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Rudy’s Resolutions for 2014

By and large, Rudy would rather skirt the issue of New Year’s resolutions. “Resolutions were made to be broken,” he has asserted more than once, while lifting his leg over forbidden turf. That said, here are a few thoughts he’s … Continue reading

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Rudy at The Scene of the Crime

“It’s purely circumstantial,” Rudy informed me. “I’ve been watching The Good Wife, and I know what it takes to convict.” His brown eyes widened and for a split second I entertained the notion of innocence. Then I took another look … Continue reading

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Rudy on Norman Rockwell’s Christmas in Stockbridge, Massachusetts

It’s best to just jump right in. Everything has changed, which became abundantly clear as we prepared to head off to the 24th Annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas festivities, December 6-8. Subtitled “A Norman Rockwell Holiday,” the weekend-long event culminates … Continue reading

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Blooming Inspiration at the Boston Flower Show

Just when we’re desperate enough, a concentrated dose of spring comes breezing our way at the annual Boston Flower & Garden Show, down by the city’s seaport. Yesterday’s heady blast of blossoms, color, and horticultural imagination is timed to remind … Continue reading

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The Enfant Terrible of Retail

It’s been longer than intended, but let’s jump right in. In the interest of drama, here’s my own personal best (worst) recent encounter with a cranky storeowner, and if you’ve got a similar story of your own, I’d love to … Continue reading

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Pearls at Newburyport

Hard to believe that Newburyport was a hardscrabble port town with a seedy waterfront scant decades ago. The polished little brick burg gleams like a pearl in an oyster shell, begging to be plucked. Much ado can be made of the … Continue reading

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Key West in New England

A couple of things spring to mind when I think of Key West—tiny roosters crowing at dawn, sun-soaked colors, and a kicked-back breeziness that goes much deeper than Jimmy Buffet. Because before Buffet, there was Hemingway. Ernest loved it down … Continue reading

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Peaks Island Escape

Adjectives ensue on the ferry ride to Peaks Island from Portland, Maine. Frothy, brilliant, sparkling, sea-salty. Everything a quick 20-minute ferry ride should be. The boat docks at Forest City Landing, where Casco Bay ferries have been unloading since the … Continue reading

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Best Farmers’ Market in New England?

For a little taste of southern France in northern New England, the Burlington Farmers’ Market on Saturday is the ne plus ultra. Translation: fairly unbeatable. Vendors crowd Burlington’s City Hall Park and spill onto Saint Paul Street, which is closed … Continue reading

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The Largest Freshwater Lake…

…in the East holds a scattering of islands strung together like fish on a line, generously strewn with some of the prettiest farms and fields in New England. The Lake Champlain Islands rise out of the mist like Atlantean remnants, … Continue reading

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