Tag Archives: New England

Inspiration in a letter from the past

Just today I stumbled across a letter I had long forgotten, a letter I wrote my parents on their 39th wedding anniversary. That was over 23 years ago. They saved it.♥ There was one passage that explains a lot about … Continue reading

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Snow days, no days, in a daze

The news reports tell me Boston has just set a record for snowfall in 30 days, a bit over 61 inches. This is more than we received in the month of the Blizzard of ’78, which all but shut the … Continue reading

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A Mary Wilkins-Freeman twofer

Ever hear of Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman (1852 – 1930)? It’s not one of those names that has come ringing down the ages. She was one of those female New England regional writers circa 1900,[i] at a time when the … Continue reading

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50 years dead: Grace Metalious and Peyton Place

It was fifty years ago today that the unhappy Grace Metalious (born Marie Grace DeRepentigny, 1924 – 1964), author of that scandalous best seller, Peyton Place, succeeded in drinking herself to death. In her lifetime, Peyton Place was banned from libraries and bookstores … Continue reading

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