Marcia Strykowski

Category Archives: New England

The Cottages of Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard is an island off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. It’s a smooth 30-40 minute ferry ride to get across from nearby locations. The island has become quite touristy in season and with good reason as it’s very scenic. But we’ll save the gorgeous rock cliffs and beaches for another day. What …

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2017 Middle Grade Fiction

After recently sharing some of my library’s new picture books and enjoying all your comments, I realized I should do a second post featuring middle grade books. I’m only starting to dip into the fun task of reading these new books, so to avoid playing favorites I won’t attempt to review them at this time. Below are what we’ve added …

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Gluten Free Dining in New England

It’s amazing how much gluten free dining has improved over the last few years. I thought it might be fun to take a look at what various restaurants are offering. Below is just a sampling of great places to find tasty meals in New England. First we’ll head over to Burton’s Grill. When a manager always …

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And the winner is…

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in my New Year’s Day Giveaway. I appreciate that so many  of you took the time to comment whether you wanted to win a book or not (and hey, if you’re not a winner today, you could always borrow or request one of the Amy  books at your local library!). My plan …

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Happy New Year and a Giveaway!

As a New Year’s resolution, I’m determined to get a little more writing done. With that intention, I’ll be blogging less frequently this month. I still intend to moderate comments (your chance to win a prize) and I look forward to hearing from you. As for 2017, I’ve already thought up many fun ideas for upcoming posts. I can’t wait to …

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Snow-Bound

It’s the first day of winter and a light layer of snow still covers the ground from New England’s last storm. Seems to me like the perfect day to think about poets and painters who have been moved by falling snow to put pen to paper. Here is a small collection of their thoughts with …

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Monhegan Island (part 3)

As mentioned in my last post (Monhegan Island part 2), around midday the sun burst through the clouds and kept right on shining until our departure. This final part of the triple-post will be mainly pictures to show how Monhegan Island looks at the end of September on a crisp clear day.There are 17 miles of trails to hike on the island. …

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Monhegan Island (part 2)

OK, it’s time. Off we go down the plank! It’s bright and early—7 AM— on a Wednesday morning and we’re off on the Laura B. I took half a motion-sickness tablet and I’ve got my sea-bands firmly in place. The water is somewhat smooth at first as we sail past the Marshall Point Lighthouse. But there’s …

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Monhegan Island (part 1)

Despite my love for the sea and my small connection to Monhegan (shown above in a 1909 postcard), I tend to get seasick. Perhaps that is why, until a week or so ago, I had never taken the 12-mile journey across the Atlantic to this beautiful island. Monhegan is a rocky little island (barely a square mile) where the …

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Sunflowers and Sweets

I had my annual check-up yesterday and discovered my vitamin d was a tad low, so what better way to spend the afternoon than in a huge field of sunflowers!Sunflowers have been around since ancient times, possibly even before corn was cultivated, and they’ve travelled back and forth around the world. Knowledge of their first …

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