Day 546: A place in the world

Yesterday, after I created an important post (for me), I went for a walk by the Charles River, in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA.

A tune I love, by Pat Metheny, called “A Place in the World” was playing on my iPhone.

This was my place in the world, as I saw it:

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Then, my iPhone died.  And I heard and saw many more wonderful things, in that place in the world. You’ll just have to take my word for it.

Then, last night, I returned to Central Square in Cambridge — a place in the world originally featured here, on Day 511: All-request Weekend.

This time, I was there with my son, for a comedy show with one of our heroes.


(I found that image — plus an interview — here.)

That’s Jonathan Katz. (His official website is here.) On the left, he’s in his animated role of “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.” That Comedy Central Show, airing from 1995 to 2002, is one of my favorite TV shows ever — probably not surprisingly, since it combines two of my passions: stand-up comedy and psychotherapy.  I loved each episode, all over again, when I watched them with my son, Aaron, who is also a student of stand-up comedy.

The comedians appearing on Dr. Katz’s couch ranged (alphabetically) from


Tom Agna to


Steven Wright, and included so many other amazing comedians, like

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Louis C.K.,


Kevin Meany,


Emo Philips,


Ray Romano,

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Garry Shandling, Jon Stewart (whose animated image I can’t find, right now), and dozens more.

Also appearing on that great TV Show, with Dr. Katz, was one of my favorite Boston-based (and now Los Angeles-based) comedians …


Ron Lynch, whose stand-up comedy class I took in the 1980’s.

Last night, at Improv Boston,   Jonathan Katz was wonderful, and not just because he included me, briefly, in his act. Aaron and I literally laughed out loud, many times.

Then, after the show, for the first time on any stage, Jonathan Katz and my son appeared together:


I’m so glad there’s a place in the world for such things.

Many thanks to Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, and all the other amazing musicans playing “A Place in the World,” to Corporal Joseph U. Thompson, to Jonathan Katz, to Improv Boston, to Ron Lynch, to every comedian who’s ever inspired me or Aaron, to professional (and other types of) therapists, and to you — of course! — for visiting this particular place in the world, today.

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37 thoughts on “Day 546: A place in the world

  1. I love the photos and your story Ann! Somehow comedy and psychotherapy make great bed-fellows (so to speak) 🙂
    Diana xo

  2. Very cool! I hope you’re feeling more comfortable about Wednesday. Best to you!

  3. What a terrific day, Ann, iPhone dying and all. You got everything you needed, it appears to my eyes.

    The final photo is priceless.

    Here’s to Jonathan Katz, for putting you in the routine and Aaron on the stage.

    Viewing this picture, which I hope to see on Aaron’s website years down the line, I must comment:

    Here is a young man with no place to go but up on the stand-up stage.

  4. Gene Phillips

    Simply great! Best to Aaron on his comedic endeavors.

  5. I hope this timely dose of laughter has dispersed some of your shadows. Good luck on Wednesday!

  6. Wow for a beautiful and peaceful place you found. Amazing photos. Wish you the best 🙂

  7. Thank u for sharing your beautiful photos. Viewing them, in the stillness, they took me to a place of serenity and peace.

  8. I played the music video while I enjoyed your photographs. I particularly liked the shot of the river with the geese swimming toward you. What a perfect day. Nature at it’s finest and humour shared with your son.

  9. OH, Ann, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your photos and your story!!! Thank you for doing what you do here!!! You really are the best!!! LOve, Amy

  10. I love your story and all the photos that go along with it…

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  14. Beautiful images captured!
    Fun pic at the end with your son & JK.

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