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Apple Picking in Boston Hill Farm

Autumn in New England is by far one of the most beautiful times of year, and one in which I tend to feel most grateful to call this region home. The bright colors engulf the landscape, making even a stroll to the park feel more appealing. The change in season brings more than just a… Read more »

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Sunset Picnic at the Beach

The beach is one of those places that makes me feel happy. The crowds, the heat, and the frigid waters of New England beaches make me less happy so I have learned to seek out the beach differently. My ideal time to beat the crowds and enjoy the best of what New England beaches have to offer is to head there an hour or two before sunset.

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Tenshin-en Garden of the Heart of Heaven

Peace. That elusive feeling we are all desperately searching for. The hectic lifestyle most of us lead, with constant pressure, deadlines, and non-stop connectivity to remind us of what we have yet to achieve, can make finding any semblance of that peace feel like a distant dream. Yet, peace is the only word I can… Read more »

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Scenes of Spring

Spring is one of the most beautiful times of year in New England, or pretty much anywhere for that matter. I always enjoy watching how it transforms cities into gardens, and makes everything more beautiful. As the streets of Lawrence bloom, the mills and their brick architecture seem to stand out more as they serve… Read more »

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White Mountains – Crawford Notch

Driving through the White Mountains in New Hampshire is one of my favorite New England experiences. Miles of picturesque winding roads, and  the changing and unpredictable weather make it a truly scenic experience. If you are driving down Route 302, one of the most beautiful sights you will encounter is Crawford Notch State Park.

Turkey Crossing

Song of the Open Road

“AFOOT and light-hearted I take to the open road! Healthy, free, the world before me! The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose! Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I am good fortune, Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, Strong and content, I travel the open road.”              … Read more »

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Great Brook in the NH White Mountains

The White Mountain Region of New Hampshire is brimming with beautiful spots. During a weekend getaway we stayed at a beautiful historic Inn in Jackson NH, Eagle Mountain House and Golf Club. The first day of our trip it was cloudy and drizzling most of the day, but I never like to let that ruin a… Read more »

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    Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison Book Review

    Song of Solomon  by Toni Morrison Rating: ★★★★★ The quality of Toni Morrison’s writing needs no introduction, and she proves in this book why she is a Noble Laureate. Morrison exposes the sometimes small but significant ways in which human beings are hurt, discarded, and devalued, while simultaneously exposing their strength, beauty, and power. Song… Read more »

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    New Castle Island, NH

    The tiny island of New Castle, New Hampshire, is enveloped by beauty and mystery. The only town in New Hampshire to be comprised entirely of islands, this town is surprisingly small given all there is to see, .8 square miles, but its beauty is arresting from the moment you drive on to the bridge connecting the island with the rest of the state.

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    Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario Book Review

    Enrique’s Journey  by Sonia Nazario Rating: ★★★★☆ Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario is the harrowing tale of a young boy’s journey to immigrate to the U.S. alone, in order to reunite with his mother.  Reading about a topic that is close to one’s heart can make if difficult to discern what feelings are born from the… Read more »

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    Boston Christmas

    A Boston Christmas is enchanting. Boston is beautiful any time of year, but this New England city shines with a special festive air during the Christmas season.  Businesses, landmarks, and homes all get decked out with lights and decor so beautiful you start to feel like you are in Christmas Wonderland. The trellises of Christopher Columbus park… Read more »

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    Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup Book Review

    Twelve Years A Slave By Solomon Northup Rating: ★★★★☆ Twelve Years a Slave is a fantastic narrative of a free man’s time in bondage. The accounts in the book are extremely detailed, which allowed me to better visualize the realities of daily life for Solomon and other slaves. These details are also deeply disturbing, even… Read more »

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    A Preview of Jose Mateo Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker

    The Nutcracker, the iconic ballet performed in cities throughout the world every single year, has become synonymous with the Holidays. Many of us have grown up enjoying the sight of of leaping mice, and gallant nutcrackers gracefully dancing to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score. Some version of the Nutcracker is broadcast every year, and the memory of… Read more »

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    Heartburn by Nora Ephron Book Review

    Heartburn by Nora Ephron Rating: ★★★☆☆ A delightful short read, well written and full of wit, Heartburn by Nora Ephron actually made me laugh out loud more than once. The story of a woman facing a disintegrating marriage and discovering her husband’s infidelity while 7 months pregnant, it is not sappy or melodramatic as stories about divorce often… Read more »

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    Free Things to Do in New England This Weekend 12/4

    Chrismukkah at SoWa When: Friday December 4 th 2015 5pm-9pm , Saturday Dec. 5- Sunday Dec. 6 10am-5pm Where: 450 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA 02118 “Kick-off the holiday shopping season with Chrismukkah @ SoWa, our new 3-day holiday festival opening with a very special SoWa First Friday on December 4th. In addition to amping up the outdoor decorations, turning on the music,… Read more »

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    Autumn in Lawrence, MA

    As a child, the end of autumn meant only one thing, that winter would soon be upon us and with it the Holiday season. Yet, as I grew older I gained a greater appreciation for the season and all it’s beauty. No longer just the transitional season between my beloved summers and dreaded winters, Fall… Read more »