Saturday, February 18, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

Updating the S.W.N.E. Acronym List, 2017

A few acronyms* (which will updated periodically based on comments):

Snowy Courts

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Shirt Delivery

Daniel Patrick Moynihan (March 16, 1927 - March 26, 2003)

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“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” 
“The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare.” 
― Daniel Patrick Moynihan 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Reader Question for the Community: Sweater Care

A reader question:
I have many lovely wool sweaters that I have had for quite a few years (some are even decades old). I do try to preserve the quality of these sweaters, but I have yet to find a method of cleansing that I find satisfactory. 
I have tried dry-cleaning, but knowing caustic chemicals are used bothers me. Perhaps I must look into finding a "green" dry cleaner?
I have also tried hand washing and air drying, but this method has resulted in a few shrinking mishaps.
What recommendations do you have to clean and preserve the life of wool and/or cashmere sweaters? 
Many Thanks.

The Wedgeport Inter-Collegiate Game Fish Seminar & Fish Match (Late 1960's)

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sail Loft

Flow Blue


Question for the Community: What are your habits, weekly or daily, to touch base with classic culture?

One message of today's social media is that recency is an indicator of value.  Something that was produced yesterday is more important that something that was produced a week ago.  And Silicon Valley continues to spend vast sums on researching and creating addictive experiences to fight for our attention, down to understanding reward schedules that would make a slot machine manufacturer jealous. Billions (and billions) are at stake.

At the same time, we all have greater access to the cultural accomplishments of the people who came before us.

Memories and even faith suggest that time spent experiencing cultural artifacts, at a personal level if possible, make us better.

Some of this takes the form of "big trips" to other countries, special museum exhibits, or the fund raiser at some new cultural venue.
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Fund Raisers Can Open Up New Venues - Peabody

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Companionway Stairs as Table

A response to companionway stairs as table:
"You know, I was thinking that to make the companionway stairs more authentic, you might put a few books under one side of it to replicate being heeled over on starboard tack.  Then, every hour or so you could change the books to the other side to be heeled over on port tack.  Then, every few hours you could dump a bucket full of ice cold water over someone’s head as they try to walk up the uneven, slippery stairs."

Mr. Leather Man Ltd.

Navy over Navy over Navy Tattersall

The Late, Great Ingrid, Ltd., Damariscotta, Maine

Bought in the Mid-1980s

Friday, February 10, 2017

New England Snow Photographs Over a Hundred Year Span

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 “I don't lie about a winter temperature I've seen on the thermometer outside my bedroom window, when I report it at the office later in the morning. But if it is a very low reading, I don't announce it right away either. I wait for others to report the reading on their thermometers. Then, if the reports are higher than mine, I weigh my timing carefully, and at what I consider to be an appropriate moment, play my own reading....   
A brief but satisfying victory is mine if there follows nothing but some wows, no-kiddings, and is-that-rights. Often, however, someone will have waited even longer to play an even lower temperature. The victory is then his or hers.”   
- Judson Hale, Inside New England <>

Blizzard Breakfast

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Portland Press Herald Article on L.L. Bean: "We haven’t grown for a number of years."

Today's article <> in the current Portland Press Herald on L.L. Bean's benefits program includes the following quotes:
L.L. Bean is offering voluntary early retirement bonuses to about 900 employees with the goal of shedding 10 percent of its U.S. workforce in order to free up cash to invest in expansion and automation....
The changes are designed to end the company’s recent period of stagnation, L.L. Bean President and CEO Stephen Smith said. “We haven’t grown for a number of years, and we need to get back into the growth that we saw in the ‘80s and the ‘90s...”
This community showed some prescience back in 2011 <>.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Question for the Community: Car Sticker Etiquette

A reader Question:
I am curious to know what readers' opinions are with regards to stickers on cars.  It seems like it started off as a somewhat charming way to personalize your car, and some are truly necessary in cases like campus parking lots, but now it often just seems loud.   I am tempted to put one or two on but feel a bit self-conscious.  What do people think?

Reader Question: Building a Composter

In response to a reader inquiry, here is a repost and update of the composter entry.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

10 Favorite Moments of Midsomer Murders - Season 6, Episode 1: A Talent for Life

Screenshots taken from Netflix of Midsomer Murders - Season 6, Episode 1: A Talent for Life. For copyright information, see: <>
Below are just some of the enjoyable moments in Season 6, Episode 1: A Talent for Life.  No spoilers are contained.  Of course, the episode is worth watching simply to appreciate the two real stars in this episode - The " Jaguar-owning pensioner" (and former Bond girl Ms. Galore) Honor Blackman and her red 1952 Jaguar XK120 roadster.

1 .The complexity around Isobel Hewitt - played perfectly by Honor Blackman - is captured in a single laugh near the beginning of the episode.

2. Great fly fishing garb, including a shirting fabric that looks remarkably similar, if not identical, to Mercer's Lambtontm 80% Cotton, 20% Wool Dorset Greens on Cream Plaid <>

Monday, February 6, 2017

Maple Syrup Season

The sap is running early and strong this year, and they will be cooking within the week.

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