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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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    Ducks: the Amphibious Form of Public Transportation

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    Grid Photo Challenge

    Long before I became interested in photography, I would find myself stopping at the bottom of the stairs of Boston’s Park Street T Station, just to look at the way the light would come through the glass windows and roof. Although it got me a few annoyed looks from commuters in a hurry, I was… Read more »

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    The King of Torts by John Grisham – Book Review

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    Hokusai in the MFA

    There are only 5 days left before the pieces of one of my favorite exhibits to visit the city of Boston, pack up and scatter to the far off lands from whence they came. Japanese artist Hokusai’s iconic work is often referred to as, “the wave that swept the world”, millions of prints of the blue and… Read more »

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    Pawtucket Falls in Lowell, MA

    The Merrimack River has quite a few picturesque spots along it’s 117 miles. Crossing two states in the Northeast, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, the river was at the center of industrial period that spawned cities like Lawrence and Lowell, known for their textile mills. Driving along the river you will come across a variety of… Read more »

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    Rating: ★★☆☆☆  Politics have always been one of the most fascinating things to me. I studied political science in college and worked in political campaigns until I realized that full time work in the world of campaigning simply wasn’t for me. Yet, my love of politics itself never waned and I am always on the hunt… Read more »