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“I turned and looked another way, and saw three islands in a bay.”

When I was there in 1973, I played chess by the fire, was fascinated by a glass-topped table that displayed shells, had “superatious” blueberry pancakes for breakfast, and stayed in room 6. Those are the highlights of my visit to … Continue reading

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“Often I think of the beautiful town that is seated by the sea.”

On a cold, dark and dreary day in 1841, a lovelorn poet sat at a desk in his parents’ summer dining room, looked out into the garden, and brooded over the loss of those he had loved over the years. … Continue reading

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“A delicate French chateau mirrored in a Massachusetts pond”

The Berkshires of western Massachusetts is a picturesque region of forested hills, green valleys and the powerful Blackstone River that created prospering mill towns during the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century. Time spent among these mountains prompted Nathaniel Hawthorne … Continue reading

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Riders Up! Ready To Pass Fifteen More Places During Our Tenth Running of the Streets of New York City?

“The more I know New York, the more I think of it,” starts the Cole Porter song. “I like the sight and the sound and even the stink of it.” Yes, indeed, I happen to like New York! Here are … Continue reading

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“I Like To Have My Pictures Looked At And Enjoyed.”

In 1965, my mother went to Hamilton, Ohio to get to know a man who had a crew cut and horn-rimmed glasses. He wasn’t the best speller, but he made the most of his talents for drawing and storytelling. She … Continue reading

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If You Seek A Spectacular Mackinac Island View, Climb The Steep Stairs To Anne’s Tablet

“If you would seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you,” Michigan’s motto suggests. If you seek a spectacular Mackinac Island view, climb the steep stairs to Anne’s Tablet. To protect four particularly beautiful panoramas from future development, early-20th-century island cottagers … Continue reading

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Cross My Heart, You’ll Love The New Cover To Cover

Arlington Avenue was my 12-year-old self’s paradise. There, I found a place of supreme delight. At Cross My Heart,  Jet, Sue and Susan’s retail shop for counted thread patterns and supplies, the walls were lined with rows upon rows of … Continue reading

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