Tuesday, June 30, 2015
I spent six days wandering the city as well as taking advantage of the amazing and quick commuter rail to head out to Concord to visit Orchard House (Louisa May Alcott's often homebase and the inspiration for Little Women) and to visit Walden Pond, Thoreau's homestead and Ralph Waldo Emerson's house.
I love Boston.
Some of the reasons I love it:
Boston proper is a relatively small city (especially compared to Toronto) so it is so easy to walk around in.
The Common: Reading in the Common with an iced coffee while watching those Swan boats? Love
The cobblestoned Freedom Trail.
Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall
The accents! To Canadian Rachel, most Americans have accents: but the Boston dialect is so distinctive and regionally specific----
THE NORTH END! Oh my goodness, I love the North End: site of Paul Revere's house and the Old North Church but also Boston's Little Italy---home to amazon cannoli and all manner of delicious Italian food at restaurants people line up for hours to get in.
Back Bay and Beacon Hill: the rows of red-bricked ornate architecture, the public alleys and Boulevards
THE PEOPLE: the people in Boston are so friendly. When I was there last autumn, stepping out of the airport, a woman used her Charlie Card to get me on the subway and rode past her stop to make sure I found the Back Bay station
The Green Dragon Tavern: I love the ambience and the ghosts of the rebel Sons of Liberty plotting their revolution
The Harbour: gorgeous! I mean, one moment you are remembering a ton of darjeeling was tipped over the side, the next you are gazing over at New England lighthouses
The people ( I think I mentioned this )
The Old State House and the Old South Meeting House: just walking Boston gives you a sense that you have peeled back a few hundred years
And SO MANY MORE THINGS
pictures! ( ever so craftily stolen from instagram)
I read great books in Boston
Finally finished Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra
American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the 'It' Girl and the Crime of the Century by Paula Uruburu ( note: this non-fiction is UNPUTFRIGGINDOWNABLE )
Popular by Maya van Wagenen
The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress which was adorable and snarky
I was at opening night of Newsies on its Boston tour stop and it was my first time seeing the highly anticipated Broadway show ( I have been stoked about it ). Ironically, I am seeing it opening night here in Toronto. Lots of Newsies for me!
Friday, June 19, 2015
|You two shouldn't be together. The cat deserves more happiness|
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
"She did want that, there was no denying it. For years, all she'd ever dreamed of was growing up and becoming a wife and mother, but that was before women had any choices. Now they were earning degrees. They were asking for the vote. They were even securing jobs in professions never before accessible to them."
"Managing comes naturally to a woman. She has been managing homes since the beginning of time. But the quality we, of the stronger sex, assume she lacks is business ability. Yet this writer had an opportunity to sit with the head of the only shop of woman glasscutters in the world. She and the dozen young women who work under her direction made--without any assistance from men---the award-winning windows of the Tiffany's chapel.
"Their eggs are all in one basket, and when you've only one basket, it stands to reason that it had better be a good one."
Monday, June 15, 2015
Monday, June 08, 2015
When you want to believe that the world is a lovely place full of lovely people with lots of integrity who wear their hearts on their sleeves---- then that is also what SSD is for.
It is full of the most delightful quirky characters: all relics of a time past who are trying to fit into a changing world. They are endearing and loveable for their obvious eccentricities.
The POstables have returned. Shane and Oliver ( he is, as you know, my ideal man ) and Rita and Norman.
This time their dead letter office mystery involves divorce papers that never arrived for a marriage on the brink of a terrible mistake. As is the usual, the dead letter mystery parallels a major life event for one of the POstables: this time Oliver and is horribly annoying wife Holly who left him at the Post Museum ( how could she. I will never forgive her. You suck, Holly. DID YOU SEE WHAT AN AMAZING GUY YOU HAD!!! stupid Holly).
Anyways, Holly is back and Shane is pining. Rita is swept away as Miss Special Delivery and Norman thinks he has competition to his owl-loving gal.
It's all so sweet I wanna wrap it up and put a bow on it.
SSD believes in love. And in marriage. And in tradition.
|c/o Hallmark Movies and Mysteries|
It is just delectable. A delectable ode to the written word. Here, we have a new motif constructed in Holly's new penchant for poetry. Her poems and Oliver's reaction to them are one of the highlights of a well-crafted hour and a half.
Previously, Signed, Sealed, Delivered was a series with hour-long episodes featuring a small post office mystery. Hallmark, since, has opted to explore a different format with several little self-contained films a year.
This works for me. Anything works for me! ....As long as I get to hang out with my lovely POstables.
|Marry me, Oliver. Marry me now!|
For those of you who enjoy Shane and Oliver, you will get some darling moments. For those of you who also enjoy Rita and Norman, your heart will end up in your throat. OH MY GOODNESS!
With thanks to our friends at Grace Hill Media for allowing this Canadian to watch a media screener of the new film.
Thursday, June 04, 2015
|It's going to hades, Mr. Andrews, but you get a darned good song outta it|
Also, everyone, the first 16 minutes of the show is brilliant storytelling. THIS is how you introduce character, theme and circumstance. It is how you establish action. Luckily, for musical theatre lovers, it is done in a brilliant and scrumptious way.