Thursday, June 19, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: walking about and viewing of things.

Out and about in Sterling and be yonder…

Summer is only days away. Hottest days are ahead and the sipping of cold lemonade, iced teas, or pure water is highly recommended.  I hope to continue with taking long walks despite the heated days ahead.
A strollers viewing of odd things on yards, and roads ahead.

I see wild mushrooms when I am out walking and at times their color fascinate me. I know they are not edible, yet they do make lovely salad viewing of green leaves…or such.

M. T. Pockets was a consignment store that I frequented often and the owner (Marilyn Morgan) decided to close after nearly 30 years.

Along my long walks to town, I pass many beautiful homes and farms with distinguished objects in their yards. This is one as the title says it all.

I must make mention of this discarded Washer/Dryer toy seen on a lawn a couple of days ago, I gave in today and took photo of it; fearing neighbors etc.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: dug-ups surrounding the Charles River T-stop...

A brief history of the Charles River and Esplanade area.

My interest in wanting to know more about the Charles River Bridge is because of all the construction that surrounds some parts of it. I viewed this while I was at the Hatch Shell as a volunteer walker for the AIDS Action Committee’s AIDS Walk-Boston earlier this month.

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”—Jim Rohn

The Charles River
What I know of the river is that it connects Cambridge to Boston (Massachusetts Avenue and linking to Commonwealth Avenue); it is for rowers who are students at Harvard, MIT and for out of town rowers participants of the Regatta on the Charles. It is also a place to gather to celebrate with the Boston Pops 4th of July…America’s Independence.

The Esplanade

The Esplanade is a linear park extending along the Charles River. It does not have a specific address. Esplanade area includes: the parkland that extends west from the upstream edge of the Craigie Drawbridge to the downstream edge of the Boston University Bridge.

The Esplanade parkland runs north of several Boston neighborhoods. South of Charlesbank, the eastern end of the study area, is the West End. South of the Back Bay section are the Beacon Hill and Back Bay neighborhoods. South of the Charlesgate/Upper Park section is the Kenmore Square neighborhood.
Type and Use

The term “Esplanade” is an informal name for the state-owned parkland also known as
Charlesbank and Storrow Memorial Embankment. The Esplanade is part of the Charles River Reservation, a linear park system that stretches along the Charles River for 17 miles, but also has a distinct identity of its own.

The Esplanade as we know it today is a relatively recent creation. Filling of Boston’s Back Bay occurred in the second half of the nineteenth century when the Charles River was still tidal. Charlesbank, the easternmost section of the Esplanade, was built in the 1880s and 1890s on filled land north of Charles Street. Damming of the river in 1908 created a broad river basin with a constant water level. At that time the park at  Charlesbank was widened and a new 100’ wide strip of parkland was created along the southern edge of the Charles River from the Longfellow Bridge west to Charlesgate, where the Muddy River flows into the Charles.

The area was transformed again in the 1930s by landscape architect Arthur Shurcliff, with the parkland nearly doubled in width. This was the foundation of the Esplanade as we know it today. Construction of Storrow Drive in the early 1950s brought additional filling to create new parkland to compensate for that taken by the roadway.

The three distinct segments that form the Esplanade parkland are separated by the vehicular bridges that cross the Charles River. The easternmost segment, Charlesbank, extends from the Craigie Drawbridge west to the Longfellow Bridge. The middle segment, referred to here as the Back Bay section, is the area most commonly known as the Esplanade. It extends from the Longfellow Bridge on the east to the Harvard (Massachusetts Avenue) Bridge on the west. It contains many of the best-loved features of the Esplanade, including the Hatch Shell, Community Boating, Union Boat Club and the Lagoon. The westernmost segment, referred to as Charlesgate/Upper Park, extends from the Harvard Bridge west to the Boston University Bridge.

The three segments are described individually from east to west. In each case the description begins with a brief history of the segment, followed by a description of sub-areas within the segment, then a description of general landscape character and built features for each segment.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: Books; and what they tell of us or to us…

I attended the Mystery Book Club gathering in the Bergman Room at Winthrop’s library last week. I got there after the train was delayed for what seem like hours…
I got to attend this Mystery Book Club gathering and only got to hear their ending discussion of Parker (In Pursuit of Spencer
Mystery writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero edited by Otto Penzler); in that everyone agreed he is a spectacular writer.   I did take some photos as the group disengaged.

This book is their next suggested reading for their August meeting…maybe.

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie Dobbs is the “Brittish Counterpart” to Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency…according to the associated press.

This is the story of a struggling greengrocer, Maisie Dobbs who was sent to work as a maid for wealthy London aristocrats. Since she was bright and thoughtful beyond her years, she ended up studying in Cambridge, making her way to serving as a nurse during the Great War. After the war, she opened up her own detective agency and her assignment is to find an infidel and this is not as easily proven; it reveals a darker mystery as Maisie is forced to revisit the horrors of the war again and again.

“The journey to Kent was long and arduous. Blackout blinds were pulled down, in compliance with government orders issued in anticipation of Zeppelin raids, and the train moved slowly in the darkness. Several times the train pulled into a siding to allow a troop train goes by, and each time Maisie closed her eyes and remembered the injured men rushed into waiting ambulances at Charing Cross.”

I found that this book reminds me of Anne of Green Gables; as well as The No. 1 Detective Agency.  Major difference is that her father is alive and in Anne of Green Gables, the father-figure died…with the mother-figure remaining as authority over Anne.  By this stories end, it very much is a detective agency with Billy as assistant and readied for this first case together with the agencies’ owner Maisie. 

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: AIDS Walk 5K Run Boston!

The 29th Annual AIDS Walk at the Hatch Shell; a lovely blue sky of day it was.

This annual grassroots community event benefiting the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. The key focus is in preventing the spread of this epidemic. As a walker for those who pledge/donated to my walk, we try to raise awareness of the impact HIV/AIDS has on individuals, families and the community (wholly) and together we work to stop the spread of HIV. It is with this thought in mind (perseverance) that we come to acknowledge our achievements and to celebrate this commemorative 29th AIDS Walk Boston & 5K run. I say thank you for doing so well and to continue with doing what’s needing be done. Stay strong!




The Wellness Festival (Wellness is a goal for everyone wanting to lead a healthy lifestyle. AIDS Walk & 5K Run promotes wellness as a prevention method for HIV/AIDS as well as other health issues. They were on the Esplanade from 10:30 am until 2:00 pm) and took some photos of this as well.

Vendors’ trucks/vehicles at AIDS Walk 5K Run

Performers at AIDS Walk 5K Run were a funky punk group of kids and young adults with centers in Peabody and Everett, MA.

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