Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The White Cotton Cable Knit Sweater

There are always so many beautiful boats to admire.
It would be difficult to suggest that a white cable knit sweater is a practical item in New England.  Navy is far more practical.

One consideration is the "rule" no white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day.  (As with many such frameworks, it is nice to know about them regardless, and then follow them if they makes sense.  However, living in New England, it does appear to be worth following. And it may be more of a condition of the local weather. As cooler air starts to fill in and the leaves change color, the white bucks, shorts, pants, and sweaters suddenly look and feel discordant.)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Roger Tory Peterson

Black and white photographs from our archives
Roger Tory Peterson introduced ornithology, one of the great New England hobbies, to so many.  On the eve of his birthday, here are some photos from the archives.

L.L. Bean's Very High Cost of Free Shipping

Here is a comment from "Mollie's Mom":
Bean's prices are very high for the quality of product they are selling. "Free Shipping" means that they included shipping in their new pricing strategy. Did Bean actually believe that we would fall for that? Their shipping for an entire order rarely ever exceeded 13 dollars and now I'm paying 10 dollars more for each item shipped.
Here is a comparison of prices from 2010 to today and some data points.

Item 2010  2012 % Increase
Flannel Lined Double L Chinos
Chamois Shirt
Ragg Wool Sweater Full Zip
Scotch Plaid Flannel Shirt
Men's Original Field Coat (cotton-lined)
Warm-up Jacket
Men's Blucher Mocs
Norwegian Sweater
Stretch Bayside Corduroys:Plain Front Comfort Waist
Camden Corduroy Shirt

Perhaps they are being delivered by this.  These increases are also reflected in the prices in the L.L. Bean stores.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Guest Post by "Sartre": The New Ivies?

Miller Library at Colby College (pictures taken by guest post author "Sartre")
By "Sartre"

Fall is here and we’re starting to gear up for a few more college visits.

It’s probably fitting that the front page of the New York Times Book Review features two new books casting aspersions on the current Ivy League and the decline of the liberal education at those institutions. The idea is that the Ivies have ceded their historical role as keepers of the flame of liberal education to become massive research centers focused around grants, in some ways more comparable to the great state universities than anything else.

Monday, August 20, 2012

A domestic cat...

“Somehow there seemed an element of embarrassment in addressing on equal terms a domestic cat of acknowledged mental ability.”

Hector Hugh Munro (Saki), Tobermory, 1909

Tis the gift...

“Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be.”

- Shaker Song Simple Gifts

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Port Clyde, Maine - Gateway to Monhegan Island

Port Clyde is a small fishing village on the tip of a peninsula in mid-coast Maine.  It is best known as the place to get the boat to Monhegan Island.  Although the Hardy Boat out of New Harbor is the quickest route to Monhegan, many favor Port Clyde.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Choate Headmaster Seymour St. John, 1969

All photographs are from our family archives.

Here are some photos from our archives of Choate Headmaster Seymour St. John taken in 1969.  The New York Times outlined his professional life and context in their obituary.

I showed these pictures to a handful of old and close friends who knew him well.  I have sprinkled some of their more personal comments to me throughout.

The big question is always, "what is a good life?"  If the answer is "having a deep and profound positive impact on people," I would say that Seymour St. John led a good life.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Bee and Thistle Inn, Old Lyme, Connecticut

The Bee and Thistle Inn is located in Old Lyme, Connecticut, on the corner of Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River, is a lovely old inn and in a wonderful area to explore.  To wit, just next door to the Bee and Thistle is the Florence Griswold Museum, known to many as as the Home of American Impressionism.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

John McPhee's Magnanimous Despot

A Favorite Shelf

“He [Frank Boyden] is at the near end of a skein of magnanimous despots who... created enduring schools through their own individual energies, maintained them under their own absolute rules, and left them forever imprinted with their own personalities.”

John McPhee, The Headmaster: Frank L. Boyden of Deerfield