For almost a decade I've been working as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, and living in Cambridge for almost 10 years-- in the Agassiz neighborhood since 2007 when I bought a little 2-bedroom condo there. I love the neighborhood-- nice and quiet but all the great restaurants around the corner, and most importantly just a 12 minute walk from my office in Harvard's Memorial Church. (Though as of these years I've also leased a new 3200 office on JFK street where I direct a staff of 7+ who help me with run the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard-- an independent nonprofit-- which has grown steadily over the years.
My fiancee Jackie is a litigator at a large law firm, from Allentown, PA, originally. We've recently moved in together and are getting ready for our June 2014 wedding. So far we've been to Tel Aviv, Israel and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico together and are thinking about various European destinations for our honeymoon in August. Or maybe Cuba, where my mom is from. Or maybe India or Japan or who knows. (It's my job to figure it out and she wants me to get on with it already!)
Both Jackie and I think a lot about who we are, what we value, what kind of lives and world we want to build. I'm working on book #2 about this, and Jackie is constantly looking for meaningful extra-curricular activities like adult education, volunteering for her College alumni association (she's very proud to have gone to a great women's college) and of course friends...I guess if we had to summarize it here, I'd say we're passionate about community. We believe the meaning of life is found in relationships-- there's nothing better than people who care about one another getting to spend time together, talk, eat, and leave the world a little better than they found it.
Right now we're planning 2 things:
1) Our D.I.Y. wedding in Cambridge in June--ceremony at Memorial Church in Harvard Yard, reception at the Armory in Somerville. All the food, drinks, etc. from local restaurants & businesses. Compostable plates & silverware made of recycled bamboo leaves. A wedding band composed of our friends and colleagues who just happen to be great musicians. Family & friends coming in from all over the US. In fact, we're flying in our rabbi from Israel, and she's using her honorarium to pay for her husband's flight because he really wants to attend our ceremony. Our close friend the Muslim chaplain at Harvard will help her officiate.
2) Our honeymoon, in [destination T.B.D.] Maybe we'll rent a boat?!
In terms of us as guests-- we're very conscientious. We'll keep your home very clean, we're easy to talk to about anything that might come up, we really like the idea of Airbnb and we want to choose great people as our hosts and help them feel like the experience was just as positive for them as it will be for us. Just ask us about anything you'd like to know!