Yes, we are all living through a historic pandemic. But after 3 months of staying-at-home/working-from-home, my husband and I were in need of a break. We were sick of our house. So I planned a "safe-cation", a two-night socially distanced get-away. But where to go? Some place close- ideally, within Massachusetts. Our state's Covid-19 cases … Continue reading Vacationing During Coronavirus: Should You? Can You?
The two best days of a boater's life: the day you buy the boat and the day you sell it I have been mulling buying a canoe for the past year or so. I am lucky to live within walking distance of a lake. Newton's Crystal Lake is actually more of a pond and just … Continue reading I Bought A Canoe
Grainy photos from Mother's Days past. Miss those navy blazers! Mother's Day has long been one of my favorite days of the year. Among many other things (including writer and New Englander) "mother of four" defines me. My children are grown … Continue reading Mother’s Day Memories In The Time of Covid-19
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has ordered everyone to stay home. Whoo hoo! I'm a homebody anyway; writing , walking, baking, reading, gardening. The best things in my life happen here. Not so much for my husband; a university professor who is suddenly working from home and adapting his lectures to … Continue reading Coronavirus Update: Home All Day
The Hub of the Universe or Tinsletown ? Which is the better city to visit? It can be a hard choice! Both Boston and Los Angeles have a tremendous number of ways of having very different travel experiences. I am a near-native Bostonian but I visit Los Angeles frequently- at least annually for the … Continue reading Face-Off: Boston versus Los Angeles
It’s February in New England. It’s cold and dark and it’s hard not to allow this time of year to get you down. My best advice for those that don’t care for the cold ? Embrace the season in all its chilliness. A long weekend away really can be a wonderful reset. Here are some … Continue reading Five Thrifty New England Winter Weekend Get-Aways
This week, No Name, has shuttered, ending a more than 100 year-old run as one of Boston's classic, old-timey seafood restaurants . My first visit to No Name was as a college freshmen at Northeastern- a dormitory floor outing to get to know the city. Boston was a mystery to me and I had never … Continue reading So Long “No Name”. A look at Boston’s Vintage Restaurants
In December, Boston is at its festive best. With its cobblestone streets and trees strung with twinkling lights, the city takes on a fairy-tale quality that evokes images of both Christmas past and Christmas present. There is a real timeless appeal to Boston at this time of year. Among Boston's holiday traditions are ice skating … Continue reading “No Access Boston”- The Holiday Edition!
It's 8:30 on Tuesday morning and I hear the sound of a time gone by, the clink of glass milk bottles being placed in the aluminum cooler box on my front porch. My milk delivery brings me great joy. Every week since last spring, the blue Thatcher Farm truck delivers milk right to my doorstep. This is … Continue reading The Milk Man Cometh
True fact. I write about New England to travel elsewhere. And my favorite place to travel? Most definitely Europe. I first visited Spain and Italy with my family at the age of 14. As soon as I returned from that trip, I planned my next- to visit my German pen pal Sabine. And the pattern … Continue reading This Year’s Family Summer Holiday: England