Boston is my adopted home town, but it occurs to me that I won't be staying here forever.

For the time that I am here, there are some wonderful places and things that I would like to record for posterity.  Part of my motivation is to do and see some things before my time here comes to an end.  But none of it is much fun if there is no one to share it with.  So a big part of my motivation is to share some of these things, places and ideas with you, dear reader.

Because of its revolutionary history, Boston is a big tourist town.  Many times I walk by these historical sights without so much as a second glance.  This blog gives me a reason to stop and take a closer look, and share this wealth with as many people as possible who are curious about this wonderful, special, beautiful place.

Boston is famous as the seat of the American Revolution.  The first shots were fired not far from Boston Town, on the Lexington Green.  But today there is another revolution going on in and around Boston - the convergence of technology and biotechnology that is leading humanity to ...  to where?  At the very least, we can say we are being led inexorably toward a future filled with both peril and promise.

Revolutions are singularities.  They are breakpoints.  Discontinuities in the flow of history.  A revolution is a turning point.  The day before the revolution it was that way; the day after, it is a different way.  That, in and of itself is exhilarating.

Finally, I have had the great fortune to live in and travel to many places in the world over the course of my life.  Leaving is always difficult.  You always end up missing certain places, even if you only stayed there for a day.  What I have learned is that it is best to miss a place in advance, while you're still there.  That way, when you get to wherever it is you're going, you can hit the ground running, without looking back and getting all tripped up in a bunch of nostalgic sentimentality.  All of this is just another way of saying live the life in front of you to its fullest.  Drink it in and savor every moment of it, and you'll never have any regrets.

Michael Nystrom
Somerville, Mass