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Sports, Football and Role Models in Newburyport

I love football. I never thought I would say that, but I do. The sound of Monday Night football’s “Are you ready for some football?” and the brass fanfare cued up for other games makes me happy. It makes me want to pop popcorn, grab my favorite blankie and curl up on the couch to cheer for the … [Read more...]

Famous Boston Rivalries – Newburyport vs. Portsmouth

There are many famous rivalries which stir vigorous and heated public debate; the Red Sox vs. the Yankees, Coca-Cola vs. Pepsi, Hampton or Crane's, cake vs. pie, Celtics vs. Lakers, the North Shore vs. the South Shore, and yes, Newburyport vs. Portsmouth. Of course, I think Newburyport wins … [Read more...]

Out Like a Lamb Indeed Newburyporters Saying Farewell to March

It’s been a tough assignment this time around – write something that is upbeat and maybe even a bit humorous in these uncertain times.  Every time I thought I was feeling a bit light hearted... it snowed again. I get it – we live in New England.  I fully understand that March is a rough month, … [Read more...]

Sculptor Recalls the Birth of Newburyport’s Swan Fountain on the Bartlett Mall

About the Newburyport Swan Fountain by Artist Jeffrey Briggs In February of 1986, an ice storm of note hit Newburyport.  The Bartlet Mall "Swan Fountain" collapsed and was damaged beyond repair.  I was commission to provide a new sculpture.  But first, a little history about the Pond on Bartlett … [Read more...]

Of Perfection, Holidays, and a New Year in Greater Newburyport

Pondering the Problem with Perfect Christmas Trees.   It never fails. Every Christmas I try to get a perfect tree and every Christmas it falls short.  If you saw it you might not think so.  The tree I select is always perfectly shaped, (or as perfect as trees can be); full in all the right … [Read more...]

The Sweet Secret Sauce of Paint Nights in Greater Newburyport

I’m a creative soul. I taught myself to sew in 8th grade and have made everything from curtains to christening gowns.  I taught myself to knit just because I thought it would be fun.  Once, I taught myself how to reupholster a wing chair  thinking, “How hard could it be?” Later on I … [Read more...]

Mass School of Law 11th Annual Animal Rights Day

On Saturday, April 15, the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover celebrated their 11th annual Animal Rights Day. The event is typically held prior to Easter, with a mascot Easter Bunny celebration in the school library for local children.  Business owners, non-profits, and vendors, all concerned … [Read more...]

One Point of View Looking forward to Spring and the Crocuses

After months of anger, self-reflection and the realization that I have to calm down in order to survive the next four years, I have come to a conclusion. Yes, I have discovered a philosophy that will guide my behavior and activism over the next four years. Admittedly, I am one of the millions … [Read more...]

Getting Through the Holidays After an Ugly Election

I’m not doing a very good job calming down after this election. I have walked away from the news to find some semblance of control over my emotions (my husband calls them outbursts). Every day I hope that some crevice of light will break through the fear that is stalking me, but nothing yet. I … [Read more...]

Start a Newburyport Playground Crawl

You've done a pub crawl, but have you ever taken the kids for a playground crawl? There will be no beer or wine on this crawl. Gone are the days of stumbling from one Irish pub to the next. We have kids. We have mortgages and schedules and responsibilities.  There is just no time to be *that* … [Read more...]

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