Category Archives: Massachusetts

Lowell: The Fabric of Our Lives

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Lowell, Massachusetts, on the Merrimack River, (1) is the fourth largest city in state, (2) was founded as a planned community and (3) was the largest industrial complex in the US in the 19th century. (4) It made textiles from … Continue reading

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More Money than Time

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As we rode the subway from the Common back to the Boston Museum of Fine Art, I remembered — sort of — a song about a guy stuck in the Boston subway.  “Do you know it?” I asked Kathie. “Did … Continue reading

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Devotion of the Patriot Soldier

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We’ve all heard about Boston drivers, right? That they take no prisoners? Also, Boston consistently tops “worst cities for drivers” lists: its roads are safety hazards and ridiculously congested, and there’s absolutely no parking anywhere. Well let me tell you: … Continue reading

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Sailors and Witches and Graveyards, Oh My

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It was after noon when we left Danvers, Massachusetts and headed for Salem, just a few miles away. That’s when we learned that Salem is awash with tourists, angled streets and odd traffic patterns.  The combination left me frazzled by … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name

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In 1752, Salem Village in Massachusetts changed it’s name to Danvers.  To quote Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman: “Big mistake. Big. Huge.” Forty years earlier, Salem Village had been in the grips of a witch hunt.  Nine-year-old Elizabeth Parrish, daughter … Continue reading

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Plymouth, Pilgrims and Parking

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I’m thinking about changing the structure of the posts to something more chronological, with more photos and less narrative, more tourist and less history.  Let me know what you think: good, bad or indifferent. Lunch After all was said and … Continue reading

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Plimoth Plantation

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“You have to be careful,” warned Kathie. “They encourage you to go into houses and rummage around. But if they find you in their house, they’ll challenge you on it. They speak in 17th century English and it’s intimidating.” She … Continue reading

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