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A trail ride for Father’s Day

The bike bridge across Scarborough Marsh had beckoned to me for several years. Now, on this Father’s Day, we decided to discover it. At the time (a few years ago), my son was still building confidence as a bike rider … Continue reading

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Travels on the White Rose Road to Orris Falls

When writer Sarah Orne Jewett stopped by the Littlefield farmhouse in June, 1889, she found Daniel Littlefield, then 68, sitting in his deceased wife’s rocking chair, looking out the window at the same lane on which we walked on a … Continue reading

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Waterfall wonderland on the Ammo Trail to Mount Monroe

Every May, I try to fit in my “end-0f-the-semester hike”, a few days after completing grades and graduation. In May, this hike usually involves some snow and ice, along with cool air, few people. and open vistas. I love my … Continue reading

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If People Magazine existed in 1776: cast your ballot for the hottest Patriot!

Patriot John Hancock is the King of memorable signatures, so much so that his name has become synonymous with signing a document.  As President of the Continental Congress, he was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence on July … Continue reading

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Goodbye, antibiotics, hello summer: travels with Lyme Disease

After the phone call, I realized that our pediatrician had an approach, a way of talking about a delicate subject that he had used many times before. After ten years of near-perfect health, my son had become a high-maintenance patient, … Continue reading

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Jill Kinmont, my forgotten hero

I remember the swishing sound of skis as she pulled up in front of the camera. Blond hair,  blue eye, a big smile. “My name is Jill Kinmont, and I ski!” she announced, providing both an introduction and an implicit … Continue reading

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March Madness: Torture by Thin Mint

Girl Scouts are scarce back here in the woods, but last week I scored a case of Thin Mints after following a trail of crumbs on social media.  I met up with Heather in a parking lot behind the local … Continue reading

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Heads up: The Maniacal Traveler is coming!

This winter, renaming my blog has been on my t0-do list.  “Random History and Offbeat Trivia” was always a placeholder for me, a starting point, since I firmly believe that it’s always better to begin a journey than to wait … Continue reading

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The boys howl, and I crack the whip

As the toxic smell of spray paint drifts up from the basement and splotches of red paint dry on my hardwood floor, I ask myself, how is it possible that men still rule the world? For the past seven years, … Continue reading

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Drinking coffee and looking for aliens in Roswell, New Mexico

In Roswell, in need of coffee and a bathroom, we stopped at McDonald’s.  I ordered a cup of Newman’s Own and opened out my wallet. “Fifty-three cents please,” the cashier said. Fifty-three cents?  Where in the United States does anyone … Continue reading

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