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“Expedition Nine”: A 1969 Benton MacKaye birthday tribute

One hundred forty-five years ago this March 6th, Benton MacKaye was born in Stamford, Connecticut. On that date in 1969, he celebrated his 90th birthday at his long-time hometown of Shirley Center, Massachusetts—actually a village in the town of Shirley, some 35 miles northwest of Boston. A man whose vocation and long career earned him…Continue reading“Expedition Nine”: A 1969 Benton MacKaye birthday tribute

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South Coast Rail: Passenger trains will return to Fall River and New Bedford sometime in 2024

The last passenger trains between Boston and the southeastern Massachusetts cities of Fall River and New Bedford rolled out of the railroad stations of each city about 65 years ago, in the late 1950s. Resurrection of passenger-rail transportation to the two largest southeastern Massachusetts municipalities was being debated and discussed since the 1980s, as a…Continue readingSouth Coast Rail: Passenger trains will return to Fall River and New Bedford sometime in 2024

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From Thoreau to Carson: Following the path from conservation to environmentalism, May 1962

On May 11, 1962, now more than sixty-one years ago, a small cadre of influential American conservationists gathered for an outdoor ceremony at Dumbarton Oaks Park in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Henry David Thoreau. The author and naturalist, whose life and writings have provided persistent inspiration for the…Continue readingFrom Thoreau to Carson: Following the path from conservation to environmentalism, May 1962

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Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust explains a recent “fraught” land transaction

  [CORRECTION, December 28, 2023: Throughout my original December 4, 2023 post, I incorrectly spelled the name of the person who recently sold property to the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust (LCACT) and Dennis Talbot. Her name is Beverly Anarumo (not “Annarumo”). I apologize to Ms. Anarumo, and to other readers, for my error, which I…Continue readingLittle Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust explains a recent “fraught” land transaction

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“Let’s you and him fight”: Evolving standards of American manhood during troubled times (Part 1)

NOTE: This post is Part 1 of a two-part series. Patriots – or traitors? “He’ll start throwing people in jail, and I’d be on the top of the list,” predicts U.S. Army General Mark Milley (retired), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to a recent article, “The Patriot,” by Atlantic editor Jeffrey…Continue reading“Let’s you and him fight”: Evolving standards of American manhood during troubled times (Part 1)