Road to …? Sunday, Nov 17 2013 


Obligatory photo Tuesday, Oct 1 2013 

of the West Meadow on the second cutting. Actually taken a week ago, the trees have really started to turn now.


Moment of Zen Sunday, Aug 4 2013 


Picturesque Travels Monday, Mar 18 2013 

From , a letter by Edward Beecher Hooker, in Hartford, to Helen Yale Ellsworth, travelling in Europe, 1873:

“Miss Nellie Stanley gave a little party last Wednesday night. I drove over, with Sam, in the carriage carrying Belle Spence, Hattie Coit, and Bob Andrews. We had barely started, when in briskly going over a crosswalk, the carriage bounced and a spring broke. Luckily it was not the main leaf spring, but a minor one, so we went on though the carriage rattled and tipped considerably. It was lovely moonlight. Arrived at Miss Stanley’s about eight. The evening was passed in dancing and conversation, not forgetting the refreshments, oysters, coffee, cake, nuts, candy, and grapes. I danced the Boston, but did not find anyone with whom I could dance quite as easily as Lucy and you.

Left Miss Stanley’s some after eleven. The horse had not been put under a shed and a frost had fallen so the seats were icy and cold. The bridge and causeway on the other side of the river is often dangerous on account of robbers etc. but we were not molested. I was prepared for there was a revolver and slung-shot under the front cushion ready for emergencies. If anything had happened I, with great presence of mind, probably would have shot someone in the carriage and pitched the slung-shot in the river. I really wonder what I would do if I should be attacked. I am afraid I would run or surrender all my valuables and beg for quarter. No one can tell how he would act till he has been tried. I wonder what you will do if you happen to travel in Italy and fall in with brigands. Something heroic and grand without doubt.”

I think it is a sling-shot he is talking about here.  Hartford seems to have had a plague of highway-men in the late 1800’s; at least once a robbery was fought off by the girls.  Hooker’s letters, of which there are about 3o are truly entertaining.  They have a huge amount of information about the social life, culture and education of college age men and women in Hartford at the time.  They also tend to be at once dramatic and understated.  Having finished discussing highway-men, this letter goes back to discussing literature without any histronics.

We interrupt our regular programming Tuesday, Jan 15 2013 

to note that the majority of citizens involved in a small town’s: commissions, church choirs, historical societies, library boards, and other subversive organizations will be considered felons and fugitives from justice if they live in the state of New York in a year and a day and if they have not, by that date, surrendered their property without proper recompense in accordance with an ex post facto law that contravenes the spirit if not the wording of the Constitution.

That is all. We now return to our regular programming.  Following the fine example of the New York state legislature comments concerning this post will neither be discussed nor answered.

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