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Reflections on a Week in Boston

June 30, 2011

Harvard Yard

“If thou fill thy brain with Boston and New York, with fashion and covetousness, and wilt stimulate thy jaded senses with wine and French coffee, thou shalt find no radiance of wisdom in the lonely waste of the pinewoods.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

In 1989, I almost went to college in Boston. In 1998, I almost went to law school in Boston. My favorite, super cool professor in law school was from Boston. I like lobster and Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and “Good Will Hunting”. What can I say? Boston is a town of “almosts” and “maybes” for me; a place that I never lived, but always liked.

During my week in Boston, I was able to take advantage of what (in my geeky little world, at least) was a true “chance of a lifetime”: The opportunity to have a glass of wine at the Harvard Faculty Club. I’ve had better wine, but I was already drunk on the very smell of Harvard. It smelled of old leather and books and hunter green (if hunter green had a smell). It was equestrian and elegant and proud. I felt comfortable and welcome there, and was happy, for once, to have invested so much time and money in my education. I vowed right then and there to start devoting more time to those things that make me feel truly inspired. What inspires you?

Ready for the Harvard Club!

At the Harvard Club with Canadian Astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk

At the Harvard Club with Author and Harvard Professor Robert Kaplan

Shopping on Newbury Street in Boston

A fabulous sunny day for shopping in Boston!

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  1. July 1, 2011 6:10 am

    I adore the gorgeous pics of you, Holly. You’re a big-sunglasses-girl…just like me! Love your description of the Harvard Club. I know exactly what you mean about if hunter green had a scent. :)

    As for what inspires me…the beach always does it. The sound of the waves, warmth of the sun, yummy seafood and a more laid-back lifestyle that accompanies it all. I love the beach first thing in the morning, during the afternoon and even in the dark of night. *sigh* Wish I were there right now!

  2. July 1, 2011 8:13 am

    Thank you so much for your comment, Piper! I can always count on you to write something to make me smile! :) I love your description of the beach–very inspiring indeed! Reminds me of my days living in Long Beach, NY, when I rented a tiny over-priced bungalow right on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. I can still hear that creeky screen door and see the bottle opener that was attached to the wall of the living room! I bet you would have loved it!

    All the best to you! Thanks again for reading–I am truly honored.

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