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A Trip in Time–Visiting Wellesley College’s Botanic Gardens

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In the greenhouse at Wellesley College

The trails hereabouts were all clear as we approached spring, until we were hit with a late season blizzard, and so it’s back to icy trails and the challenge to find safe places to walk. When my hiking buddy Jennifer suggested visiting Wellesley College’s Botanic Gardens, my first thought was, “Yeah, no ice!” I did not, however, expect to be transported back to the years of my childhood. Continue reading

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Easy Walks Visits the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Expo

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Jeannie Hebert and Marcia Decker of the Blackstone Valley Chamber show off Easy Walks in Massachusetts trail guide at the Chamber’s table during their yearly Expo held in Northbridge, MA

Special thanks to Jeannie Hebert, President and CEO of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, for inviting me to be a guest at the Chamber’s table during the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Expo 2017, and tell folks about Easy Walks in Massachusetts. We had great conversations with folks from all over the valley, signed some books, and met lots of people who love to spend time outdoors. Continue reading

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An Untold Story

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View of Silver Lake from the top of the hill.

These days I often travel to other places for walks, either with groups or with a single friend or family member. Silver Lake is not my only option as in days past when I was beset with health challenges. And yet, near the end of the day the blue sky beckons. A walk had not been part of the plan, but the sun sank low and the lake was still there, waiting for me to step outside for a visit. Continue reading

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Central Mass Railtrail Boylston, MA Beyond the Boundaries

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On the shoreline of the Quinapoxit river, opposite the Mass Central Railtrail in Boylston

We have spent the past several summers riding our tandem bike along the available railtrails within about 3 hour’s drive from our home in Bellingham, MA. We have two substantial portions of railtrail, the Blackstone River Bikeway and the Upper Charles Trail, both within about 15 minute’s drive from us, and a portion of a third proposed trail, the SNETT, within easy walking distance of our home.

Sometimes we are lucky enough to discover additional options for travel quite near to railtrails we’ve explored in the past. Our recent “explore” near the Wachusett Reservoir in north-central MA revealed a new spot where we’ll be able to travel on our bike when the weather is warmer. Continue reading

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Traces of Farm Life

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Sign that caught our attention, on Wattaquadock Hill Road in Bolton, MA

It was a cold weekend, and my husband wanted to explore, so we set off. Despite the cold (it never reached above 22f and the wind made it feel much colder) we were dressed for the weather and we were ready to get out and move. Continue reading

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Exploring the Ten Mile River Watershed

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Hardy folks of the Ten Mile River Watershed Council, on the trail at the Fish Hatchery in N.Attleboro

Last weekend we had a kickoff meeting for our newest project. And since the project is an effort to document and share the trails and canoe put-ins of the Ten Mile River watershed, our meeting was held outdoors. No matter that the temperature hovered in the teens. The volunteers of this water conservation group are a hardy lot, and cheerfully headed out with me on the trail at the Fish Hatchery on Bungay Road in North Attleboro. Continue reading

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Video-conversation on Personal History and Easy Walks in Massachusetts

Thanks to Jan Miele, graphic artist, part of the Benchmark Advisors Group, who invited me to be her guest on “Your Business Matters,” an Ashland, MA Cable TV show. Jan offered me the opportunity to talk about personal history, what it is, and how you can make an investment in your family’s future by sharing the stories of your past.

https://vimeo.com/204425943

The first 14 minutes offers information about personal history.

  • At 14:35 you’ll learn a little about the Association of Personal Historians, of which I’m a board member.
  • At 15:34 you’ll learn more about how Easy Walks in Massachusetts, the walking guide, came about.
  • At 22:00 I talk about our upcoming partnership with the non-profit group Ten-Mile River Watershed Council, to create a walking guide for the towns in their watershed.
  • And at 23:30 you’ll hear a little about our partnership with the Massachusetts Walking Tour, a project with Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards http://www.masswalkingtour.org/

Marjorie Turner Hollman

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed two guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,” and “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! On the board of directors of the Association of Personal Historians, she is a Certified Legacy Planner with LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Walks-Massachusetts-2nd-Northbridge/dp/0989204340

http://tinyurl.com/MTH-More-easy-walks

 

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In search of the SNETT

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View from one of the Bridges along the Blackstone River Bikeway/SNETT. This completed 4-mile portion of trail encompasses both the north-south railtrail, as well as the east-west SNETT.

With the recent completion of the Blackstone River Bikeway–at least the four mile section from Blackstone through Millville and into Uxbridge, there is renewed attention, and great interest, in seeing these kinds of projects move forward. The East-West SNETT (Southern New England Trunkline Trail) intersects with the north-south Blackstone River bikeway for these four miles of railtrail.

The SNETT has received a lot of press in the past several years as different community groups and public officials seek to assist in the development of this 6-town linking railtrail (from Franklin to Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville, and Uxbridge, out to Douglas)but it’s been a slow process. Continue reading

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Finding Friends

 

 

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Stopping to learn about pine cones chewed by squirrels, at Riverbend Farm, Uxbridge

The weather has been pretty stunning this week, hard to believe it’s February, but there you have it–60+ degrees and bright sunshine. Snow is melting, trails are opening up. What a perfect time to get outdoors on a blue-sky day! My challenge is that I don’t walk alone. My “usual suspects” were unavailable, but when I stopped by the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Bonnie Combs and Suzanne Buchannan urged me to stop back by Riverbend Farm where ranger Kathryn Parent was leading a walk. I felt sure I’d miss Kathryn, but she and a group of families with very young children were in the visitor center getting ready to head out. Success! Continue reading

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Time with grandparents

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Grandma and grands having fun on Choatie the turtle at Choate Park, Medway

Each time I spend time with my grands, I am struck at some time by how differently I am able to interact with them, contrasted with the time I spent with my own grandparents. Bonds with my own grandmothers were strong, yet one worked full time almost her entire life, leaving us happily ensconced at her beach house retreat while the other cared for her increasingly frail mother, and thus was never very free to spend much time with us.

Each generation and each family has different life situations–there are no “right” ways to be a grandparent. Continue reading

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