Rachael Solem


Irving House Gazette turtle

Although the road is never ending
take a step and keep on walking,
do not look fearfully into the distance.
On this path, let your heart be your guide
for the body is hesitant and full of fear.


beehives in a field

Hello Dear Faithful Readers~

I am sending this out a bit early so if you would like to find an Earth Day event near you to join, you can plan.

If you click on the picture of the beehives above, you will be linked to a registration page for an upcoming webinar put on by the caretakers of our bee hives, Best Bees. In the webinar, bee keepers from across the country will be discussing their work and how they are celebrating Earth Day.  The webinar will be held 4/21.

Here is another way to join the efforts to keep our home planet habitable:

SciStarter: Science we can do together

We at Irving House continue to seek to lighten our environmental footprint.  There is plenty left to do in all areas.  This day reminds us to keep up the good work wherever we are…

And Zoia has provided a lovely photograph to inspire our work. She took this from the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, a glorious sunrise. This is the place to see the first rays of sun in the USA!

Not sure whether to put this in Wish You Were Here or Our Fair City, but here it is: Che, who works at our front desk in the evenings and some overnights, recently had a visit from a cat.

Two Harvard students stopped by the front desk to ask if they could let this cat in, as he seemed to want to visit.  Che agreed, and kept an eye on him, and caught a photo.  This cat felt confident enough to just walk around the house for a bit before leaving.  Here he is at the top of the first floor stairs, quite content…

Remy the Harvard Cat

Then, Anguel, also at our front desk, did some research on our feline visitor and found he is a local celebrity, His name is Remy.  He is well known and well loved in the Harvard University community…We are so pleased he wanted to get to know Irving House!

Here is some background on this neighborhood celebrity in

The Harvard Crimson

and in

The Harvard Gazette

And just because this sounds so inviting, if you happen to be in Cambridge Friday 4/21, or any time after, this may be worth your visit:

Earth Day at Curio Spice