2019: That’s a Wrap

2019 is coming to a close…I have finished my #44 list and am way behind in reporting what I’ve done. So I will offer you a few brief highlights: I visited some more neighborhood restaurants and parks, including: Martin’s Coffee ShopI’ve wanted to try this local diner for years. I had the basic eggs, bacon, […]

Death cafe sign

Tea, Cake, and Death

About a year after my dad died, I read this Atlas Obscura article about death cafes. A death cafe is a gathering of strangers who talk frankly about death while drinking tea and eating cake. It’s not meant to be a therapy session or support group; its purpose is to philosophically discuss this most taboo […]

Blithewold Mansion backyard

Birthday in Bristol

While we’re talking about birthdays…Allen and I went to Bristol, Rhode Island, for my birthday. I wasn’t feeling very well, so we didn’t see as much of the town as we normally would. But we did visit Colt State Park… …and Blithewold Mansion. We also walked around the downtown area and had a few good […]

Belhurst Castle

Birthday in the Finger Lakes

My mom and I like to travel together, so I planned to take her somewhere for her birthday earlier this year. Wanting to find a unique place to stay that wasn’t too far from Rochester, I came upon Belhurst Castle, which is on one of the Finger Lakes. We stayed in a separate building that […]

The Milling Gowns

The Plough & Stars

Well, it took me 20 years to make it to The Plough & Stars pub in Cambridge…but better late than never, right? I’ve heard about this place for probably 20 years, so I blame my late arrival on the fact that I live on the “other side of the [Charles] river.” OK, I really have […]