Category Archives: Massachusetts

Oxford English Dictionary adds “Masshole”

BosTongue, MassholeEarlier this week the Oxford English Dictionary added the word Masshole, formalizing a term well known to frustrated drivers throughout the Northeast.  The dictionary defines the term as a piece of “coarse slang” meaning “a term of contempt for a native or inhabitant of the state of Massachusetts,”  Masshole was one of nearly 500 words added to the dictionary, along with twerk, sext, hyperlocal, freegan, fratty, and fo’ shizzle.

You can read the full article in The Boston Globe, here.

Hourly wage required to afford a 2BR rental in each state

cost of living by stateClick on the image above to enlarge image

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has calculated the hourly wage a resident would need to earn to afford a moderate, two-bedroom apartment in each state. They found that the average hourly wage needed to rent a $1,006 two-bedroom unit in the United States is $19.35 ($40,240 per year); it is $24.64 (51,250 per year) in Massachusetts.

Unsurprisingly, Massachusetts (along with pretty much the entire Northeast and Mid Atlantic states) is listed as one of the most expensive places to live. Massachusetts can do better and news earlier this year that Boston is building more affordable homes / apartments is good but we have to do better.

Memorial Day tribute

Memorial Day Boston CommonWhat a beautiful tribute:  37,000 flags placed on the Boston Common to represent every Massachusetts military member who died in service.  Photo by Katherine Larson.

Attention wine lovahs

Amisfield Pinot Gris 2012, New ZealandLast week, local blogger, Richard Auffrey, wrote a post  on his blog, The Passionate Foodie, that wine lovers in MA need to know about called, Rant: A Plea To Wine Lovers In Massachusetts.

In his post, (which I encourage you to read – use the link above), he explains some of the details of our state’s new Direct Shipment Law.  However, what I wanted to focus on was his plea that wine lovers contact their favorite U.S. wineries and tell them you want to be able to get their wines shipped to you. These wineries need to know that a demand for their wines exists and it will be financially advantageous to apply for a Direct Wine Shipper license.

Write a letter or email to your favorite wineries or contact them through your preferred social media outlet and most importantly – get the word out to your friends to do the same.

When will MA legalize marijuana

potAccording to an article in The Boston Globe last month, a local group called Bay State Repeal is organizing and collecting signatures for a ballot question in 2016 that, if passed, would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. A more powerful national group, Marijuana Policy Project, also organized a referendum committee, which is considered a first step in a process that is less than two years away.

Polls indicate that Massachusetts supports such legislation with ballot initiatives in 2008 and again in 2012 approved by 63% of voters.  I understand and have heard the arguments against legalizing marijuana, but I still would rather have it regulated and sold legally.  What do you think of such an initiative if it is brought to a vote?

You might be from New England if…

you ever had one of these sandwiches before.  Can you name that sandwich?New England

Eleven years ago today this happened in MA

Same Sex MarriageNovember 18th, 2013 the Massachusetts State Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a ban on gay marriage is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Opponents made doomsday predictions about how this would destroy traditional marriage. History has proven those arguments were nothing more than thinly veiled homophobic rantings.

I would imagine the fact that the very, very gay friendly state of Massachusetts having the lowest divorce rate per capita in the United States is a very inconvenient truth for those who continue to oppose same sex marriage on the basis that it harms the institution of marriage.