Snow swirls hypnotically across the windshield as we pick our way through Crawford Notch. And it strikes me... Isn't it odd that we never visit this iconic location in good weather? I suppose "good" is the debatable word. After all, these are the White Mountains of New Hampshire in winter where snow is considered white gold. Toasty-warm during the picturesque drive north (White Mountain National Forest is approximately 3.5 hours from Boston) I can't help but touch the frosty
Time travel is possible—I’ll start there—and my favorite way to go is by car. My latest destination? The Old Mystic Inn! The charming coastal community of Mystic, Connecticut is steeped in history, especially maritime. Conveniently situated between New York and Boston, it’s an ideal vacation destination with restaurants, shops, attractions, museums, and the famed aquarium. Yet I was headed somewhere else, a colonial-era bed & breakfast three miles north of historic downtown.
One of the perks of being an author is the people I meet…readers, writers, kindred spirits. As a fantasy/paranormal author, the list of interesting individuals grows. Yet I also cross paths with dedicated collectors, historians, and experts, typically when I do research. Such was the case with Fine Daguerreotypes and Photographs. An image roped me in. A memento mori. In this case, a death portrait of a handsome young man, his likeness captured by the daguerreotype process. Da
The distinct atmosphere lures me in. History. Oddities. Stories from days gone by. Like a roadside museum, the antique store’s white flag flaps in the breeze, declaring, “Welcome!” An old-style shop bell rings when we enter. My daughter—my favorite sidekick on these adventures—greets the person behind the counter. The view spreads out before us, sending a little shiver of anticipation through me. Look at all this stuff! Wide wooden floorboards creak beneath our steps as we ve