Girl Scout Cookies

“On November 11, 1932, Girl Scouts baked and sold cookies for the first time in the windows of the Philadelphia Gas and Electric Co. here. This endeavor soon became a Philadelphia tradition. In 1936 the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. adopted the annual cookie sale as a national program.”


Philadelphia Story

In January, 1944, my parents got married in a simple ceremony in the rectory of St. Peter’s Church in Worcester, Massachusetts, their hometown. My mother was 18 and my father was 22. He had graduated from WPI in February, 1943, an accelerated wartime class, and was doing war-related work in Philadelphia. After a honeymoon in…

Window into Summer

Window into Summer

In the summer, Philip Coleman’s Calle Casa mural blends so well into the Casa de Moda building and surroundings that the black posts were added to keep people from trying to drive down this street and crashing into the building. In the winter, seeing the man in his summer shorts and tee and people enjoying…

Rexall Sign

Good Health to All from Rexall

The Rexall sign at the Connolly’s Pharmacy in my neighborhood is illuminated again! When I went by on my lunch hour a few days ago, I saw a truck with a ladder extended to the sign, and I thought for sure it was being removed for good, but when I came by after work, it…

Flight from Boston to DC

Night Flight

On Friday night I flew from Boston to Washington, DC. It was a short flight and we were either flying low or the sky was unusually clear, perhaps both. We could see New York quite clearly and then Philadelphia and Baltimore. Coming toward DC, the view was was amazing. There’s a sweet spot for this,…

Crystal Park

Fifty Years Ago

Like most members of my generation, I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard that President Kennedy had been shot. I was a freshman at South High School in Worcester, and my class attended the afternoon session due to overcrowding. That November day I was sitting in Mr. Timon’s…

Hilltop Steak House Sign

Hilltop Steak House is Closing

The Hilltop Steak House in Saugus is closing. This super-sized restaurant was once one of the busiest in the country, but it’s been in decline for years. I’m sorry to see it go — I’ve never eaten there, but the kitschy architecture with the giant cactus and the herd of plastic cows out front has…

Union Street on a Rainy Sunday Afternoon

Nothing New Here

It’s a rainy Sunday. This morning I went out for breakfast and parked in front of the Beverly Public Library. I took a picture of the roses there, wet with rain. On my way home, I stopped at the Wenham Cemetery for a few minutes and took a picture of the autumn leaves on the…