Three Works of Daniel Chester French

Three Works of Daniel Chester French While a lot of the attention in Concord, Massachusetts rightfully goes to the extraordinary writers who lived amongst each other in town, there were other highly-accomplished artists who lived there too.  One of the most celebrated is Daniel Chester French.  French was an American Renaissance/Beaux-arts artist most famous for his…

Now Comes Good Sailing

Now Comes Good Sailing I’m not sure how I’ll go peacefully into the night, but I hope it’s a long time from now.  When my time comes I hope my last words are as interesting as those of Henry David Thoreau, who, in addition to saying “Now comes good sailing“, added “Moose” and “Indian“.  I’m…

Sleeping Giant

Sleeping Giant The Metacomet Ridge runs roughly along the Connecticut River from the Vermont border through Massachusetts and into Connecticut.  In that state, close to Long Island Sound in Hamden, is Sleeping Giant State Park.  This is a part of the Metacomet Ridge and for my money the most interesting formation in the entire ridge….

To Dance with the Sky

To Dance with the Sky In Tonawanda, New York the Erie Canal meets up with the Niagara River.  Bridges like this one were designed to raise and lower based on boat traffic.  However, the sheer expense of building drawbridges the length of the canal was deemed prohibitively expensive.  As a result they scrapped the plans,…

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…

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…

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…

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…