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“It’s like musical chairs except everybody sat down around 1964.”

Crawling along West 47th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, I gaped at customers who milled around one crowded store after another, bartering with fast-talking salesmen standing behind showcases packed with rows upon rows of diamond jewelry. Dressed in colorful … Continue reading

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“Here was an Acadian scene of the richest character.”

Maine has thousands of coastal islands, but the largest one has peaks so tall that they are said to catch the first rays of sunlight each morning. The earliest residents of this isolated island were the Wabanaki, or “the people … Continue reading

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“We always have the whispering pines.”

When fourteen-year-old Henry Wadsworth Longfellow entered Bowdoin College in 1821, he joined fellow future author Nathaniel Hawthorne in the Class of 1825. The student who aspired to a profession in literature honed his skills as a member of the Peucinian … Continue reading

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“We can never build a view like this!”

If your job required you to spend most of the year on the road, where would you want to spend your summer down-time? For one hard-working family, that meant somewhere cool, a place with beautiful pastoral views, clear mountain air … Continue reading

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“I’ve never been bored a day in my life.”

I couldn’t tear myself away from them. Small glass showcases contained charming scenes of parlors, libraries and ladies’ hat and dress shops, all filled with antique miniatures. Sweet-faced, elegantly dressed little dolls holding hand mirrors and fans posed in rooms … Continue reading

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“Look, look, and look again and not let yourself be influenced by anyone on your likes and dislikes!!!”

Dairy cows grazing in a pasture at the foot of a wooded hill, surrounded by three mountain ranges, makes for an idyllic rural setting anywhere, but this particular one was the perfect place a New York City couple had been … Continue reading

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It’s my pleasure to show you “one of the seven wonders of Boston”

Red-headed and fair-skinned, she attracted attention by the way she dressed, like wearing spring-mounted diamonds in her hair. She attended poetry readings and art history classes, hosted lectures at her home, took Italian lessons, and was proud of her Scottish … Continue reading

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