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No Second Chances? Who Says? (for the record)

FIFTY YEARS AFTER FIRST VISIT, WRITER SETTLES INTO LIFE IN NORTHAMPTON  (reprinted from the Hampshire Gazette) Judith Bruder at her home in Northampton.   CAROL LOLLIS, photo  Choices, even major life choices, are often made for the flimsiest reasons. And, … Continue reading

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No Second Chances? Who says? Fifty Years After —

The link here doesn’t seem to work any more. I’ll try and figure out a way of getting the story posted more permanently. Fifteen minutes of fame, no kidding!  Yes!  for complete story, see post above.  Original lead:   Interesting to … Continue reading

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This has been the iconic American Thanksgiving feast since the painting first appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post in 1943. Painter Norman Rockwell was inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s State of the Union address in 1941 about the … Continue reading

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The Smallest Room in the House

Here’s a bit of word play for you: Earth Without Art is Eh! A proposition with which I heartily agree. The bathroom is usually the smallest room in a house, but that’s no reason it can’t be a gallery all the … Continue reading

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Another Northampton Original: THORNES MARKETPLACE

I promised to tell you about Thorne’s Marketplace many months ago, this quirky shopping attraction in the heart of our quirky town of Northampton, before I got sidetracked by summer and visitors and illness. Now that the cold weather’s upon us, … Continue reading

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Two Faces of Maine

The wrap up post from our recent excursion to the state where life is “the way it should be” — One face features the downtown streets of Portland, Maine’s principal city. Here the weathered, charming old blends into the sleek, … Continue reading

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Maybe you were expecting me to introduce you to Northampton, our new home, with something a tad more glamorous? More exalted? But Northampton is a very quirky place and I think it’s really fitting that I start you off in … Continue reading

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Three Cheers for the —

Red, White, and Blue! We Americans assume that that invariably means us, our very own stars and stripes forever, Old Glory, the one and only star-spangled banner. And so it does. But it also means (at last count) 27  other nations … Continue reading

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Guess What We’re Doing?

No prizes offered, just the quiet satisfaction of your own cleverness: Moving House Soon the house will be filled again, Our boxes have been carried off, The walls are bare, we only leave White patches where our pictures hung. Dust … Continue reading

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Why Do You Wash the Dishes?

I only have one rule for the dishwasher: anything I REALLY LIKE doesn’t go in. Eeveryone tells me that’s weird, especially company who are helping to load said dishwasher, when I keep instructing them, No, no, not that. They usually … Continue reading

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