Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: what is Earth day to me...

It is a New Year for the earth to be celebrated and appreciated for all that it does for man-animal-vegetation-kind. Ode to the Earth!

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” —John Muir.”

Earth day is the annual celebration honoring the achievements of the environmental movement and raising awareness of the importance of long-term ecological sustainability. Earth Day is celebrated in the United States on April 22; throughout the rest of the world it is celebrated on either April 22 or the day the vernal equinox occurs. 

images taken from earlier this month:

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Further more they provide solutions for your home, your family, and your environment that protect and nurture your well-being today, open the door to a more sustainable world for generations yet to come. By making conscious choices, they believe the earth will return the favor and continue to care for us, too.

Another newsletter that  I am sharing is from Mind Body Green (http://www.mindbodygreen.com/). They are a planet healthy living guide to wellness for the body and the environment. Anyhow, I received this news on blogging and to keep at it despite not wanting to. I am sharing of the read.

Reasons To Keep On Blogging (Despite Critics)
Words are powerful. They can educate, inspire and empower. They can evoke love and joy, they can move you to tears and provoke action, and they can change the world. Every day people change the world with the power of the written word.

But writing makes you vulnerable. It’s far safer to read and to criticize than it is to put your words, your thoughts, yourself out into the world to be read and to be criticized. Not all are meant to be writers as at times, the telling of story is used for revelation and this is not always good. I think it is best to write to fulfill a need for self expression without the maliciousness at play.

So if you’re a writer or blogger and are becoming disheartened due to criticism or existing without really knowing others out there are reading of your post, please keep on writing. Self expression is a must or else all that is left is to die from lack there-of…that sense of belonging.

Here are several reasons to keep on blogging …
** To show people they aren't alone
** To remind the world it can never have too many stories
** To transform yourself
** Just because

There are far more than five reasons to start writing and blogging. But sometimes there's no reason at all. Sometimes you just need to write —because you’re bored, or empty, or it's your calling, or simply just because.

I began blogging on the suggestion of others since it seem like I knew not what to do of myself. I keep at it, despite not wanting to. I do not work and I pretend to blog; yet how do I spend of my time since nothing that I do is known or good enough; no amount of time can remedy improvement where there is none.  See why this newsletter might be applicable or not. 
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: Books; and what they tell of us or to us. Cont’d

As promised, reviewing of books from time--

Libraries are a place that I spend a great deal of time in because of not being employed. I found they were having this book sale some weeks ago and I attended and purchased several books that now I am finally trying to read of them. 

The book sale was at the Beaman Library, and some earlier photos from inside of the library:

Book in review:

On the Occasion of my Last Afternoon by Kaye Gibbons
“An Occasion for even more accolades”

This book has many reviews and most are positive. For me it depicts ideals of the north and the south attitudes towards brothers of man (mankind) and the ethnic fabric of the American land.

A dying brother’s legacy—left to his sister was her love for the English language, an appreciation for its myriad uses.

“Some might balk at my refusal to step around words that are base and common, but those are the same fools who would drape the raft of the medusa and place fig leaves over Adam. The portrayal of death and sin, I have seen a surfeit of both, requires that I employ the more direct language of Hawthorne than the circumlocution of Walter Scott.”

There is to be hope for this book but not for this reader since I am disturbed by such words: ‘negro lovers’ and a master who shot a slave because he dare have his say. He would not be still and obey his master, so he was be still with a gun shot by his master.

The book’s main character is name Emma who grew up in the south only to escape her privilege life and moves to the north to try and find herself and to find peace.

This was a book that I purchased at the Beaman library book sale, impulsively because of the title and what it suggests: “Carpe Diem” of seizing the moment; living as if it were your last day…seemingly it is not such a read. I ended donating the book back to the library. I did not like it.


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Friday, April 18, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: The story of Ezra Beaman

As told by way of a squirrel sharing of the name Ezra.

West Boylston Historical Society
I visited with the historical society and posted photos of the visit. I discussed my small purchases. Now, I wish to share the little treasured book that I purchased title:
The Tale of Ezra Beaman by Benjamin A. Fancy

It is the story of the stone Trough and how it came to be where it is now. Beginning a glance at the plaque’s dedication;
The Watering Trough was erected in 1808 at the Beaman Tavern by Major Ezra Beaman, The Founder of West Boylston. It was relocated by the Citizens of West Boylston in 1930.

Ezra was the son of an inn-keeper who came to own a big piece of the town of West Boylston, not so named then. His father’s tavern burn down and he built another with his own money. He built a mill, and went into business making cloth. The town was prosperous because of Ezra geniuses and hard work.

It was decided, however, that part of the town would be filled in to serve as a reservoir to provide drinking water for the city of Boston. During this time, the reservoir was a thriving manufacturing community with several mills (six mills in all, eight schoolhouses, four churches, and three hundred homes occupied by 1700 hundred people) all had to be moved or destroyed.

As a result, many lost their jobs, and were forced to move to other areas.  All of this moving was to ensure that the water would not be polluted. The only building left standing was the Old Stone Church.

Another valuable item saved from the reservoir was The Stone Trough; it was 200 hundred years old, and as old as the town itself. The writing/ inscription reads that Major Ezra Beaman was the founder of West Boylston and the library named after him was given to the town by his grandson in 1912 and having it named after his grandfather, this famous ancestor.

When the Revolutionary War began, Ezra marched to Concord on Patriots Day as a lieutenant and before the war was over he was proclaimed a major. He was a success at all he tried to do.

Ezra was also a church going man and he tired of having to attend church all the way to Boylston every Sunday as he wanted something a bit closer. There appear to be disagreement from other town’s parishioners and since Ezra did not like to disagree, he decided that he would build his own church.

He accomplished this as well. He built a meetinghouse right where the Congregational church is today; thus began the separation from the town of Boylston. And many years before he had help the town of Boylston to separate from Shrewsbury, MA.

The squirrel who shared the named Beaman was fascinated by the story his grandfather was relaying to him. And Beaman (the squirrel) was asked to retell of the story so as to keep the tale alive and in appreciation of this great legend; larger than life figure.
 I encourage readers to learn more of this family and of the Tavern, now a home / holdings for the Historical Society’s url: http://www.wbhistory.org/society.htm

Thank you Donald Goodale for reminding me of this little treasured book that I had purchased during my visit with the Historical Society. I had forgotten that I did posed such a question as to what happened to the town, in that it was moved and pushed along to where it stands today. All for Water, (H2O), the stuff we cannot live without. 

If one is to believe in Ezra Beaman, than one should believe in Ben Franklin who is father to us all and his self-made man concept. I think that Ezra demonstrated all of this during his lifetime.

Thank you for reading!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: A visit to the Historical Society of West Boylston, MA.

from tavern to Historical Society

West Boylston Historical Society
West Boylston Massachusetts Historical Society

I spend time at the West Boylston, MA library and I was invited to take a tour of the library when they were next open on Thursdays from 9:30 am until noon. 

I did as such today and arrived early and since it was a cold day they offered to give me a tour prior to start time. 

West Boylston Historical Society is a home maintained for one of the earliest settlers in West Boylston, the family name is Goodale and they were farmers. The man who gave me tour of the house was named Norman Goodale; a distant cousin. I kept joking about the term 'Kissing Cousins' and he said "no not that". Norman enjoyed showing me the many fire place they had (5 in all) but I thought there was one more.

I got to view this very large family bible which held the Goodale family births and death recordings.

Fire places to be found in the house

They have quite a collection of irons; I figure since I am graying folks take to making fun. All of the iron supplements in the world cannot get rid of my grays. Stress and my lifestyle are graying me as well as the lack of proper nutrition. The marriage is killing me; but then what was I doing as such prior to marriage-Dom.

Enough on this derailment of thoughts. 

Aside with the many irons and fireplaces they have; they also have old clocks, meat grinders, butter churns, sewing machine, shoe and dolls display case and an old beds with ropes forming a bed frame instead of metal.  By frame I mean the thing that keeps the mattress from sinking into the ground. 

In all it was a good tour and I was allowed to take some photos which I am happy to share with readers of this blog.

I encourage readers to learn more of this family by visiting this url: http://www.wbhistory.org/society.htm
Thank you Norman for the tour and my small purchases (post card of quilt of the surrounding area of West Boylston, MA; and of the Beaman Library small illustration booklet; I think it is more for children). 
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: Baldarelli & Sons

a Sunday’s long walk.

I took a long walk and viewed the Baldarelli & Sons trucking and sanding company. I did not realize that this was them as I have seen of their lovely home in Sterling, MA and today I noticed their signage or such. Impulsively, I took these photos from a distance.

Baldarelli and Sons

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Friday, April 11, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: Vendor opportunities at Antiques and Flea Market event

Antiquing in New Hampshire. 

I received of this email and wish to share this opportunity with readers.


This summer Depot Square is planning to bring back the Sunday Antiques & Flea Market and we would like to invite you to participate as a vendor.  We would like this market to have a flavour that sets us apart from the “traditional” market offerings and are looking for dealers who are passionate about antiques both traditional inventive.   

The Sunday Antique & Flea Market will begin June 29th during a Depot Square weekend long event which will be widely published within our demographic area.  The kick-off weekend promises live music, bbq & other curbside events to attract locals and residents abroad to attend.  We will also continue to enhance all future Sunday Market dates with similar events to encourage people to visit us again & again.  

The Flea Market will take place in Depot Square along our sidewalks & adjacent parking spaces.  These spaces will be large enough for vendors to park their vehicle if necessary or you may choose to use the generous space to spread out your merchandise.

We are asking for commitment and payment in advance.  You do not need to commit to all the dates, but it is to your advantage to participate as many as possible so you can establish a presence & clientele.  We are suggesting that you pre-register for a minimum of 6 Sundays , however you may choose as many as you’d like.  Payment is due upon registration and is non-refundable.  If a market date is cancelled due to bad weather you can re-schedule for another day.  

Here are some details:
Every Sunday (Beginning June 29th - August 31)
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
20.00 per Sunday

The Sunday Dates are as followed:
June 29
July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27
August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, August 31

This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to a new & fresh market and promises to be a fun and interesting event for years to follow.  I hope you will join us!

For More Information call Kathy @ Bowerbird & Friends 603-924-2550 


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: Surrealism and Dr. Sherwin’s trove

More on Surrealism.

Having received several of these newsletter from London sent to me via email has me taking a keener interest in the art of surrealism and as viewed some of them are really fantastic if not on the offensive nature or that awe-ism moment of seeing something that is oddly put / presented.

The retired doctor with a surrealist art treasure trove--By Ian Youngs

A retired GP and councillor from Leeds has amassed what is thought to be the largest collection of British surrealist art. It normally adorns his home but is now going on public display.

Every wall of Dr Jeffrey Sherwin's house is crammed with frames containing bright colours and contorted shapes. More pictures lean up against the walls, waiting for space.

On the floor, they jostle with all sorts of strange sculptures. There is a pair of legs leading up to nothing but a steel bucket. This turns out to be by artist Richard Niman.

It is surrealist art, obviously, but it is also a little strange to find it in the suburban home of a former doctor and Conservative councillor.
He is a pillar of the community, albeit one with a collector's obsessive nature and perhaps a mildly eccentric streak.

When asked: how many works are in the collection. "Too many for the size of house," replies Dr Sherwin's wife Ruth.

'Intimidating' galleries’

The couple began collecting after seeing an exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery in 1986, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first surrealist exhibition in the UK.
"Ruth and I went around and thought, 'Wouldn't it be rather nice to have one or two examples in our own home?' " Dr Sherwin says.
He had, he says, "a little spare cash" after selling a health centre he had built in Leeds, so visited a specialist gallery in Cork Street, London.

"I have to say we felt rather insecure," he recalls. "It looked the sort of gallery where you'd have to count your fingers when you came out. But one of the directors made us feel at home and we felt more relaxed."

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