Think back to the place where you grew up. Remember the sights and sounds, the characteristic smells and tastes, plant life and animals. Think about how you went from place to place–on foot? in a boat? on the subway? Did your town change a lot as you were growing up? Did you move from that … More Geo-Biography: The Importance of Home
UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! “I’m still betting on Emilie Loring being at the Bellevue Hotel in April 1950.” She was. It turned out that there was a special Enumeration District for the Bellevue Hotel. I found it marked in pen on a map of the downtown Boston Enumeration Districts. (See the original post here) There she … More And Here She Is! Found in the 1950 Census!
The 1950 Census was released on April first, 72 years after it was taken. This was Emilie Loring’s last census, one more chance to learn something about her. Think of all that can happen in ten years, in the world and in a life. In 1940, the United States had not yet entered into World … More Where Did She Go? Trying Out the 1950 Census
What would–or could–her belongings mean to the next generation? … More What To Do With These Family Treasures?
This camping experience had poured new spirit through her veins. Never had she known life as she had lived it in the past forty-eight hours. Two nights she had slept on balsam boughs with the fragrance of pines and the smell of a wood-fire stealing into the window to drug her to dreamless sleep. A … More In Her Footsteps: Vacation at the Rangeley Lakes
I wake up when morning’s first rays strike the foot of my bed. I raise my head and can already see blue sky, trees, and water. I rush to don shorts and sneakers and head for the beach. This is not as direct as you might imagine. A woodsy path carpeted with wintergreen leads to … More Open to Discovery in Blue Hill, Maine
I arrived in Blue Hill as the sun was setting. I hurried to buy basics at the Trade Winds grocery store and a take-away bowl of haddock chowder from Marlintini’s. Thus supplied, I drove out the East Blue Hill Road, wishing I could stop at each of my favorite places but racing the clock. The … More Arrived in Blue Hill!