Jul 072012
 
My Speech With the Mayor at the Boston Hostel Opening

Perhaps you read in the Boston Globe that Boston just opened the New Boston Hostel: a gorgeous, affordable 480-bed hostel in the heart of downtown…

…and that I gave a rousing speech to the packed crowd at the grand opening and ribbon-cutting, alongside the Mayor of Boston!

Here is the text of my speech.

Hello, my name is Lillie Marshall, and I am a 30-year old Boston Public Schools teacher. Any guesses how [...Read More!]

Jun 252012
 
The Funniest Signs on Cape Cod, Thanks to Sandwich, MA

Notice the extreme seriousness of my face in the lead photo of this article.

But dearest readers, I ask you: How can you NOT be saddened, thinking of all the ham sandwiches in history that have been burned by toasters?

How can you NOT sniffle, remembering that veggie panini scorched by your Mickey-Mouse-shaped grill that went rogue last summer?

How can a single tear NOT roll down your cheek, recalling that day you put [...Read More!]

Jun 092012
 
Improve Your Relationships: Travel for a Day or More!

Want to improve your romantic, friendship, or family relationships?

Here’s an easy method that works, and is even backed up by science: Travel for a day trip or longer.

Why does travel enhance human connections? Expansion.

To elaborate on the research behind this, let’s draw from the excellent New York Times article, “The Happy Marriage is the ‘Me” Marriage.” In this article, Tara Parker-Pope pulls together a number of recent studies to explain that happier [...Read More!]

Jun 022012
 
A Wedding Trial for a Traveler Who Never Wears Makeup

Our wedding is in less than two months, and so this week I had my first ever wedding makeup trial!

Now, let’s discuss the concept of makeup.

How does makeup fit into the life of a normal gal, as well as a traveler? Answer: I’ve never seen the point of makeup.

I’ve done pretty fine in my life without it (you know, career, family, friends, fiance, fun). So why would I spend the time and money [...Read More!]

Apr 292012
 
Edcamp: Is an UnConference the Best Way to Learn?

Everything I know about learning has shifted.

Today I attended my first UnConference: EdCamp Boston 2012, and it was a day-long revelation. To explain what happened today, let me awkwardly interview myself.

Q: What the heck is an UnConference?

A: In an UnConference, a bunch of like-minded people get together at an appointed venue and time. In the case of EdCamp Boston, 400 folks interested in Education converged on a gloriously sunny day at the [...Read More!]

Feb 142012
 
Two Secrets on How to Save Lots of Money on a Wedding

“Oooh, Miss M.!” squealed my students the day after I got engaged. “Your diamond engagement ring is HUGE!”

Well, folks, it’s time to come clean. I do not have a diamond engagement ring.

What I really have is… a $25 crystal ring. Hah!!!!!

Colin and I bought the fake ring together, laughing uproariously the whole time, from the back of a sketchy store in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. “The funniest part about this,” I squeaked amid gales of [...Read More!]

Jan 312012
 
African American History of Boston in a Tour and Timeline

When many people think of Black-White race relations in Boston, they often think of the violent racial battles in the 1970s over forced desegregation of Boston Public Schools through busing.

Either that, or, if they’re not from Boston, they think of the zillion recent Tough White Gangster Boston movies like “The Departed” and ask, “Wait, there are Black people in Boston?”

Guess what, folks? Boston actually has a LONG, RICH African-American History!

I am [...Read More!]

Dec 172011
 
Mansions and Danger at the Cliff Walk in Newport, R.I.

One of the most dramatic tourist attractions in New England is totally free: the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk in historic Newport, Rhode Island!

Just make sure, as this sign pictured to the left politely points out, not to hurtle off the “cliff” aspect of the whole “Cliff Walk” thing.

Here’s what makes the Cliff Walk so amazing: it’s a marriage of nature’s glory with the most opulent human-made mansions imaginable.

On one side, you have [...Read More!]

Nov 262011
 
My First Vegan Thanksgiving Was Delicious!

If you’ve read about my new fiancé Colin eating duck feet and pig tails in China, you may be shocked to learn that his family is vegan!

For maximal heart health, Colin’s parents, Diane and Estes, follow the Doctor Esselstyn Diet: no meats, fish, eggs, oil (even olive oil), processed grains, milk products, or avocados, and very limited sugars and salt.

You may be gasping now, especially if you are a meat-and-oil-loving American, but [...Read More!]