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Reebee Garofalo has lived in the Cambridge/Somerville area since 1970. He is a Professor Emeritus at UMass Boston, a musician, an activist, and the author of the book, Rockin’ Out: Popular Music in the USA, "A comprehensive social history of popular music in the United States.”

Burning a beeswax candle is as ancient as Egypt and as religious as the Catholic Church. The proprietor of Luna & Stars Apothecary, Sharon Preziosi Sciuto, demonstrates how easy and satisfying it is to make your own beeswax candles.

Even though I am a Cambridge resident, I tagged along with a friend of mine to the Somerville Democratic Caucus held at the Somerville high school on Saturday, March 3, 2018. For Cambridge residents, the caucuses were held in February.

I don’t know how many times I’ve been standing outside the Lilypad in Inman Square and someone walks by and says, “What goes on in here?” Well I know what goes on in there, but let me introduce you, dear passerby, to the Lilypad.

I am an enthusiast of the esoteric. In my younger day, I searched the stars to find the meaning of my own life. But now, I read the tea-leaves looking for any sign that the Trump administration will end abruptly, and America will find its way out of the hand basket to hell.

Due to current day American politics, and a country divided, most of my daylight hours are spent trying to quell the burning fire of rage that has left my soul a barren waste of scorched earth. My evenings are soothed and quenched by the august period piece, The Crown, which “chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times.”

It is not hard to understand the Trump administration’s response to the recently ravaged US territory, Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria ferociously swept across the island on September 20, 2017.

DJ Joe Bermudez opened for Madonna at the Boston Garden. Can you imagine that!

The art of the remix and the rise of DJ superstars have baffled me. I have never been quite sure where the genius is in “remixing” someone else’s song, or why a lone fellow with a computer on stage at the Boston Garden may be an appealing show to watch. But local celeb and genuinely nice guy, DJ Joe Bermudez, took the time to inform and educate me on this elusive mystery.

I first laid eyes on DS Wells at the Senior Center in Central Square on election night. I was on the CCTV crew covering the election results, while she, along with the new police Commissioner, Branville G. Bard, Jr and several other police officers were on duty protecting the process.

What captured my attention was her height and posture. DS Wells is 6’1, but more importantly she carries herself with an approachable and impressive authority. Posture is one of those tactic human messaging systems that doesn’t always get the gravitas it deserves, until it awes you with its command.

Over the last couple of years as we have lost our rock & roll icons and symbols of our youth and rebellion, I uttered the most unfortunate words, “At least I won’t have to worry about Tom for a while.”

On October 2, 2017, my boss at NeighborMedia, Frank Morris Lopez, was the one to break it to me via text message. Tom Petty had been rushed to UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, CA having suffered cardiac arrest and showing no brain activity.