Author Archives: Angela

About Angela

Angela is an associate professor of mathematics and enjoys writing, reading, and talking to people about her bike. She's the proud mother of two cute kids, H and R.

Kidical Mass North Cambridge

We’re leading a Kidical Mass ride in North Cambridge this summer! The will be on July 18th at 10am, starting and ending in Rev. Williams park (corner of Cedar and Dudley). This will be a 3-mile ride on roads and … Continue reading

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How common is courtesy?

This past weekend, my family took a walk to see the red-tailed hawks nesting in our neighborhood. On the way home, Nathan was yelled at by a fast-moving biker for stopping to say hello to someone. At the time we … Continue reading

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Stuff

Last night I had the great fortune of getting to hear some words from Anne Leonard at the Consuming Kids Summit and I got to re-watch the Story of Stuff on a big screen. I hadn’t seen the film in … Continue reading

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Not shopping with kids

One huge advantage of our carfree lifestyle is that we don’t shop very much. I believe being without a car means fewer shopping trips, but I don’t have any research to back me up. If you’ve seen any, please leave … Continue reading

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In Praise of Car-Light Families

Occasionally, we worry that people get the wrong idea about us. I know that some readers out there probably think that we are environmental extremists, going to absurd lengths for our carfree cause. But to be honest, we’re fairly lazy … Continue reading

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Gifts for City Dwellers and Other Small-Space Folks

Over the years, our friends and family have had to get used to our unique needs around gifts. We love generosity and connecting with loved ones, but with four of us sharing 660 square feet, we don’t have a lot … Continue reading

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Check out Shareable.net

Today, we have an article featured on Shareable.net, “How to be a carfree family.” Those of you who are carfree, car-light, or just interested in the lifestyle should check it out and leave a comment. Jeremy Adam Smith also has … Continue reading

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Join us at Honkfest!

It’s October, and that means it’s time for Honkfest, Somerville’s fabulous music festival. We’ll be enjoying the bands on Saturday and riding our fabulous Xtracycle in the parade on Sunday. We’ll be with at least one other family with a … Continue reading

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Carfree Roundup

Shareable: What is a Shareable City? Chris Carlsson talks about the shared space of cities and how cities create a shared culture and are created by that shared culture. He also identifies an important need I’ve been thinking about a … Continue reading

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Blogging for dollars

Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about the controversy over “mommy bloggers” accepting payment or goods from companies.* If the coverage hasn’t gotten to you, try the Newsweek piece, or the NPR piece. Off and on, I’ve wondered if … Continue reading

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