Thursday, March 24, 2016

Cuban Missle Crisis & Berlin Wall

During our morning walk we found a page from the Boston Globe dated  September 2, 1962. The paper had come from a dumpster that was being used by a crew that was renovating an old house in New Ipswich.  It gives a glimpse of two events that I remember well. The Cuban Missle Crisis was a thirteen day standoff from October 14, 1962 to October 28, 1962 when we went "toe to toe with the Russkies".

Also note that the Berlin Wall was still a top news item, something that wouldn't change until 1989.

Can you imagine what it would have been like to have a President Trump (wall) or President Cruz at the time?

Also the 1960s were a great time for radiation thanks to open air and space nuclear tests

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016


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I received a safety recall notice yesterday from Honda, informing me that my airbag may kill me if it deploys. I have nothing to worry about because the parts will be available in the summer of 2016. In the interim I'll wear a kevlar vest.

In August of 2015, two drug addicts crashed a stolen truck into a telephone pole on my street and fled on foot, the air bags did their job. They were not apprehended.

Al Haymon didn't have airbags in his roadster.  It looks like he might have broken a few ribs. I have no idea who Al Haymon is, this photo was in my father's photo album.

One of my mystery photos. I have no recollection of the circumstances surrounding this photo. Who is this guy and what did he run into?

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Monday, March 21, 2016

The First Parish UUC Carillon

Tucked away in the corner of the choir loft of First Parish UUC in Ashby, MA is this machine. The clock would control a record changer and play Carillon recordings from speakers located in the bell tower. When I ventured to the tower I saw no evident of speakers so I can only assume that they were located above the bell (see photo of tower).

I can imagine how many decades have past since this thing was powered on.

Automatic Operation
Top tunes for the bells

Bell Tower at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Virtual Reality with the Galaxy S7

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My son hooked me up into the world of Virtual Reality with his new cell phone. It's a better place, a place that is happy and clean and not a sign of Donald Trump.

I took a ride with Jerry Seinfeld (in his car while he told me jokes) and floated in outer space too! I finally feel at home.

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Egg Balancing

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Happy Vernal Equinox

Egg balancing has been connected with Lichun, the solar term beginning Chinese spring () on February 4 or 5 when the sun is at the celestial longitude of 315°. On this day, fresh chicken eggs were balanced on their broad end. In Taiwan, the practice is sometimes connected with the Dragon Boat Festival instead, on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.
Source - Wikipedia 

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Prom Dresses

Good Morning,

We may get the only significant snowfall of the year on the first day of Spring. Welcome to New England.  As part of the the Look What I Saw at the Green Center series I'm happy to announce that the center has several prom dresses.

The Center will be open Saturday April 02, 2016  from 9:00 - 12:00

661 Turnpike Rd, New Ipswich, NH

NOTE:The Green Center is only open to residents of the towns of New Ipswich and Greenville. It has a variety of household items, clothing, books, toys, sporting equipment and craft items, We do not accept upholstered furniture, televisions, computers, soiled clothing or broken appliances.

Please check the sign outside the office or the town website for hours

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Saint Patrick's Day at Noah's Ark Kindergarten

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Good Morning Readers,

For "Throwback Thursday" I'm posting some 1994 photos taken at Noah's Ark Kindergarten in New Ipswich, NH. The children are making paper shamrocks for Saint Patrick's Day.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Bell Tower

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I re-discovered that I am not a fan of heights when I was invited to visit the Bell Tower at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Ashby, MA. Before I got to this "staircase" I climbed a ladder whose rungs seemed just out of reach.

I was cautioned that the steps might crack. The stairs were designed by M. C. Escher

Imagine my surprise when I found I need to climb through a hole in the ceiling to get to the bell tower. Thankfully it had guard rails

I was suprised to see an iron clapper. My host rang the bell for me, very impressive.

The view from the top, Boston in the distance.

Ground view

Life aboard the Eileen C

You spend a lot of time on the water when you fish for a living. These are a few undated photos taken aboard the Eileen C.  I'm guessing they were taken near Tofino since Lone Cone Mountain appears in two of the photos.

Pat Charleson owner of the Eileen C

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Maple Sugaring Open House

The Somero Family held an open house at their sugar house on Saturday. I had a nice visit and some tasty maple treats.

Somero Maple Farm is located on Poor Farm
Maple products are available all year
(603) 562-0822

Maple Syrup

Linnea enjoys her first maple syrup season in style

Linnea is 7 months old in this photo

A lick on a stick

Boiling sap

Temple Town Hall Music Jam

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Had a great time playing tunes at Temple Town Hall on Sunday. I was caught on camera at this one.

Picking tunes
John and Sarah Jane

Kim fiddles away

Rural Decay

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Every month the New Ipswich Photo Club chooses a photo theme. For this month we have chose decay. I drove by this derelict home in Temple. Wisely I did not venture inside, yet I still managed to hurt myself when I slipped on some wet leaves that covered a piece of plywood. I caught myself with my left hand and jammed my ring finger. The camera went down with me by remained unscathed (see the last photo).

Derelict House
Needs some work

Rural  Decay
Back to Nature
On the ground but not out for the count
As I hit the deck the camera caught the moment of impact