Summer Spots: Castle Island, Sugar Bowl, and Pleasure Bay

Summer Spots: Castle Island, Sugar Bowl, and Pleasure Bay

Homes of peace in South Boston, MA

The sun is scorching hot, you have the day off, and you want to get out of the house to a Summertime spot. The question is: where exactly can you go?

Three excellent options are Castle Island, the Sugar Bowl, and Pleasure Bay, all located right next to each other in South Boston, MA. These places are perfect for a walk, jog, bike ride, and relaxation. You will also find a variety of historical significance. Let's take a look at what is inside!

Here we are: the entrance of the island. On a nice weekday afternoon or weekend day, you may find that the parking lot is full. However, when the weather is not as good, there may actually be more seagulls than cars on the pavement.

One of the first and most notable things you will find on the island is Sullivan's, the food joint that offers hot dogs, burgers, seafood, and so much more.

Fun fact: I used to work here!

This is my favorite place to get a burger and fries.

The business of this restaurant also depends on the weather conditions and the time of day; during busy times, which is usually in great weather and when people are off of school and work, you may find an intimidating long line. But have no fear -- it moves fast because there are five registers and a hard working crew. On rainy days, Sullivan's will likely close early because not many people come to the island to begin with. So if you want to visit and the weather seems iffy, make sure you call them to find out when they plan to close.

Once you receive your food, you can enjoy it at the tables outside, on the rocks of the side of the building, or on the hill. Don't forget to go back in for ice cream!

As you stroll around Castle Island, you will be going around not only a peaceful area, but also the granite star fort known as Fort Independence.

As read in the photo above, it was placed on the island in 1634 and was previously called Castle William in honor of King William III of England. It served as a command post for British troops until 1776 and was also the first location of the Boston Marine Hospital.

Fort Independence is open to the public for tours and a Twilight Skyline Viewing at certain times over the Summer. They are the only ways you can walk inside and on top of the Fort.

On the edge of Castle Island, you'll find an obelisk facing Boston Harbor that serves as a monument to Donald McKay and the clipper ships that he built in Boston.

You'll also find the South Boston Korean War Memorial, which salutes the twenty South Boston natives who gave their lives in the Korean War.

There is a memorial of Robert M. Greene, who was a former Boston firefighter that passed away from multiple injuries after he fell from a building on Alpha Road on November 27, 1978. He had 14 years of service.

You will find some people fishing on Castle Island as well. The area pictured above is a common area to reel in some catches.

Linked to Castle Island is the Sugar Bowl, which loops around the water. It is another great trail like the one around Castle Island.

This view of the horizon is too perfect.

A walk around both Castle Island and the Sugar Bowl counts for a total of about 1.8 miles. Sometimes, you can't help but take a seat and enjoy sights of the area.

At the end of the Sugar Bowl is the South Boston World War II Memorial. It commemorates the 216 soldiers from South Boston who passed away in the line of service.

Between Castle Island and the Sugar Bowl is Pleasure Bay, a 170 acre lagoon surrounded by a pedestrian walkway that goes along South Boston's coastline and leads directly to Castle Island. It is a place my mother used to take me for beach days.

In front of Pleasure Bay is a monument of John E. Powers, who was the President of the Massachusetts State Senate in the 1950s. Powers helped in creating Pleasure Bay.

One of the best possible nights to visit Castle Island is the Fourth of July. Yes, it will be packed, and the line at Sullivan's will be extremely long. But you will be able to get decent views of fireworks. If you visit the island on the Fourth of July in 2018, you will also get to see the USS Constitution as it does its turnaround cruise from its Charlestown berth to Castle Island where it will exchange a 21-gun salute with a battery at Fort Independence.

Castle Island, the Sugar Bowl, and Pleasure Bay are possibly three of the most peaceful places to go to. They have meaning to me because I grew up visiting these attractions a lot, and they are some of my favorite ways for me to enjoy nice weather, whether I am with my family, friends, or myself. All is especially right with the world when I am relaxing on the grass and gazing at the water.

Cover Image Credit: Sullivan's Castle Island

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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Everything You Need To Know About The New Abortion Ban In Several States

DISCLAIMER: the following does not include any of my personal beliefs/opinions.


Abortion has and will always be a controversial and very sensitive topic for all genders. The following article delves into the details about the Alabama abortion ban that was signed to be a law which, if it passes, will be in effect January 2020 and briefly touches on the Georgia Heartbeat Bill.

Roe v. Wade (1973)

In 1973, Roe v. Wade 410 was passed in the U.S. by the Supreme Court. In short, this ruled that the Due Process Clause along with the 14th Amendment in the Constitution would work to give pregnant women the choice to choose whether or not they wanted an abortion AND should coincide with the government's personal agenda to protect the health of all who is involved. What I mean by this is that the Supreme Court decided during the second trimester of a pregnancy, abortions would be allowed. But, if it is the third trimester, abortion is to be prohibited unless the health of the mother is in danger. This law catapulted the abortion debate which is still going on today.

Abortion vs. Alabama

Alabama's governor, Kay Ivey, signed off on a bill that will basically ban all abortions, including rape, incest, any abnormality, and if the mother's life is in danger on May 14, 2019 after acquiring approval from 25 Senators . This could be a problem considering that it very much contradicts Roe v. Wade (1973). To Ivey, the bill is a reflection of the values in which the citizens of Alabama believe: all life is precious and a gift from God.

Governor of the State of Alabama, Kay Ivey (pictured above).

The governor of Georgia also signed a bill to ban abortion after detecting the slightest heartbeat which is approximately around the six-week pregnancy period (around the time most women discover that they are pregnant). Another important take on this is that despite the rift and debate that is going on between Democrats and Republicans, most Republicans believe that Roe v. Wade will be overturned. This is looking more like a possibility considering most of the Supreme Court consists of people who support the Republican party. In short, the main idea is to ban abortion in all of the United States, not just in some states like it is currently. In regards to Alabama, the bill still has not been enacted into a law and could possibly encounter delay in the Supreme Court because, after all, this is a very debated topic. For now, abortion is still legal until January 2020 or when it becomes a law.

Conditions of the Abortion Law

The conditions of the abortion law explicitly states that abortion during any stage of a pregnancy is prohibited and if any medical professional aids in the practice/procedure of an abortion, they will face up to 99 years in prison. If an attempt is made to perform an abortion procedure, an individual can be sentenced to 10 years in prison. Women who successfully get an abortion or attempt to will be prosecuted as well. However, only those who provide another with an abortion will be punished in Alabama, not the one receiving the service.

No form of abortion is allowed including: rape, incest, life-threatening abnormality, or putting the life of the mother in danger.

Alabama expected to approve controversial abortion bill

Two Sides to the Debate

Although most Republicans support the law, the Democratic party has combatted the notion of it. Many opponents of the ban state that the restriction can put the lives of many in danger and affects women of color and those who are living in poverty heavily. ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights have also declared that they will sue. Many young people have also reached out to social media websites such as Twitter and Instagram to voice their opinions:

Tweets from individuals who are anti-abortion ban

Many celebrities have also stated their opinions on the matter. Rihanna stated in one of her Instagram posts, "Take a look," referring to a picture of 25 Senators in Alabama who approved the abortion bill, "These are the idiots making decisions for WOMEN in America. Governor Kay Ivey...SHAME ON YOU!!!"

Although both sides clearly have their opinions on the debate of pro-life/pro-choice, one thing we all can agree on is that this will be a long process that can make or break the lives of a lot of people in our nation.

Until next time,


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