presented by GrubStreet and Brookline Booksmith, to your Lit Crawl itinerary!
It’s frightening, because it’s true.
I can speak from firsthand knowledge that living through 11 presidencies of varying degrees of competence (and the occasional scandal or criminality) gives you some perspective on what we are experiencing today. Norman Ornstein, political scientist and resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, has lived through 13 of them. What he sees with the Trump Administration is something so unique it needs a special word to describe it, a word that has been out of popular usage for nearly two centuries. The word is “kakistocracy.”
kakistocracy (English pronunciation: /kækɪsˈtɑkɹəsi/) is a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. … It was also used by English author Thomas Love Peacock in 1829, but gained significant usage in the 21st century.
Today seems to be a Steampunk dream day. As I lie here in bed wracked with pain, I am dreaming about the endless possibilities of Steampunk life.
Unfortunately, theses are not currently available in prescription strength… So for my perfect vision friends…. how cool….
Expanded from the original article by Dr Robert Bransfield written earlier this year.
Finally, this epidemic within a pandemic is being recognized.
The first few years of my illness, my cats, my mom, and my faith (in different orders and combinations), got me through the rough patches. For a time I also belonged to an online Lyme group devoted to patients who were having suicidal thoughts (I’ve never known anyone admit to being homicidal). There were nights I’ve stayed up late talking to someone in crisis and times I had to tune others out to take care of myself.
I’ve lost two Facebook friends to suicide. I can’t imagine what they experienced that tipped them over the edge. It’s time the suffering this disease causes is noticed and taken seriously.