The conservator can talk about the nuts and bolts while I try and figure out what was going on in the artist's head and eye. In this case, what did Homer see, how did he chose to paint it, why that and how did he execute it.
It is a reward for a child's work, a distraction to keep them out from under foot, a spot to find quiet amidst holiday chaos, and an alternative to TV as a way to sleep off the feast. It works to this day. I invite you to join in my family's tradition. Give your loved ones a book at Thanksgiving.
Despite this glorious genealogy, this historical pedigree, its cultural lineage, its tradition, and its heritage, today Salem has been reduced to prostituting itself to oddballs in costumes who gawk at gravestones and hanker for "museums" filled with broomsticks and bric-a-brac.
Arrive in Maine mid-day. If you're coming from the south, which most of you are, take "The Yorks/Ogunquit" exit off of I-95. Rather than turning left toward Ogunquit at Rt. 1, go straight into Stonewall Kitchen's parking lot.
New England's rich mosaic of over 150 colleges and universities is potentially at risk. This region of the United States has been the world's academic mecca for much of the past century. But there are early warning signs and concerns of possible upheaval.
Every fall, New England rolls out a foliage carpet dressed in blazing oranges and reds, yellows and purples. It's the perfect time to visit the region. If you're planning a trip to the region, here are the most stunning places to see fall foliage state-by-state.
Kennebunkport, Maine belongs to an elite circle of New England havens that require no introduction among seasoned travelers. Still, there's one week when the seaside hamlet's treasures get a chance to shine even brighter than normal.
Dig into the best ingredients that summer supplies -- little neck clams, cherry stone clams, shrimp, lobsters, mussels, corn on the cob, Andouille sausage -- without having to dig a fire pit or do any heavy lifting.
The tools to rein in overfishing and rebuild healthy populations have been there all along -- in the form of science-based catch limits required by the nation's top fishing law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
From the tip of Maine to the Florida Keys, America's Eastern region is a diverse area filled with just about every type of terrain an active traveler could want: mountains, marshes, lakes, cliffs, forests and so much more.
Not one person asked me how I got the black eye. Not the waitresses or the bartender, not the clerks behind the counters in the shops. Certainly, not the gas station attendant. Nobody asked. In fact, most people just kept their eyes averted from my face.