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Christmas at the Fairmount Copley Boston

It is a damp day here, not a snow flake in sight, and the puddles are deep. Still the hotel is comfy and they did a few little things to make the season special. They left a card, cute decorated sugar cookies — they only looks like gingerbread — with a sweet dreams note. But the most special holiday touch is the hotel’s black lab Carley wearing green and red…




/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/256/12341173/files/2014/12/img_1156.jpg This is the first time I have attempted posting from my mini iPad so excuse that I have not quite got the formatting and editing down. MERRY CHRISTMAS to all.

Six Word Fridays ~ Trip

Just a quick trip down the highway.

road e

Needed some office supplies from Staples.

That means  roughly a  40 mile drive,

But it was beautiful out today.

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Many stretches without a car in sight,

Time to enjoy some pretty landscapes.


I read it quite quickly

For those of you who requested a review of ‘flight of the sparrow’ by Amy Belding Brown I can say I enjoyed it very much.  Amazon delivered the paperback mid afternoon Friday and by bedtime Saturday I had finished it.  I am fond of historical fiction.  ‘flight of the sparrow’ tells the story of Mary Rowlandson, an English-born woman married to a Puritan minister living in 17th century New England and centers on her experience of being held captive by Native  Americans for 11 weeks during the time of conflict called King Phillip’s War (1675-1678) A more serious reader might want to read the account of Mary Rowlandson’s captivity that was published during her lifetime (1682) but I like it when someone else  wades through the period prose for me.  The book was so pleasurable a read that  I am putting the author’s ‘Mr Emerson’s Wife’ on my to read list.



Six Word Fridays ~ Sure

book cover

Sure  hope I enjoy this book.

My book group’s selection this month.

The first few chapters are promising.

Six Word Fridays ~ Mirror

quilt eQuilts, a mirror to the past.

These  quilts date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Quilt bquilt cquilt dA sampling of the quilts on display at the Shelburne Museum
as part of a  special exhibit now through October 26, 2014.



Six Word Fridays ~ Top

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See screen on top of stage,

Dropped down to show song lyrics.

Photo from the back of balcony.

POPS open rehearsal May 15, 2014

Another fun day trip to Boston

Our top road trip destination, check.

Six Word Fridays ~ Drive

Our drive shows lots of wear.

But finally some green grass too.


Out of your reach

Sometime around the age of 8, 9, or 10 I saw a large doll at a store.dutch doll The store imported items from around the world. It would have been in the middle of the 1960s, long before the internet. The store might have been called Imports International. The doll had long blond braids, real wooden shoes, a little white cap and a lovely traditional Dutch dress. The exact details of the dress have faded from my memory. I do remember the price was more than my aunt and uncle were willing to spend. Needless to say my life went on just fine without that doll. I have yet to visit Holland or any other part of the Netherlands. If I do I am sure that doll will be on my mind. Had I received the doll I assume I would have loved her and taken good care of her. But perhaps it was a good lesson. Had I had the doll would the memory be so dear? I think not.

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Six Word Fridays ~ Count


Boston viewMy Boston visits now beyond count.

Back to Boston

This image is modified from a Charity Tee by Gildan for sale online. LINK

boston strong

Yesterday my husband and I drove to the Anderson-Woburn MA commuter rail station, parked, and took the train into Boston to attend a rescheduled BSO concert.  I was struck by the quiet demeanor of everyone.  I am rural person through and through so I normally find entering the land of mass transit to be noisy, dirty, and I go into a mild state of alertness even though I love many assets that can only found in an urban environment.  None of those feelings yesterday.  OK there may have been one or two discarded newspapers on the floor of an Orange Line car but really the young people (tweens, teens, college students, 20 somethings) were all displaying a respectful reserve along with their elders. The security checks of bags when entering Symphony Hall was professional, but did not feel intrusive. After the concert we ended up walking quickly past the area where the Patriot’s Day bombing took place.  We were trying to make it to North Station in time for a train (which we missed by 2 minutes) so we were not really gawking.  Everything looked quite normal, the way it would at the end of April any year except as I have already noted quieter and cleaner.  My husband commented when we got home how the streets showed no evidence of the recent dramatic tragedy.  We did not walk directly passed the stretch of fence where memorial displays had been relocated but could see a moderate crowd of people viewing those items as we turned the corner to head in the opposite direction.  Again my ears were struck by the relative quiet.  There was plenty of traffic but I only heard one or two car horns.  People might be carrying on conversations but there was no yelling or screaming to friends in the distance.

We will be back in Boston this coming weekend and spending a couple of nights in one of the chain hotels in that central area.  I am going to be interested in observing if things are still somber, and comfortable for the simple country kid I will never out age, or whether the noise, grit, grim, and activity of the Boston I remember from years past is starting to return.

For those people and families who will never regain their pre Patriot’s Day 2013 normal please consider donating to The One Fund – Boston.

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