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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.

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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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    My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor Book Review

    Rating: ★★★☆ Reading My Beloved World  by Sonia Sotomayor, I was deeply moved by its simplicity and lack of pretentiousness or self-aggrandizement. While displaying confidence in herself and her abilities, Justice Sotomayor managed to never come off as arrogant, and there was a feeling of genuine humility and graciousness that permeated her story. She did not dwell on… Read more »

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    Ropes Mansion Garden

    When I was a little girl I loved The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I loved the idea of a place full of beauty that served as a sanctuary from the world and all it’s troubles. When I walked through the vinny arched trellis at the entrance of the Ropes Mansion Garden I got that… Read more »

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    The New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, MA

    “The New England Holocaust Memorial is placed in Boston, near the Freedom Trail, surrounded by important symbols of American history and human rights, to be used by generations to witness history and reaffirm the basic rights of all people.” First they came for the Communists,   and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews,   and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists,   … Read more »

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    A Day Trip into History in Salem, MA

    History and culture mixed with a beautiful coastal landscape are the main draws of the small city of Salem, MA. One of the most interesting places in New England, Salem has many attractions, and is small enough to enjoy in a weekend or even just a day. It is no surprise is has become one… Read more »

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    Finding my Happy Place at Commonwealth Books

    No matter what my physical location, books have always been my happy place, my escape to a new and different world. Even when I am someplace beautiful, I am happiest if there is a good book close by, and my memories of my vacations are forever intertwined with the memories of the books I read… Read more »

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    One Word Photo Challenge: Night

    I love night time. Even when I was a child I always felt way more in my element at night, perhaps it is due to the insomnia I developed really young, but being awake and walking around in the darkness is one of my favorite things. Even a very familiar scene, like the above shot… Read more »

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    Indulging at Modern Pastry in Boston’s North End

    The display cases at Modern Pastry, an authentic Italian bakery in Boston’s North End, are as tempting as any vice, which is why you can often see a line out the door as locals and tourists alike come to sample one of the many delicious treats that over 70 years of experience have to offer…. Read more »

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    Boundaries – Weekly Photo Challenge

      Boundaries, the word brings up so many different images to me, few of them having to do with physical limits. However, putting what crosses my mind into an image will prove to be rather difficult, so in approaching this week’s photo challenge by the Daily Post I decided to go the more literal route… Read more »

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    Learning to Fight Constant Striving: A Book Review of A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka

    Rating: ★★★★★  A Hunger Artist is a haunting short story that will resonate with anyone who has ever tried to fill a void in life through complete dedication to and passion for an art form, a cause, or even a person. Remarkably well written, simple, and moving, it’s the story of a man who fasts for… Read more »