After years of blogging from Keene, New Hampshire, these days I live in Newton, Massachusetts, a lush and leafy suburb of Boston. Whether I’m in Newton or elsewhere, I walk the world with a digital camera and the Buddha’s own mantra, “What is this?”

Just as Henry David Thoreau made it his life’s goal to “travel a great deal” in his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts, I try to travel a great deal wherever I go, exploring the sights and keeping my eyes open while I walk the dog, commute to work, go grocery shopping, and otherwise live my life. Hoarded Ordinaries is a day-to-day account of such open-eyed rambles in and around New England.