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tourist tsouris

Saturday is a day off for this project. Splendid, I thought: I will explore a couple museums, treat myself to lunch, stay out of Debbie’s way for the day. So I took off, starting with the Fogg Art Museum. It’s free Saturday mornings, which is nice; it’s less than a mile from here. Since Saturday […]

street ministry

another quick post in my remaining 5 minutes of time on the Boston Public Library free computer access. Hoping for better soon. Yesterday I spent a couple hours with Steven talking to people on the street. When I got back to where I’m staying, I wrote 9 pages on it–won’t reproduce that here! Some people […]

common art

This will be a quick post–I have 4:40 minutes left on a free terminal at the Boston Public Library. Common art is way, way cool. A big open room, decent light, drop cloth on floor and on each of a lot of tables. All kinds of art supplies. A couple people who set up and […]


It’s Tuesday, the sun is shining, there are boats out on the Charles River, which I can see from Debbie’s dining room and as I walk to the T (the subway). I can find that reliably, and a couple places to get coffee or a simple meal. Groceries–that’s another T stop beyond Harvard Square. I’m […]

More Sunday

apologies that this is out of chronological order. But maybe chronological order isn’t the point. Three women from a congregation someplace brought a box full of home-made purses to give after the service. They were in bright fabrics, all lined, simple bags with a zipper closure and two loop handles. Yes, they wanted anyone who […]


Monday’s official activities are a free lunch at St. Paul’s Cathedral; a Eucharist and healing service; and a homeless AA meeting. Then I met with Kathy to talk about what I’ll do for the month. The lunch is put on by a different parish each week; they serve soup, a hot sandwich, a vegetable, and […]

Sunday: Three Churches

I’m starting to find where I can connect so I can post. For now, to catch up, I’m going to do a few short pieces to cover the last few days. It poured rain this morning as I walked to get coffee and a roll — couldn’t find the café where I had a large, […]

arrrived safely

This is not going to include thought or insight, just gratitude to everyone who is responding and supporting me. Gratitude to Amtrack for a safe and easy trip with luggage arriving at the same time I did. Gratitude to Debbie for giving me a wonderful place to stay–it is indeed two doors down from SSJE […]


I am planning for my month in Boston, realizing suddenly that I’ve never spent a whole month away from my house, in someone else’s house, since–well, since college. And that’s different. I’ve had people live in my house for anyplace from a school year to a few months, but I’ve never been the guest. I […]

Book by Book

Or, Talking about the Book Sale — again When I show up at the earlier services at my church, people expect I’m either going to ask for volunteers for the overflow or talk about the book sale. This week, it’s time to talk about the book sale. Since 1998, we’ve run an annual used book […]