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Sepia Saturday - A Broken Heart

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This is a photo I shot of an ancient grave stone in one of the oldest burial grounds in Salem, Massachusetts. I love how precisely the hearts are carved into this wide gray slate stone. These hearts do catch your eye in many ways.
Buried here are the children of Thomas and Mary Hould. Both lived only 16 months and died in the same month, August, just three years apart, in the 1680's. Both parents, must have suffered in grief at the lose of their infants one after another But, if you look closely, you see a large piece of the stone was broken off, lost to time. A third heart can be seen just to the left of Thomas. These parents suffered broken hearts threefold.

Scary Wood

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Old Burying Point Graveyard. Salem, Massachusetts
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This week's theme is "wood."
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Buried Alive!

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Shadow Fountain

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This is a great fountain to cool off in at the Christian Science Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts.
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Sepia Saturday - Dog Days of Summer White House

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Two years ago I wrote a post of the American President Taft choosing the North Shore area of Massachusetts as a summer White House. Recently I learned that about ten years later another lesser known President chose the same area to retreat from the heat of Washington DC.
Calvin Coolidge chose Swampscott, Massachusetts as a vacation spot during his first year in office. He was once Governor of the state so he was familiar with the location only a few miles from Boston, the capital.
Coolidge stayed at what was then "White Court" on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. The estate name was given as the main house was painted white. It was a rather lengthy stay which lasted from June to August. He could be seen walking his white collie, Prudence Prim. He was also seen going to church in Salem, and going to the summer executive offices set up in nearby Lynn, Massachusetts.
As with many Presidential vacation destinations there is always an intriguing anecdote that accompanies their st…

In Hot Water

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This fountain on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, Massachusetts is a great place for kids to cool off on a hot summer evening. Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week's theme is "hot." To find other hot photos at Thursday Challenge, click here.

Face Skiing

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Talk about facing in the right direction at the right time for the right shot. OMG!

Proud Privateer

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On this day in 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain.

To help fight this war the government commissioned private ships to sieze the enemy's ships. They were given the name "privateer." Their role was mainly to capture goods from enemy merchant ships. They rarely took on Britian's mighty Naval warships.

The vessel pictured here is actually a replica of the fishing schooner, "Fame." Fame earned it's name in the War of 1812 as it was the first privateer commissioned and the first to bring back a war prize.

The "new" Fame is based in Salem, Massachusetts which was once home to as many as 43 privateers. She is used for daily sailing tours of Salem Sound and the harbor.

Shadow Park

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This park is an oasis on a summer day in the Financial District of Boston, Massachusetts.
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Sepia Saturday - Father's Day Classic

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I treasure this photo of myself with my father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. So I thought I would break it out for Sepia Saturday. Here's wishing all you fathers and people in multi-generational photos a happy Father's Day.

Big Rat

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A local union on strike produced a big rat that looks like he is about to devour those two demonstrators. Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week's theme is "big." Other BIG things are waiting for you over on "Thursday Challenge." Just click here.

Biker vs. Antelope: Guess Who Wins

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Shadow Bench

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Coolidge Point Reservation, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts For more shadow shots click here.

Sepia Saturday - The First Settlers

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This postcard keeps record of a stone that was placed in Newbury, Massachusetts to commemorate the spot where passengers first set foot in the "new world." It was then called Newbury Plantation. That name was chosen because most passengers were from Newbury, England.
Most of the early colony names were given to honor the settlers former communities. This is the case in Plymouth, Massachusetts to the south, and Salisbury, Massachusetts, to the north.
When I found this stone it was set exactly in the same place as it was 110 years ago. I was struck by how well kept it was considering how it looks in the postcard view.
The river they had to navigate is a shallow muddy estuary called Parker River. They didn't have navigational charts to show them where the harbors were or how to navigate up river. It was perhaps a hit or miss chance that they chose this particular place to start their new lives.
I couldn't help but think how those settlers first felt after being cooped up…

Cup

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Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers.
This week's theme is "container."
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Cow Party

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This is what happens when there are no government programs for troubled cows. Please support legislation to keep cows off the streets.

Shadow Alley

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Rainbow Alley, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Sepia Saturday - Muskrat Love

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Originally posted March 20, 2009

My grandmother would kill me if she knew I was posting this for all the world to see. Those were the days when it was PC to wear a fur. The fur in question is muskrat. I think its a beautiful coat actually.

Grammie had a beautiful cedar chest in her bedroom. We rarely saw the contents of the chest. Only when she went in to pull out a beautiful linen table cloth for special meals did we see some of the contents of this chest. The scent of cedar filled the air when she opened it but never wear we allowed to inspect the contents. It was quickly closed.

Then when I was around 10 I found out there was a muskrat coat hidden away in this chest. A muskrat coat? I was intrigued!  I never heard of wearing muskrat. Muskrats were nothing but vermin to me. They were big, ugly, nasty creatures that lived in the drainage ditches near where I lived. I begged grammie to let me see this muskrat coat. But never would she let me see it. She would always tell me that it wa…