Monthly Archives: September 2010

(Not so) far from the madding crowd

There were approximately three ga-zillion people at last weekend’s Faire on the Square. The requisite bounce house was filled with kids. Churches, banks, dentists and the sanitation department were handing out thousands of tchotchkes to thousands of passers-by. Cotton candy … Continue reading

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Forgive/Humble

My daughter saw the spiderman-shaped balloon. So we had to go over. He had a booth at the Faire on the Square, with kids buzzing through enjoying a variety of balloons. I noticed Eddie’s right arm, which was emblazoned with … Continue reading

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Road (De)construction

They’re all over Watertown this fall — “Road Closed” signs, attended by police officers and the din of construction. I spent lots of time today following detour signs and re-routing myself down streets I’d never travelled. I arrived late everywhere, … Continue reading

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Following the Bus

If you live or work in Watertown, and you drive a car, you have had the experience of finding yourself trapped behind the bus. This only happens to me when I am in a hurry. I am late for an … Continue reading

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The Evil Eye

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the Armenian Festival on Bigelow St. yesterday, After the lamhajun and the baklava, after chatting with the ladies who run to the church bazaar, after the requisite street-fair bounce house experience. we met Edward … Continue reading

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Marketplace of Identities

Some people are fascinated by what we buy. I’m fascinated by what we give away. If our clothes and the objects with which we surround ourselves “make a statement,” as the HGTV and Lifetime networks would have us believe, then … Continue reading

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Splashy Labor Day

Surely the sight of children splashing joyfully in water is one of the great delights of summer. But only rarely, I’ve noticed, do adults frolic alongside the kids. No splashy business for us. Why is that? Why do we older … Continue reading

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