Category Archives: History

“Why let the Wets bluff you? Be informed!”

One of my favorite movie scenes is from On Moonlight Bay, when 11-year-old Wesley Winfield watches a silent movie about the Evils of Drink, uses the plot as an excuse for falling asleep in class the next morning, and then … Continue reading

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“Happiness is being a Buckeye.”

That’s what many are saying this year, as The Ohio State University celebrates its 150th anniversary. In this Buckeye’s case, though, happiness was seeing my relative’s dress on display as part of exhibitions celebrating the traditions and experiences that have … Continue reading

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Wrap up New England at “a beautiful place by the sea”

There’s a three-mile stretch of sand and dunes at Ogunquit, Maine, so named by the Abenaki Indians as “a beautiful place by the sea.” It curves alongside the Atlantic Ocean’s rugged coastline and continues past 70 oceanfront acres atop Bald … Continue reading

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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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“One of the greatest views in the world.”

We had one more “lagniappe” to experience, and I had figured out exactly both what and where it would be. I knew that this place was going to be just “the place” for me. Before we jump to conclusions, let … 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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