Month: May 2018

Lifestyle | Travel

Windshield Indicators

Here in the northeast, there are a few things that mark the change from early to late spring.  Many tend to show up in decorative patterns on my windshield as I drive around the northeast or park my car outside for any length of time.  Bugs and pollen are the two leading indicators that late…

History/Travel

Halifax Citadel

Overlooking Halifax and the harbor beyond it is the Citadel.  Situated high up on a hill, the star-shaped fort has sweeping fields of fire for the soldiers who manned it.  Both rifle fire and the cannon designed to swivel to provide a wide arc of fire on any ship daring to challenge from the harbor…

History/Travel

Pier 21

Pier 21 People in the United States look to Ellis Island as the port of entry for many of the immigrants to our country.  In Canada, Halifax was that port, and Pier 21 was where people were either welcomed or turned away.  I visited Pier 21 on a rain-soaked day a year ago.  Like Ellis…

History/Travel

Richardson’s Tavern

Richardson’s Tavern When the Erie Canal was being constructed, it ignited the local economy along its length first as laborers moved in and eventually as the travelers on the canal moved through the area.  One such boomtown was Perinton, a canal town with a tavern located alongside the Erie Canal where travelers could get a…

History/Travel

Memento Mori

Memento Mori “Do not wait for life.  Do not long for it.  Be aware, always and at every moment, that the miracle is in the here and now.”– Marcel Proust On the north side of 50 your perspective changes.  I’m more inclined to take the side trip to see something new than I was at…

History/Travel

Taming the Mohawk River

Taming the Mohawk River The Erie Canal was first proposed when Thomas Jefferson was President.  The sheer expense and amount of labor that it would take were much more than Jefferson could imagine, and he described it as a “little short of madness”.   However, the upside for a canal that would open up the west…

History/Travel

Pabos: A Long Way From Home

On the edge of a lawn on County Road 42 in Fishers, New York is a seven foot pyramid built in 1959 to honor a man named Pabos.  Pabos was a Basque explorer who traveled deep into the wilderness of North America only to die here 400 years ago on June 10, 1618, a little…

History/Travel

Robins

Robins One sign of spring in the northeast is the reappearance of robins.  This bird migrates back in spring, feeding on worms, grubs and berries.  After a long winter they’re a welcome sight on the lawn.  On this rainy Sunday they’re very active in the yard hunting worms and gathering straw for their nests. Growing…

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Moswetuset Hummock

Moswetuset Hummock There are a couple of stories about how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts got its name.  One story points to the Blue Hills, which are prominent in Eastern Massachusetts.  The tribe that populated this area, “the Algonquian Indians whose name derived from mass-adchu-seuck or ‘people from the big hill’”. (answers.com)  The other story, points…