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“Frog Opera”: A Seasonal Chorus in Deep Time

The house Nan and I are fortunate to be renting in Little Compton is situated on a patch of slightly higher, drier land in the midst of what, for all intents and purposes, is a kind of swamp, especially at this time of year. (I use the word “swamp” deliberately and in a positive and…Continue reading“Frog Opera”: A Seasonal Chorus in Deep Time

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Appalachian Trail Bay Circuit Trail Trails Benton MacKaye Landscapes

The Massachusetts Walking Tour: Connecting Communities on Foot–and with Music

I first met Raianne Richards and Mark Mandeville, the founders and leading lights of the Massachusetts Walking Tour, when I joined them and fellow musicians Amy Alvey and Mark Kilianski on the final leg of their trek along the Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) in 2014. That year and the next, they walked different sections of…Continue readingThe Massachusetts Walking Tour: Connecting Communities on Foot–and with Music

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Little Compton

Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard: A New Chapter in an Ongoing Saga

In late 2012, Sakonnet Vineyard, which had operated in Little Compton, Rhode Island since 1975 under two previous owners, was sold to Dionysus Acquisition LLC. The principal and apparently the sole owner of that company was, and remains, Carolyn Rafaelian, who was the founder and, at that time, the majority owner of Alex & Ani,…Continue readingCarolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard: A New Chapter in an Ongoing Saga

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Bay Circuit Trail Random Matters

Kerouac Centennial: “On the Road” Unrolled

In “Walking through Lowell with Jack Kerouac,” I described my rambles through the city while following the Bay Circuit Trail and visiting landmarks related to the life and work of its notorious literary native son. Though I mentioned the “Lowell Celebrates Kerouac” festival held in that city each October, the month of his death in…Continue readingKerouac Centennial: “On the Road” Unrolled

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Walking Little Compton: Visualizing Future Needs and Opportunities

For many of us, the abrupt onset of the Covid-19 era in early 2020 altered our relationship with both the physical space in which we lived and the patterns of time to which we had become accustomed. The world has not been the same since then, as each of us has learned in different ways.…Continue readingWalking Little Compton: Visualizing Future Needs and Opportunities