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While my intentions were to write about two recent daytrips, for this day, January 21st, I am writing a quick few lines about the JFK Museum in Boston. If you haven’t been there, check it out on line. Aside from having a memorable journey through the past, they frequently offer really great speakers. Last year, a few friends and I were fortunate to see and hear Stephen King – we sat about six feet away from him and I’m hoping some of his talent rubbed off onto my literary skills – maybe. Today, I am heading into the museum to see John Irving. I love his writing – read Cider House Rules years ago and also Until I Find You, which was beautifully written and sad.

If you’re anywhere near Boston, John is there at five today, no tickets necessary, free.

If you can’t make it today, put the museum on your list. I look out at the water when there and feel the presence of JFK – maybe he’s out there gliding around on one of those sailboats. :>)

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I love having the option to keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer, but every once-in-while I need the switch to colonial times when men chopped wood and women cooked over open fires – or the other way around :>) It seems like a sweet and simple life, no TVs, no cell phones, no computers, just fields and creatures and people who actually speak to you face to face.

This is a great time to visit Old Sturbridge Village. There are less tourists and the aroma wafting in the air of burning fruit wood is tantalizingly good. When there this time of year, I long to sit by their hearths and sip tea with a really good cupcake. Or cornmeal something or other – whatever they baked two hundred years ago. I want one.

Taking in the wonderfully kept colonial homes and their traditions, OUR traditions, is a treat. It was hard work in those days, but are we really better off with our modern conveniences and interupting electronics? While everything in moderation is a good thing, I really feel that visiting a place such as Sturbridge ( and we have other wonderful historical places here in Massachusetts ), brings us back to our roots, and actually to the roots of our ancestors. Having lived in England for three years, I saw first-hand that everything we do here in the colonial villages was learned from our brave grandparents and great-grandparents as they sought out an easier life.

If you’re thinking of going, the Sturbridge site gives you information, but it is generally open from 9:30 am until 4 at this time of year. The cost is $24 for adults, $22, for seniors, 3 – 17 $8 dollars, and under 3 is free. Active military are free and retired military are admitted for 50% off. It’s a good deal. Also, there’s a nice place there for sandwiches and the gift shop offers many authentic looking reproductions in housewares and even toys.

If you don’t get enough in one day, visit within ten days and your visit is free. That’s a nice feature, especially if you have little kids who need to rest. And mentioning kids, there are goats and cows and many other creatures – all fun to see.

Located on Route 20 in Sturbridge, not far off the Massachusetts Turnpike, the outdoor history museum is well worth the visit. This is my favorite time of year there. However, if you’re an antique collector, you might want to make the journey in May or September for the Brimfield Fair. That is beyond Sturbridge in the neighboring town of Brimfield – there are fields and meadows filled with antique dealers – it’s fantastic fun, but wear comfortable shoes.

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I’ve written about Plymouth before, its historic value and the lay of the land and sea. At this time of year in New England, days can seem a bit gray – not “Christian Grey”, just gray:>). I thought it was appropriate to drag you there again, for cheerfulness.

If you live within one-hundred miles of Plymouth, I suggest that you brighten your day with a trip there. The shops are intriguing, and the antique malls on the main street, Court Street, Rte. 3A, are fantastic. After you’ve whiled away the afternoon browsing, there’s any number of places to eat. I favor Blue Blinds Bakery and Cafe on North Street for tea, a sandwich, and the best cheesecake in the world. There are other eating establishments, everything from steak specialty restaurants, seafood, Thai and Chinese. Just about anything you desire is there, and on a Friday or Saturday night, the place is jumping.

Plymouth offers great walking expeditions as you browse, and then delicious meals for nourishment.

It’s great this time of year, very few tourists and lots of bargains. Consider treating yourself to a day of fun and exercise, and a night in the bright lights – the place is dotted with cafes and pubs – something for everyone.

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