Old Sturbridge Village for Grownups

Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts provides the younger set with a glimpse of life in the 1800s, but will grownups be interested in what this living museum offers? Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Takeaways May Vary from When You Were 10 My memories of Old Sturbridge Village from a school field trip a number of years ago trend toward the role of women, how much time they spent in the kitchen back in…

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Should You Take Joyce Maynard’s Cancer Book on Vacation?

Deciding whether to pack Joyce Maynard’s new memoir, The Best of Us.

Deciding Whether to Pack Maynard’s New Memoir, The Best of Us So many of us either have cancer, had cancer, or have a friend or a family member afflicted with same that we might be disinclined to bring along a…

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Menu for the Last Supper, Chelsea Edition

The Last Supper menu: Is that a baked potato or a dinner roll? This image of the Last Supper is on display at Our Lady of Guadalupe at Saint Bermard Church on West 14 Street in New York City. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini. http://bashfuladventurer.com #BashfulAdventurer

What Did Jesus Eat? Almost as interesting as observing how Jesus Christ is depicted in art (some places, he’s a white guy who looks a bit like a hippie; sometimes he is a Viking; sometimes he is shorter and a…

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Churches of New York City: Our Lady of Guadalupe at Saint Bernard

The colorful fence at Our Lady of Guadalupe at Saint Bernard Church on West 14 Street in New York City beckons visitors. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Spiritual Sanctuary on West 14 Street, Manhattan The bluish-greenish gates of a church on West 14 capture the attention of the Brawny Sherpa and me as we are heading vaguely back uptown after a visit to the High Line in…

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The Best ‘No Soliciting’ Sign Ever

Seen on the Jonathan Archer house in Salem, Mass.: The best ‘no soliciting’ sign ever. It reads: “No soliciting; we are too broke to buy anything; we already know who we are voting for, we have found Jesus, seriously, unless you are selling thin mints, please go away!” Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Seen in Salem Found on an entry to a house built in Salem around 1710 by Jonathan Archer, cordwainer, is the best ‘no soliciting’ sign ever—unless you are selling thin mints, do not knock! For the curious, cordwainers made shoes.…

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Seeing Salem in a Single Day

How to Make the Most of Limited Time in Witch City An extemporaneous trip to Salem gives us an adventure to look forward to—quickly—but it also means that we are too late to book a hotel in Salem itself. No…

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