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Blog This!

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The book you see to the right was printed early in December 2013. It contains our first published work.
This is the 200th week anniversary issue of Sepia Saturday posts. It's a compilation of our best posts from over 40 bloggers throughout the world.
We have a post about "Fran and Bunt's Western Adventure" published here. I couldn't publicize this on my blog until now as I was giving a few of these as Christmas gifts.
If you would like to have your own copy you can find it by clicking here!

Shadow Mansions

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Shadow Mansions Chestnut Street Salem, Massachusetts 

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Blue Alley

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Blue Alley
City Hall
Salem, Massachusetts


Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge was "bright colors."
For many more great photos using the same them click here for Thursday Challenge."

What Did You Wrap for Christmas?

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Here's a package full of fun :) Merry Christmas everyone!
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Bird Bath Shadows

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Bird Bath Shadows
Newburyport, Massachusetts



Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

Everytime a Bell Rings an Angel Gets it's Wings

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How heartwarming is this? It's that classic final scene from  "It's a Wonderful Life." George is home, surrounded by his loving family, singing carols. He has come to the realization that the world without him would be drastically different. He has had the help of an angel to do this.


At the very end of this classic there is a moment where suddenly the Christmas tree moves causing a bell ornament to ring. George's little girl exclaims, "look daddy, teacher says when a bell rings an angel gets his wings!" Clarence the angel certainly did earn his wings that day. Check out that scene I've embedded here.
At our house we had two of these same ornaments. One was red and the other blue. My sister and I got to place these special bells on our tree. I had to have the red one as it was my favourite colour. This was fine with my sister and blue was her favorite colour.
In our home we also had the angel chimes. It's a candle powered contraption that could …

A Performance Devine

In the spirit of the Christmas season, these students surprised art lovers at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, with a "flash mob" performance of "Oh Holy Night."

The Best Thursday Challenge of 2013 (Week 2)

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A Broken Heart
Old Burying Point
Salem, Massachusetts


This photo shows an ancient headstone at the Old Point Burying in Salem, Massachusetts. This is the oldest cemetery in the city. The two hearts shown are the infant children of Thomas and Mary Hould. Both children, Thomas and Elizabeth, perished in the month of August and both were 16 months old. Their deaths are separated by just three years. Living in the wilderness of eastern Massachusetts in the late 1600's must have been a difficult effort. This is truly a heart breaking tale.
But there is more to this heartbreak than meets the eye. If you look carefully there is what would have been a third heart just to the left of the middle. The old stone over the years was broken and a piece went missing. There must have been a third child lost to Thomas and Mary as they tried to make a living and life in a  harsh land.
Posted for Thursday Challenge. The week this was posted (10/10/13) the  theme was "monochrome." To find many …

Happy Cows!

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This is one of the videos where you realize halfway through watching it you have the biggest smile on your face. Try it!
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Custom House Shadows

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Custom House Shadows
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Salem, Massachusetts


Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2 Related articlesWhite Wilderness WeddingSerious SignThe Scent of Lavender

Salem's Subway

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This week's Sepia Saturday prompt looks like a very busy square. Perhaps there is now or was a farmers market located around there. Perhaps a  train station nearby? Car's are coming and going and there is a sign pointing to a tunnel and what looks like toll booths to that tunnel.

Salem has a tunnel of it's own. At one time the Eastern Railroad Company's main line from Boston to Portland, Maine ran right down Washington Street at grade! Can you imagine the confusion and bewilderment those bellowing steam engines caused when they careened through town. They scared not only the human population but remember, they had horses pulling their wagons and buggies back then.

Well someone came up with the bright idea of sinking the rail line under Washington Street at Bridge Street and returning to the surface just before the train station which was then located in front of today's post office. The station was one of those that the train actually drove right through. As you ca…

Best Thursday Challenge of 2013

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This week we are being asked to choose our best Thursday Challenge post from 2013. This was originally posted April 2013 for the theme "blue."

I know what you're thinking... What does a horse and a hippie have to do with the color blue? This is me circa 1979. I'm at my friend Benji's farm...

I attended a small college called West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon, West Virginia. I met Benji from a fraternity where we were members. Benji was a local student and lived at his parents farm outside of town. I lived on campus. We would occasionally go to his house for lunch or dinner. His mom was a great cook and always had plenty of food on hand for two hungry teens. One of our favorite activities was horseback riding on the trails around the farm.

Benji had to teach me how to ride and let me saddle up the mare you see in this photo. She was always so gentle for me being the novice I was. Every time we went horseback riding I choose her to ride. I think she chose me as …

Barking Cat

I always knew those cats were fakers.

Peace Pole Shadow

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Peace Pole Shadow
Leslie's Retreat Park
Salem, Massachusetts


Peace poles can be found all  around the world!
This one speaks, "may peace prevail on earth," in 4 different languages.

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My Grandmother's Aprons

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"He was tied to his mother's apron strings." I'm sure you have all heard this phrase. To be honest, that phrase applied to me as a young boy. But it wasn't my mother's apron strings to which I was "attached,"  but to my grandmother's apron strings. To this day (and I was reminded of this at this year's Thanksgiving gathering) I am known as Grammie's little boy. As a very young boy I was cared for by my grandmother during the daytime as my mother worked. Grammie always was cooking, and was at her happiest when she was cooking. She would always include me in her cooking especially when it came to preparing the dessert of the day. She could cook a great meal and probably could put some of today's celebrated chefs to shame. Her head was full of recipes but when she needed a resource she would refer to the venerable "Betty Crocker Cookbook." That quick glance was all she needed. Grammie never cooked without an apron. As you can…