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A tale of two Dollys


Beth Leavel, left, and Klea Blackhurst portray America’s favorite matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in two very different productions of Hello, Dolly!

What kind of fool goes to two different productions of the same show in two weeks? A musical theater fool.

I recently saw two productions of Hello, Dolly! The first was at the Cape Cod Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts, starring Tony-award winning actress Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone). The second was in East Haddam, Connecticut at the Goodspeed Opera House, featuring Klea Blackhurst in the title role. Two very different productions, but great fun for this Dolly fan.

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Thank you President Kennedy for a great vacation


My husband takes an early morning stroll along Coast Guard Beach at low tide.

From personal knowledge I realize very well how useful this is going to be for the people of the Cape and Massachusetts and New England and the entire United States. —President John F. Kennedy upon signing the Cape Cod National Seashore bill

I just got back from a one-week vacation to Cape Cod, and my favorite place on Earth, Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, Mass. A beautiful spot on the Atlantic Ocean, the beach is graced with soft white sand, rollicking blue waves, nesting birds, and an occasional group of bobbing seals. Read more…

Open Birthday Card to Mick Jagger

mick-jagger Happy Birthday to one of my heroes, Sir Michael Philip Jagger!

You turn 70 today. Wow.

I wonder how you’re spending the day?

Maybe you’ll play hooky from work and catch a baseball game, then take Keef and the boys to TK’s American Cafe sports bar in Danbury, Connecticut. At TK’s when it’s your birthday (ID required) they give you a free chicken wing for every year you were born. Man, that’s nearly six dozen wings! Mick, party of 12, right this way. Read more…

Best Fourth: July 4, 1976

July 4, 1976, Elton John at Schaefer Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts. —Joe Sia photo

July 4, 1976, Elton John performs at Schaefer Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts. —Joe Sia photo

July 4, 1976. It was our nation’s Bicentennial celebration. The Spirit of ’76. I will never forget where I was, who I was with, or what I did. It was the best Fourth of July ever.

On that day, along with 60,000 other fans, I got to see Elton John perform in concert at Schaefer Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

The concert was as historical as the date.

At 17, I had been an Elton John fan my whole teen life. I’d seen him in concert twice before, in 1972 at the Boston Music Hall and in 1974 at the Boston Garden. I had founded an Elton John Fan Club called SNAFF (Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting), and  designed a T-shirt with Elton’s birth name Reggie Dwight emblazoned on the front. Read more…

Poetry Friday: Elizabeth Bishop’s vision

Elizabeth Bishop and friend. —Vassar College Library photo

Elizabeth Bishop and friend. —Vassar College Library photo

Elizabeth Bishop was a poet with vision. She didn’t write as an expert with an insider’s view of the outside world. Rather, she wrote as an outsider looking in — hoping to make sense of life’s struggles, longings, and grief. Her poems are easy to identify with as she admits she doesn’t know all the answers. But they aren’t simplistic. She put her own spin on various poetic styles and conventions to give her works literary depth and additional significance.

Born in Worcester, Mass, in 1911, Elizabeth Bishop’s father died when she was a year old, and her mother was institutionalized. She never saw her mother again. She lived for a time with her grandparents in Nova Scotia, before she was sent back to Massachusetts. She graduated from Vassar College, where she developed a close friendship with poet Marianne Moore.

Although she only published around 100 poems in her lifetime, her work was appreciated, and she was named the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1956, and also the National Book Award. Larry Rohter of the New York Times called her “one of the most important American poets” of the twentieth century. Read more…

Memorial Day: We are family

Celebrated Memorial Day weekend in Massachusetts. Visited my nephew and his family in their new home in West Bridgewater for a cookout, and stopped by Fall River to say hi to dad who due to poor health is now staying in a nursing home.

I enjoyed spending this time with relatives I rarely see. It’s because of the men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom that I had fun knocking back a few brewskis with my brother Chip, gnoshing on delicious barbecue ribs made by Matt, and playing bocce with the whole gang. On this Memorial Day, our family got to be a family. Thank you.

Family playing bocce

Family playing bocce on Memorial Day weekend.

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