The Most Poignant of Days

I like to joke I decided to live in Boston after a guy wearing a red cup ran by me after the Boston Marathon in 2009 and I decided to stay here permanently.  Its not exactly true, but the marathon is a big reason for why I live here. The marathon to me is like ski season.  Every year is my favorite year.  I…

A Fight to the End

Somehow ski season always parallels my life.  I mean I guess it should but the way it goes, it does always parallel what’s going on in my life.  I had a few very turbulent months in regular world, so skiing world was also affected. The season started with me skiing three times on unwaxed skis which made movement on them kind of difficult.  A…

Never Mess with Ski Season

Recently I published my unbreakable rules for life on Facebook and I’m going to republish them here: 1. Never mess with the people that touch your food or medicines. 2. Ski season is holy. 3. No riding the green line after 10pm. 4. Haagen Dazs Vanilla Swiss Almond is the greatest ice cream flavor in the world. 5. If you eat my ice cream,…

Let’s Get Snapping and Cracking

I said that one day to one of my students and he thought it was so funny.  I told him I’d heard a guy say it in a movie and I thought it was clever so I took it for myself. I didn’t just hear any guy say that.  I heard Bill Cunningham, a demigod around these parts say it. A couple days ago…

They Were All Unique In Their Own Way

E.M. Forster wrote those words at the end of A Room With A View, a slender tome that was turned into a wonderful 1980s period piece starring Julian Sands and Helena Bonham Carter. Its a movie I have loved since I was about nine years old when it came out.  Buttoned up Lucy visits Florence with her yet more buttoned up chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett….

A man is whatever room he is in right now – Japanese Proverb

As uttered by the incomparable Bertram Cooper, played by the equally incomparable Robert Morse on Mad Men.  Occasionally when I need a little mental reset, I re-watch the entire Mad Men series.  I always liked the Bert Cooper character.  He was a good counter-balance to Roger Sterling and the other rogues on the show. Let’s consider though the quote from the beginning for a…

If You Didn’t Struggle, Then You Never Did It

When I tell people I go skiing, I get a variety of reactions.  Some people tell me that they took a ski lesson and on the first day, they skied down the black diamond.  This used to annoy me endlessly because I had gone skiing about 15 times before I even attempted one and I still remember it.  I was at Stratton Mountain and I…

From The Desk of Charles G. Hogg

A few years ago, I was teaching a writing class when the students had to use the news in their writing assignments.  There was always something going on so I was never short of material. One day I saw a news story that I knew the students would have a great time with.  Apparently I had long been misinformed about the fact that there…

We’re All Just Travelers

I guess I could quit while I’m ahead with the political posts, but whatev.  I mean a maniacal orange crayon has been president now for 10 days and has already set our democracy back approximately 200 years. I wrote about in the previous post about my experiences as a teenager growing up in the New York suburbs so its all out on the table…

Fight The Power

The blog is turning ten this year.  Yeah, the teen years are upon us!!!!!  While I’ve had the blog, I’ve stayed away from making political statements up here.  Politics and political discussion is fraught with controversy and never really leads anywhere good so I just kind of stayed away from it.  Anyway we had for eight years a wonderful, classy man as president who…