5 Things I Learned Last Week

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I spent a lot of last week in Boston (my wife was running the marathon). Assuming I can find some time, I’ll post some a few thoughts on the trip later this week. In the meantime, here’s a Boston themed 5 Things… The coloured lights on top of the old Hancock building tell the weather: “Solid blue, clear view,” “Flashing blue, clouds due,” “Solid red, rain ahead,” and “Flashing red, snow instead” (during the summer, flashing red means the Red Sox game is rained out). The Boston Common is the oldest public park in the US and has been around since 1634. Boston was home to the first subway tunnel in the US – Tremont Subway. It opened in 1897. On March 10th, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the very first phone call in history from his Boston machine shop. The first state-issued car license plates were issued in Boston, because nosy neighbour Frederick Tudor wanted to know who was driving past his house. He got license plate number 1 (and a relative still owns the registration for that plate). Get a FREE copy of my short story, Only Friends by subscribing to my newsletter. [5 Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on … Read More


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Like so many people, I’m horrified by the bombings in Boston on Monday and my thoughts are with everyone affected. My connection with the running community is modest but it was enough to bring it all a little bit closer to home; to make it all a little bit more real. I watched a recording of the elite race on Tuesday evening and it was impossible to reconcile the happy, cheering crowds lining Boylston Street as the leaders completed the race with the carnage that we saw a couple of hours later. As the human stories behind the tragedy become known it’s clear that, once again, we’ve seen both the worst and the best of mankind this week. [The article Boston  by Philip Harris originally appeared on Solitary Mindset on April 18th, 2013]