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Concord celebrates 375 years

It has been a busy weekend in our little town!  Concord, Mass. was incorporated on September 12, 1635, and the townspeople are pulling out all the stops to celebrate our 375th birthday.  I know that may not sound like much to European readers of this blog, but, it’s a lot of years around here (and [...]

A New Transcendentalism, or simply American Gothic - SITFOB style?

J and I took the kids canoeing yesterday - something we’d talked about doing since we moved to this area three years ago.  It’s fun to be a tourist in your own town, and to enjoy things that other people travel distances to do.

We had two canoes – the boys in one, girls in the other [...]

On the road to Louisa May Alcott’s *Orchard House*

When out-of-town friends come to visit for the first time, one of the places on the “must see” list is Orchard House.  This is where Louisa May Alcott’s family lived for about 20 years in the mid- to late-1800s.

Her father, Amos Bronson Alcott, named the house for the 12 acres of apple orchards on their [...]

Quotable: President Barack Obama mentions our town!

Like many of you, I planned my day yesterday around watching the inauguration activities.  I flipped the TV on around 10:30 and took it all in for over three hours, then switched to radio for the sake of my young son’s sanity.

True confession time:  LM4 was not content to sit next to me on the [...]

Spotlight on Bookstores: The Concord Bookshop; Concord, Massachusetts

The first bookstore I’ll highlight in this series is the Concord Bookshop, right on Main Street in Concord Center.  You have to picture what a Main Street would look like in a Norman Rockwell painting, modernize it just a tad, and you’ve got present-day Concord Center.  Truly, drivers stop for pedestrians not only when they’re [...]

Hidden Treasure at the Public Library

An article in today’s Boston Globe, titled Shelf Life, expounds on the treasure trove of artifacts to be found in local libraries.  Aside from the possibility of rare books and historic documents, many libraries house other significant items in their special collections.

Our local library, the Concord Free Public Library, sits on the site of the [...]

Friends of the Library Book Sale!

The sun finally came out today, after two full days of cold rainy weather; with temps expected to reach 90 this afternoon, crowds came out early to beat the heat at the Friends of the Library Book Sale.  There were over 20,000 books, with a silent auction of collectible books beginning at 8:30, followed by a [...]

Who is too fond of books?

I live in Concord, Mass., a town about 20 miles west of Boston.  Rich in revolutionary and literary history, it has been home to Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Alcott family.  The quote “She is too fond of books and it has addled her brain” is from Work:  A Story of [...]