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In Coos County, a moose crossed our path

Dixville Notch, Coos county New Hampshire. When we met our host, Karl, here in New Hampshire's North Country, he told us about the many moose that live in these parts. But he didn't guarantee we'd see one, even though the sign on the highway warned that "hundreds of accidents" have resulted in people meeting moose with the fronts of their cars. As we drove down Route 3 searching for our elusive lodgings, WOW! we spotted two moose crossing the road, the big bull with gleaming 0

Other Desert Cities: a family's secrets come out at Christmas

Mom, Dad and Brooke Wyeth. New Century Theatre's latest production, Other Desert Cities, hits hard. It's like the worst of awkward family Christmas reunions, and from the very beginning it's clear that Mom's claws are still sharp and they can scratch you at any moment. Brooke Wyeth (Cate Damon) is out in Palm Springs, visiting her parents. It's clear that things are going to be tense, as we watch her and her brother, Trip, (Sam Gillam), a reality TV show producer, gird their loins as 0

Commuter rail operators are becoming land developers to pay for the service

A MARTA station in Atlanta. Profits from property leasing can help pay for commuter rail and has been more and more in recent years. Around the country, many transit agencies are becoming land developers because every time they build a commuter rail system, the houses along the route and especially at the terminus become way more valuable. In a WSJ story yesterday, I read a story by Chelsey Dulaney about how land development is where much of the money to run train systems is coming 0

Chef: watching a man grow up with his boy on a food truck  

Chef, directed and starring Jon Favreau. I've been looking forward to seeing the new movie Chef since it first came out. But the reasons I liked the film so much were different than I had expected them to be. I love the inner workings of a restaurant, the people who together, figure out how to get all of the food out of the kitchen right on time for the clients waiting at their tables. It's a gritty, profane place to work, and the chef we 0

Railroad track progress in Deerfield

A logging machine takes a turn and then heads right down the railroad tracks today in South Deerfield, MA.I watched this giant logging machine chew small sticks and move big logs around by the railroad tracks. The current project adding continuous rail track includes lots of tree removal. This guy had just finished his work and he swung the big six-wheeler right up over the tracks, the 3' wide tires easily just bounced right over the tracks. am curious about the machine that will lift 0

Scenes from a Coastal Voyage

We are still a little rolling and rocking after our seven-day voyage on the M/V Grande Caribe up the New England coast. We can't say enough good things about the company, Blount Small Ship Adventures, or our wonderful cast of fellow cruisers. To a person they were fun, well-educated, eager to share stories and most of all, a lot of fun to spend time with. Here are some of my favorite photos from the voyage. Sunset from the water in Vineyard Haven harbor, Martha's Vineyard 0

Blount Small Ship Adventures shows us New England we’ve never experienced by sea

Blount Small Ship Adventures shows us New England we’ve never experienced by sea Approaching Vineyard Haven harbor on Martha's Vineyard. Nantucket's organic flower and produce market Lobsta Bake! cooked on a grill with seaweed Mark Alan Lovewell of Vineyard Haven sings sea chanties aboard ship. Cocktails, wine and beer flow freely aboard the MV Grand Caribe, Old New Bedford from the third floor of the city's wonderful whaling museum. On whaling ships in the 1800s, captain's wives often accompanied their husbands on the years-long journeys 0

A few days at sea with new friends in familiar places

We have been at sea since Friday afternoon, and as I sit here we are docked at Vineyard Haven. It's just about four am, and as has become my shipboard custom, I'm awake and in the big salon of the Grand Caribe after a bout of insomnia. Sleeping on a boat isn't like sleeping anywhere else, there is an inherent aspect of claustrophobia that sends me out of my cabin every night in the wee hours. Mary slumbers peacefully, but I toss and turn and 0

Watching the Honda dealership get demolished in ‘Hamp

Watching the Honda dealership get demolished in ‘Hamp Demolishing the old Honda dealership on King St. The controversial railcrew housing on the tracks near Market St. Today my travels brought me down to Northampton and as I drove down King St on my way home, I swung into Foster-Farrar so I could get a better look at the demolition taking place at the former Northampton Honda. There have been so many times we drove past this hulking ugly weed-strewn building and asked ourselves why the 0

In the thick of the summer before the sleeping gets terrible

In the thick of the summer before the sleeping gets terrible We're in the thick of summer, but thankfully, we haven't gotten into the mugginess and terrible sleeping weather that lies ahead of all of us. I just watched my neighbors walking by, holding a leash and being pulled along by their black mongrel. One of the middle-aged men was shirtless, the other wore a skimpy tank top. Nobody has ever asked to see that, have they? Oh well, they're good neighbors and so we'll 0