April 15th is another eventful date

Well.  April 15th is another day that it seems like so many things happened throughout history.  And for the most part, it seems like it has been a date on which a lot of truly tragic things happened.  Honestly, I can only think of one really cool thing that happened on this date: it was the day that Jackie Robinson first debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.  And as big a fan of baseball as I am, and as happy as I am about how far my favorite sport has come since that time, I can’t help but contrast that event with all the other terrible, tragic things that have happened on this day.

Of course, the most immediate thing for me is that this is the 3rd anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.  Hard to believe it has already been three years.  But I am glad that Boston had really come together and bounced back.

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I thank God for our city council

The Cambridge City Council has voted in a policy order to make known that they are opposed to the 2024 Boston Olympic bid.   I get the impression that no one in the group to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston thought to discuss their plan with surrounding communities to feel the waters, so to speak.

I cannot believe that any serious person would think that hosting the 2024 Olympics here in Boston is a good idea.  And with such a relatively small window to prepare, it is quite unrealistic.  In fact, it is hands down one of the dumbest ideas I have heard put forth in a long time.

Where would we put it all?

Yes, I know Kelly has talked about this already, but I have to throw in my own two cents worth, because this is something that has actually gotten me quite a bit fired up and angry.  It is yet another case of the privileged few dictating to everyone else.

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@MetroBOS thinks we’ve “lost the marathon spirit”

Twitter is hilarious.  It has the tremendous power for good and also the power to do some really horrible stuff.  Then stuff like this happens.

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All are welcome here

One of the pleasures of working for a church that is also a historic site is that I get to talk with a lot of very interesting people from all over the world.  Although we do get some rude people, for the most part it is a really positive experience, and today was no different.

Today, I got to have an extended conversation with a total stranger about faith, and about the commonalities of our two faiths, Christianity and Islam.

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More news like this, please

Yesterday I saw the news that Michael Clarke Duncan had died and I was SO sad.  His part in The Green Mile had really left me feeling like I knew him.  As an actor he’d stepped out of himself and let the character fill him.  In other words, he did a damn fine job and I really, truly respected that.  Geoff and I both, when we heard the news separately, felt like we’d been socked in the gut.

This kind of news, however, I could read all day.

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In honor of the 4th

I have some friends for whom the 4th of July is their favorite holiday of the year.  Other are more middle of the road about it.  Me?  I’m not into huge groups of people waiting for things to go BOOM over their heads or the tourists that flood the city decking themselves out in flag clothes and leaving their trash everywhere.  I grew up and now live in the two cities largely responsible for the birth of this nation.  As a result I’m over the Liberty Bell and the Pops on the Esplanade.

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