A Bevy of Biergartens

The Boston area seems to have really embraced the biergarten concept. This is a beautiful thing if you're a beer drinker. Within a few weeks' time, Allen and I visited three outdoor beer gardens within a 20-minute drive. Notch Brewing from Salem, MA, has set up shop in the Charles River Speedway in Brighton. It's... Continue Reading →

Chilling on the South Shore

My birthday destination this year was Scituate, a town about an hour south of Boston. We couldn't venture very far this year, because I had to travel for my college reunion the day after my birthday. Scituate was a nice little town on the ocean. Not too much going on, but we had some really... Continue Reading →

Staring Down 47

My birthday is next week. I initially groan and kvetch with every passing year, but then I remind myself that every day is a gift and getting older "beats the alternative." I am thankful for living another year, even though this last one was one of the hardest years of my life, health-wise. Physically and... Continue Reading →

Joining the Litter Cleanup Crew

Litter is beyond annoying. It hurts wildlife and it's ugly to look at. I've been wanting to follow in writer David Sedaris's footsteps for a while...he picks up trash during his miles-long daily walks. He even had a garbage truck named after him in England. Well, I'm finally doing it. Once I am taking daily... Continue Reading →

Some Long Hill Magic

A few days ago, we arrived at Long Hill in Beverly, MA, approximately 20 minutes before the property was closing for a wedding. Blast! Long Hill is a public garden run by the Trustees of Reservations. It was owned by an author and editor of the Atlantic Monthly, Ellery Sedgwick, and his two wives, Mabel... Continue Reading →

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