Category Archives: New England

New England Hearth-Warming

I’m sitting beside a crackling blaze in our Petersham parlor, enjoying the warmth and comfort of one of the three fireplaces in our four room apartment (we’re just using one fireplace. Not to worry). In the 18th century when Higginson … Continue reading

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Returning to the Source

Packing, shipping, tying up loose ends, picking out road tunes, briefing the house-sitter, getting the car serviced. This time next week we’ll be on the road eastward,  perhaps already turning north, heading back to Harvard Forest where old friends and … Continue reading

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The Ghosts in the Forest

Overgrown and hidden deep in the New England woods-housing chipmunks and foxes- are root-tangled foundations, stacked-stone walls, and single-boulder quarries. The New England woods are full of ruins- relics of a people long gone by; a haunting and lovely sight. … Continue reading

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Just Getting Warmed Up Over Here

It’s been a cold and snowy week over here. A blizzard swept in last Tuesday and dropped snow on the prairie, but the biggest drop by far was the temperature; I woke to the local NPR announcer saying with near-glee … Continue reading

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Some of My Favorite Places on Earth

This morning’s spectacular Moon-Venus occultation was a splendid kick-off to this year’s Earth Day. I didn’t see the actual event itself (not knowing about it until afterwards, drat it) but stepped, awestruck, outside in the dark to admire the close … Continue reading

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New England Love Letter, part 2

We are back home if not quite back in the swing of things, and are so busy getting everything back to normal it’s hard to think of anything else, but Harvard Forest sneaks up and grabs me by the throat … Continue reading

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New England Love Letter, part 1

This is a love letter to a great North American region; I’m about to get mushy and more than a little verklempt, if you’ll permit me. I’ve been more a little emotional the last few days just thinking how quickly … Continue reading

Posted in Art, birding, birds, Environment, field sketching, Harvard Forest, museums, Music, Nature, New England, paleontology, Petersham, Science, self-indulgence, Sketching | 17 Comments