Category Archives: New England

Big Weather on Agiocochook

This week California was pounded by a winter storm generated from distant ocean currents off the coast of Hawaii. Rain fell in torrents and ten feet of snow capped the High Sierras. At one point a meteorological observatory recorded Force 5 hurricane winds over 160 MPH. Treacherous weather to be sure, however on April 12, […]

COLD AS IT GETS by Peter Nolan Smith

Mount Washington was far from the tallest mountain on the face of the Earth, however in 1934 the summit observatory recorded the strongest measured wind on the planet at 231 mph or 372 km/hr. Winter temperatures on Agiocdochook, or “Home of the Great Spirit” regularly dropped as low as -50F. Death from hypothermia can occur […]

The Last Christmas Tree

After Thanksgiving Christmas trees crowd the sidewalks of New York. On the corner of Fulton and St. Felix Streets the holiday franchise has been run by Laurent and Amy, who have transported evergreens from the northern forest of Quebec for the last six seasons. We spoke in French with their accent a provincial Quebecois and […]

Glatt Thanksgiving

The Brownist English Dissenters fled their homeland in the 16th and 17th Century to escape religious persecution by the Church of England, which worsens with the return of the Catholic Stuarts to the throne. Leyden in Holland welcomed the refugees, but the Puritans led a precarious economic existence in the Netherlands, whose people were deemed […]

Deja Vu From Holyoke

Several Aprils ago I visited Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts for the first time in decades. My sister, her husband, and daughter slowly inspected each and every painting, while I sought out Northeast favorites such as Fitz Hugh Lane’s Owl’s Head, Winslow Homer’s The Fog, and Childe Hassam’s Boston Common at Twilight. Viewing these landscapes […]