There is something especially satisfying about a walk down Charles Street or anywhere on the hill when the leaves are falling and the weather is unusually warm at the end of September.
When September is nearing its end and we are in shortsleeves and mingling with one another in this neighborhood, walking brick sidewalks, admiring fine architecture, tasting of all the food treats available, and just minding our own business enjoying the day, well, life doesn’t get much better than this when you are healthy and alive.
A stroll down Charles Street or a walk around the hill, up to the State House and then around it and down Beacon Street and then back onto Charles, give those who do it a respite from the wearying and stale news abounding around us.
That news is like bothersome noise, dangerous static, or debilitating nothingness. The politics of the fall of 2011 are taking down the nation.
It is politics over common sense, party and dogma over doing the right thing. There appears to be no end to it.
The folks in Washington like to point out that this is how it can be in a democracy. That the endless and frustrating debate over party and dogma is as good a condition as jettisoning stale politics and sticking to sensible policy and finding solutions absent of politics.
Well, it isn’t the case.
We have some real time problems with the economy that need sorting out in a big way. That need transcends dogma and politics but you’d never know it listening to our leaders squandering away what remains of the national wealth.
Neither party knows the way. Even the economists don’t know the way.
To take a line from Ecclesiastes – even a wise man doesn’t know the way.
Enjoy the privacy of your own thoughts on a stroll down Charles Street in the early fall when the weather remains warm and the leaves are falling.
It is better than anything else for a mental boost when you are healthy and alive.