Poor, poor pitiful me. The Victimization Gambit.

“Indeed, artists like Thomas Cole believed Northampton to be the epitome of the picturesque – the ideal middle landscape between the sordid city and wild nature.”                                                                         The Camoin Study  The poor people that burned the midnight oil and created this study really pulled out all the stops on the … Continue reading Poor, poor pitiful me. The Victimization Gambit.

Twelve years later,questions hang over the city sale of the old firehouse

You see things around town, and you say to yourself, that’s odd. I wonder what the story is behind that? In this case it was the big ultra-modern home behind the old fire station, and lately it is seeing a second mystery building going up right next to it.  Work on the new building is … Continue reading Twelve years later,questions hang over the city sale of the old firehouse

Dishonor Court

Lately I have been reading nostalgic stuff about Honor Court; reading how the town was nice and clean and there was no graffiti in the old days when the guys from Honor Court and their push-broom brigades kept the town clean. Older Italians are nostalgic for Mussolini, who made the trains run on time. Some … Continue reading Dishonor Court