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New England Kossacks is a social group of (but not limited to)
DailyKos readers who live and/or work in New England
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)



New England Kossak Meet Up

When:  Saturday, September 15, 2012

Time: 12noon - 3pm (when they stop serving lunch)

Where: Bangkok Cafe
369 Central Street
Foxborough, MA 02035
508-543-THAI (8424)

Menu (pdf)

map

Thinking about bringing your kids?  Making a day out of it?  Need a hotel?
Or you just need MORE reasons to make the trek and come to this meet up?
I accept your challenge!
More info below the orange squiggy.

The Mansfield (MA)  MBTA station is about 1 mile from the restaurant.  MBTA schedule (Providence/Stoughton Line); walking directions from the train station to Bangkok Cafe

 Peter Pan Bus - A big "Thank you" to Ed Tracey for reminding me that the PeterPan bus stops in the shopping center on it's route between Boston and Providence. (scroll down, it's the Foxboro/Mansfield stop)

Easy Off, Easy On via I-95  

Coming from the south (Rhode Island, Connecticut, etc.) on I-95

Coming from the north (Boston) on I-95

Coming on I-495 from Fall River/Brockton (going toward Milford/Marlborough)  

Coming on I-495 from Worcester/I-90 (Mass Pike) (going toward Fall River)

RSVP me (Clytemnestra) on Kosmail

I'd like to have a majority of RSVPs in by September 8, 2012.  Thanx

Please contact those willing to carpool through Kosmail too.

Affirmative RSVPs thus far:
Clytemnestra
Rick DeVille (husband of SadieSue)
SadieSue (they will be coming from Western Mass willing to carpool. )
GreyHawk and Hawkwife
thankgodforairamerica (coming from central CT willing to carpool. )
Moody Loner,  mommyp00ka, and the Little
jarbyus
bjedward
msdobie
dlcmassage

Maybes:
litho
paulitics
brillig
northerntier  (will be coming from central VT, willing to carpool. )
The Poet Deploreate (will be coming from the North Shore, willing to carpool.)
Common Sense Mainer
Phil S 33
Samantha Clemens (progressive radio talk show host)
rougegorge
annieli
TrueBlueMajority
Thestral

RSVP List (maybes and yes) updated  2:00PM ET 8/30/12

Everyone welcome!

Next Meet Up:

October


Saturday, October 13, 2012
Cheers & Jeers/NE Kossacks Meet-Up
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant - Portsmouth
775 Lafayette Road
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
map
Hosts:  Common Sense Mainer and Bill in Portland Maine
Please RSVP by  Wednesday October 10th, 2012.
kosmail Common Sense Mainer to RSVP
Everyone welcome!
.

November


Probable date: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Host: Clytemnestra
Everyone welcome!

Common Sense Mainer and I have split up New England.  
He is responsible for meet ups in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
I am responsible for meet ups in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  

This diary will be updated as RSVPs come in.  It is the "link to" dairy..

Make a day or even a weekend of it!
Other things to do while you're here

One of the nice things about having an event taking up only 3 or 4 hours in a day is that it allows everyone to explore and do other things in the area too.

With this in mind I have listed many (but not all) things available in the area for a variety of interests.  I have also listed special niche interests (ex: being a  hobbyist (of many types: models, trains, games)) I have listed stores in the area.  Because I know hobbyists like to check out stores where they visit.  (see side note below)

For the most part all map and directions start at the Bangkok Café.  The exceptions are the hotel listings (and one other thing but I can’t remember what), those listings are from the hotel to Bangkok Café.

All listings (singly), with the exception of one, is under 15 miles from Bangkok Cafe.

I have tried to organize the listings somewhat, but that doesn’t mean that, for instance, children won’t be interested in something outside the children’s section.  Or that adults wouldn’t be interested in going to Capron Park.  

And yes, before anyone asks, I did have a "geek out" over this.  No animals or plants were harmed! :-)

     
KIDS

Kids ARE WELCOME - just please be aware of your child's/childrens "expiration date." That's the  time just after being able to deal with adults talking and getting to know each other, and when  they are bored stiff and want/need to do something else before all hell breaks loose.  (I'm a mother of 4.  I know this period well).  Everyone, kids and adults should have a good time!

Capron Park in Attleboro, is a beautiful city park with a large playground, fountain, statues, memorial flower garden and a ZOO.  Currently on exhibit at the zoo is a white alligator.   (Capron Park is were I thought of holding the September get together in the first place) map and directions

World War I Park in North Attleborough, has rustic picnic spaces, a playground, a little zoo and one of the few fire lookout towers left in operation.  map and directions


Funway, Foxborough Mini Golf, Go-Kart Racing, Bumper Boats, Moon Walk, Bungee Run Inflatable.  Website | map and directions

Ryan Family Amusements, Emerald Square Mall, North Attleborough - arcade
ground floor next to Sears | map and directions

20,000 Leagues, Foxborough - themepark/adventure  website | map and directions

Espionage, Foxborough - puzzle driven adventure  website | map and directions

Showcase Cinema, Foxborough -  website (what's playing) | map and directions

     
Cranberry Bogs and Nature Walks

The Nature Trail and Cranberry Bog at Patriot Place, Foxborough (this is a relatively new bog)  website | map and directions

Cranberry Bog, Sharon (older well established bog) map and directions

Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharon -  Mass Audubon Society website | map and directions

Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary, Attleboro -  Mass Audubon Society website | map and directions

Attleboro Springs,  Attleboro -  Mass Audubon Society Universally Accessible Trail - Reflection Trail (trail maps and tour info on-line) - website | map and directions to La Salette Shrine.  Once there use these directions:

Pass the La Salette Shrine and take your next right at the stone gatehouse. The sanctuary is located at the end of the boulevard. Please note, this sanctuary is currently open to the public, but trails are under construction.
     
Niche Grocery

Farmers Market
The only local farmers market open on Saturday is in Attleboro from 8am - 12 noon in the municipal parking lot next to the library.

website | SEMAP listing |map

India Bazaar,
Indo/Pak foods
India Bazaar
575 E Washington St
North Attleboro, MA 02760
Indo/Pak food stuffs, products and spices
(re:  here and here)
website | map and directions
     
The First Public Library in the US (and library tour) and Education

The FIRST public library in the United States is in Franklin, MA.  

Acknowledging that "sense" was preferable to "sound", Dr. Franklin responded with an offer of books for the use of the town's residents. When the volumes arrived, a great controversy arose over who should be allowed to use them. On November 20th, 1790, those attending Franklin's town meeting voted to lend the books to all Franklin inhabitants free of charge. This vote established the Franklin collection as the first public library in the United States. The original Franklin collection is still housed in a book case in the library's Reading Gallery.
- library history
You can visit that first library and see the beautiful library that they are housed in.  
map and directions from Bangkok Cafe to Franklin, MA Library.

Tour of 3 of the most beautiful OLD libraries in the area. (because some of us geeks love visiting libraries)  Franklin to North Attleborough to Attleboro.  To see the old beauty of the Attleboro library you must go to the second floor and then go to the "old grand entry" of the library. map and directions

Education

"Birthplace of Public Education."

There are four cities/towns in the US that vie for the title of "Birthplace of Public Education."  Depending on the criteria used, they all DO have a claim to the title.  

Public Education has been part of this country since before it was it's own country.

Rehoboth has a claim as one of the birthplaces of public education in North America. Upon incorporation, the Newman Church in modern-day East Providence elected to support a teacher for the congregation's children. Because of the lack of separation between church and state at the time, Rehoboth claims one of the earliest known [public] education systems in America. One of the town's landmarks is also education related; the Hornbine School located in the southeast corner of town was built in 1845 as one of the town's nine one-room schoolhouses.
-- Wikipedia
And as you can see, incorporation happened in 1645.

I like to take people's pictures by this sign, it's a good conversation starter. (and it's makes Randianites heads explode.)
map and directions |

Father of Public Education in the US

Horace Mann  - Daguerreotype by Southworth & Hawes  c.1850  - - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Horace_Mann_-_Daguerreotype_by_Southworth_%26_Hawes,_c1850.jpg
Horace Mann
May 4, 1796 – August 2, 1859
born in Franklin, Massachusetts

After serving in various positions in Massachusetts state governance, he was appointed as the commonwealth's first Secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Education.

He argued that "universal public education was the best way to turn the nation's unruly children into disciplined, judicious republican citizens." 1  He had great support for his ideas from his party, the Whiggs (grandfather of the Republican party) and in the building of public schools.  He advocated for a system to educate and train professional teachers, this became the "normal school" system (many state universities were once "normal schools" which became state teacher colleges and then state universities [Framingham State University in Framingham, MA and Emporia State University in Emporia, KS] are two such schools).  

Many states adopted a public school system he established in Massachusetts one form or another.

“Education...beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of conditions of men --the balance wheel of the social machinery. I do not here mean that it so elevates the moral nature as to make men disdain and abhor the oppression of their fellow-men.  This idea pertains to another of its attributes.  But I mean that it gives each man the independence and the means, by which he can resist the selfishness of other men.  It does better than to disarm the poor of their hostility toward the rich; it prevents being poor. . . The spread of education, by enlarging the cultivated class or caste, will open a wider area over which the social feelings will expand; and, if this education should be universal and complete, it would do more than all things else to obliterate factitious distinctions in society."
- Horace Mann
"The Case for Public Schools" page 150
The American Reader: Words That Moved a Nation
 By Diane Ravitch
Growing up in Franklin, MA where the first public library resided, Mann also saw the beauty of books.
“A house without books is like room without windows” - Horace Mann
Monument to Horace Mann
The home Horace Mann grew up in no longer exists.  In it's place is a shopping mall, which if you think about it is symbolic of what is happening today to public education in this country.  There is a monument sitting where the house was, and there is more at the town's museum.  museum website

map and directions | all

   
Other Historic Sites

King Philip's War sites


Woodcock Burial Ground | Woodcock Garrison House | garrison?

There are many places around here that are sites of King Philip's War.  These (the graveyard, garrison and Anawan Rock) are the only ones that are easy. The 1676 marker is the only marker for the graves of area English killed in war in the colonial burial ground.  All those umarked graves are supposedly in the middle.✻  

I wrote a diary about this war on Monday.    

The Woodcock of "Woodcock's Garrison" is the same man who kidnapped a Native American child.

map and directions

Anawon Rock | map and directions | both sites

Anawon Rock  from Wikimedia Commons.    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Anawan_Rock_Sign.jpg
✻ = King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict
by Eric B. Schultz and Mike Tougias
(Excellent book to find sites of the war)

Post Road, Powder House


Old Post Road and Powder House, Attleboro, Old Towne, MA
A section of one of Ben Franklin's three Post Roads in a section of Attleboro/North Attleboro (they were one city/town until 1887 ) called "Old Towne."  To give you an idea how old this section is, it was called "Old Towne" by 1880.

Just off the Old Post Road is a "Powder House" used in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, to store gun powder and amunnition.  It was, in effect, an armory.  It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Putting 1+1+1+1 together (in a history geek way)
The post roads were, a times based on old colonial roads, some colonial roads were once Native American foot paths.  This portion of the post road was an old colonial road.  Woodcock's Garrison was built on the Bay Path, a Native American foot path.  

It doesn't take any effort to make these line up using modern roads.  It is possible that this portion of the Old Post Road is part of the Bay Path.

map and directions |   directions to see the  four sites

   
Kossack Interest

Mount Hope Cemetery and Arboretum, North Attleborough.   Mount Hope was the 4th cemetery to be designated an arboretum by the American Association of Botanical Gardens & Arboreta (AAGBA).  It is beautiful and peaceful and a lovely place to visit. Yes, I do go there, and know it would make a great photo diary. Also if you are into the paranormal, Mount Hope Cemetery is supposedly home to a dancing Jesus statue, I've never looked for it.  website | map and directions

On January 28, 2012 kossack Cartoon Peril published  a diary, "Fire lookouts -- vanishing history?" The diary spoke about the abandoning of fire lookout towers across the US.  There is an ACTIVE, in use, fire lookout tower at the World War I Park in North Attleborough.   The picture I took below shows a Lookout in an open window looking through binoculars.  I took this pic 8/8/2012.  This tower is credited with assisting in the early reporting of a forest fire that threatened our home a few years ago.  If this slice of history interests you, check it out! map and directions
 

Women at Work Museum
35 County Street,
Attleboro, MA.
(in the Attleboro Jewelry Makers building)
1 (508) 222-4430
Saturdays, 11:00am to 4:00pm
website | map and directions

While the women featured in the Women at Work Museum may not be listed in history books, this in no way diminishes their real role in history, their commitment to intellectual challenges, and their contributions to the communities in which they lived and worked. As leaders, regardless of recognition or reward, they pursued their interests and made significant advances in math, science, engineering, and technology. As an educational center, the Museum presents to visitors the full scope of the achievement of women today as well as in the past.
     
Politics
Yes Scott Brown only lives one town over from Foxboro, but that's not what this little box is going to address.  For the past several weeks many kossacks have been writing diaries about Sensata.  

The company, owned by Bain and created out the of ashes of Texas Instruments when it sent jobs overseas,  is about to send jobs to China from Freeport, IL.  (background diaries can be found here, here, here, and here).

The corporate headquarters of Sensata is in Attleboro, MA  map and directions

     
Gaming/Hobbies, Shopping and Misc

Battleground Games & Hobbies, Plainville  website | map and directions

Rivendell Books and Games, Rehoboth website | map and directions

Hobby Quarters(a.k.a RcHover), Foxboro  website | map and directions (you don't need no stinkin' map and directions because it's right next door to Bangkok Cafe!) (508) 222-3460  map and directions

Hobby Hut - Attleboro, a lovely old fashioned hobby store. map and directions

J & J Hobbies, North Attleborough - sports cards and Magic game cards. listing | map and directions

Wild Time Comics, Attleboro website| map and directions

My Dad's Trains, Wrentham - website | map and directions

Harry's Hobbies & Collectables, Norton website | map and directions

Emerald Square Mall, North Attleborough - shopping mall website | map and directions

Patriot Place, Foxborough - shopping mall  website | map and directions

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, Wrentham - shopping mall  website | map and directions

Gillette Stadium - website | map and directions

National Shrine Of Our Lady of La Salette -  website | map and directions

Therapeutic Massage - the woman responsible for me being able to walk without pain, my massage therapist, has openings that Saturday.  $30 for a half hour.  Kosmail me if you are interested.

     
Golf-Driving Range/Mini Golf/Batting Cages

Funway, Foxborough Mini Golf, Go-Kart Racing, Bumper Boats, Moon Walk, Bungee Run Inflatable.  Website | map and directions

Stix (a.k.a. Airport Golf), North Attleborough - Driving Range, Mini Golf, Batting Cages  
website | map and directions

Atlantic Golf, Attleboro - Golf, Pitch and Putt, Mini Golf, Driving Range
website | map and directions

     
Paintball, Airsoft, Laser Tag

Battlegroundz, Attleboro - Paintball, Airsoft, Lazer Tag, (indoor field) arcade - website | map and directions

Randolph Paintball - Plainville Field (Outdoor), Plainville -  website | map and directions

Reload Laser Tag and Airsoft, Attleboro - website | map and directions

     
Entertainment

Showcase Cinema, Foxborough -  website (what's playing) | map and directions

There is also  Showcase Cinema de Lux in Foxborough at Patriot Place

Lux Level is a luxurious, in-theatre dining experience at select theatres. Movie-goers can indulge themselves with premium reserved-seating, in-seat dining throughout the show, as well as other special amenities.  Each seat is equipped with a server call button so your server is always there when you need them.  This truly is the finest movie-going experience available today.  

Lux Level menus feature innovative appetizers, signature salads, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches and wraps, deliciously fresh half-pound Certified Angus Beef™ burgers and tapas-style entrees complimented by luscious desserts and our world class Signature Cocktails.  A selection of fine wine and beer is also available. Lux Level is available to guests 21 and older only.

Lux Level Menu <

Patriot Place also has Showcase Live

The bands playing on September 15 are  Warrant and Firehouse

Showcase Live, is a 16,000-square foot world class live entertainment venue located adjacent to the Showcase Cinema De Lux movie theater at Patriot Place. Designed to offer the finest in music entertainment, Showcase Live hosts top artist in all music genres including R& B, rock, country, jazz and hip-hop.
Warrant

     
Hotels

If you'd like to make an entire day (or more) of it, and staying at a hotel will help, here are four that are close to Bangkok Cafe

Red Roof Inn 0.3miles away (6 minutes if you walk -  map)

Comfort Inn - Foxborough.  0.5 miles away

Courtyard- Foxborough Boston  0.4 miles away

Holiday Inn - Mansfield/Foxboro  1.2 miles away

DKos Face to Face Gamers will begin posting diaries about games every Thursday, starting next week.  Games that you are most likely to find in niche gaming stores, like the two listed in the Gaming/Hobbies, Shopping and Misc (purple) section.

With school starting and winter coming games are a wonderful way to engage family and friends.

 

Originally posted to New England Kossacks on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by These Green Mountains, Massachusetts Kosmopolitans, and Nutmeg State Progressives.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

    by Clytemnestra on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 05:00:05 AM PDT

  •  Oh hey! (4+ / 0-)

    Going to talk with the family about this. Mrs. will probably be unable to eat due to food allergies.

    Also, we finally get a gaming group together and now I find out about dKos Face to Face Gamers? Tanj dammit.

    Are you on the Wreck List? Horde on Garrosh.

    by Moody Loner on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 06:01:51 AM PDT

    •  we've been rather quiet (F2F) but now, hopefully (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Moody Loner, parsonsbeach, navajo

      that will change

      Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

      by Clytemnestra on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 06:21:23 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  C - do you have any idea how gluten free (2+ / 0-)
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      the menu might be - or how knowledgable about ingredients the staff might be?  I usually have a very easy time eating at Thai restaurants but I was wondering if you had any idea how traditional the food is at Bangkok Cafe (as opposed to Americanizing everything with flour as thickener).  And if you don't, no worries - I'll try to find out when I'm there & will order (or not!) as is warranted.

      And thanks for reminding me to ask this with your comment about your wife's allergies, Moody Loner!

      You can lose the Republic on an installment plan every bit as efficiently as you can with a coup d'etat. Bruce Fein, Censure Hearings, March 31, 2006

      by SadieSue on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 08:53:51 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  PS And thank you so much for the really impressive (2+ / 0-)
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        Moody Loner, Clytemnestra

        list of things to do in the area!

        You can lose the Republic on an installment plan every bit as efficiently as you can with a coup d'etat. Bruce Fein, Censure Hearings, March 31, 2006

        by SadieSue on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 08:54:33 AM PDT

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        •  YW -- is was rather fun .. in a geek out sort of (2+ / 0-)
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          way :-)

          And actually a challenge because I know how to sell this area and New England to westerners ... but how to sell to New Englanders who see a lot of the stuff westerners find interesting, all the time.

          It was a good challenge for me to do.

          Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

          by Clytemnestra on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 09:24:44 AM PDT

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      •  no ... but I'm sure we can find our way around it (2+ / 0-)
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        Thia food uses a lot of rice noodles, rice etc.

        We can check about using wheat as a thickener.

        Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

        by Clytemnestra on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 09:21:58 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks! (2+ / 0-)
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          Thai* food uses a lot of rice noodles, rice etc.
          And this is one of the reasons (along with it being delicious) that I love Thai food!  I know what is (or should be!) in my favorite Thai dishes so as long as they don't add any flour or regular noodles to them, I'm fine.

          *My apologies - I just couldn't help myself; I had to correct the typo before block quoting.  I do know I've committed a major faux pas of quoting etiquette.  =D

          You can lose the Republic on an installment plan every bit as efficiently as you can with a coup d'etat. Bruce Fein, Censure Hearings, March 31, 2006

          by SadieSue on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 09:46:09 AM PDT

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          •  TY (2+ / 0-)
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            I'm dyslexic. I have few problems with people correcting my typos, because often I don't see them

            the only problem I have is HOW they do it
            generally helpful = okay
            grammar nazi = I feel obliged to make one look like an ass

            Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

            by Clytemnestra on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 10:08:37 AM PDT

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            •  I usually never comment on typos... (2+ / 0-)
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              unless it changes the meaning of something unintentionally.  I think it's rather rude because we all make lots of them -- & I know darn tootin' that I make bunches without having any valid excuse as you do (my typos are usually on my phone - curse you autocorrect!).  The only reason I corrected this was because I block quoted it &, well, I'm slightly OCD & could not NOT correct it.  I'm glad you didn't take it horribly amiss because it was definitely MY issue with leaving it, not YOUR issue with typing it.  =)

              Now if we were to start discussing the rampant abuse of homophones (their, they're, there, hear, here, etc) I see all over the web, especially at Reddit much as I love it, I might not be able to hold back. My inner TA twitches violently every time I see this happen!

              You can lose the Republic on an installment plan every bit as efficiently as you can with a coup d'etat. Bruce Fein, Censure Hearings, March 31, 2006

              by SadieSue on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 01:12:21 PM PDT

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              •  my son (who is also dyslexic) is really bad about (2+ / 0-)
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                that ... I try to get him to work on it because his dyslexia isn't an excuse and it took me a while to figure out some (though I still mess up at times)

                Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

                by Clytemnestra on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 03:12:26 PM PDT

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                •  I tend to mix them up when I get tired (2+ / 0-)
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                  But I'm also wondering if there is less emphasis placed on watching out for these in schools, perhaps less time is spent on spelling & vocabulary & memorization, as I'm noticing misuses most among people that are obviously younger (based on their topics of conversation & pop culture references).  It also might be that people are just a lot lazier because we can look things up on our phones & computers without having to remember them anymore.  And now I sound like an old fart - get offa my lawn, you punks!

                  I'm very lucky that I don't have dyslexia but I do have some sort of spelling issue (which does have a name but I only found out a year or two ago when I came across it by accident & while I did note it down, it's not on my laptop so I have no idea what it is).  I can't look at words & remember how to spell them - I have to memorize them letter by letter & if I try to spell an unfamiliar word from hearing it, I will spell it phonetically unless it is related to a word I already know.  The best example of this was an Art History class I took in college; the class was almost entirely slides shown in a dark auditorium while the professor talked. We were studying "Tision" (my spelling) & when I read the assigned reading, I was interested in seeing the art by "Tit-ee-un" (my pronunciation) & eventually, I noticed that Tision & Titian had an awful lot of paintings in common.  Duh!

                  And to this day, I still have to spell B-E-A-U-tiful out loud this way to make sure I don't spell it butiful.  My Dad, bless him, read all of my papers when I was in school & would circle all the misspelled words in red so I could look them up in the dictionary.  I did learn to spell really, really well - but when I am tired, I lose it completely & revert to phonetic spelling.

                  The brain is a very interesting thing!

                  You can lose the Republic on an installment plan every bit as efficiently as you can with a coup d'etat. Bruce Fein, Censure Hearings, March 31, 2006

                  by SadieSue on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 05:29:26 PM PDT

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    •  do take a look at the menu (1+ / 0-)
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      I think something could be cobbled together

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      by Clytemnestra on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 09:22:45 AM PDT

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      •  With rice and soy on The List (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm not optimistic.

        Are you on the Wreck List? Horde on Garrosh.

        by Moody Loner on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 09:29:16 AM PDT

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        •  I think your wife is the first person (1+ / 0-)
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          I've heard of with a rice allergy.

          Take a look at the curry dishes.  I can email Danny and ask him what's in them if you'd like)  -- the rice for the curries are served as sides

          my favorite is Massaman Curry

          Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

          by Clytemnestra on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 09:44:36 AM PDT

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          •  Full list: (2+ / 0-)
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            Rice
            Soy
            Chicken
            Peppers
            Tomatoes
            Berries
            Fish
            Shellfish
            Tree Nuts
            Peanuts
            Paprika
            Peas
            Green Beans
            Palm Oil
            Sunflower Oil
            Oats
            Barley

            I'll take a look at the menu.

            Are you on the Wreck List? Horde on Garrosh.

            by Moody Loner on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 02:10:38 PM PDT

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            •  Wow - that's horrendous! (2+ / 0-)
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              I'm very grateful I "just" have Celiac!  Please tell her I really feel for her - it's hard enough eating out & avoiding all gluten, I can't imagine trying to eat out or buy prepared food or even trying to find recipes that she can make with that long list.

              You can lose the Republic on an installment plan every bit as efficiently as you can with a coup d'etat. Bruce Fein, Censure Hearings, March 31, 2006

              by SadieSue on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 05:35:48 PM PDT

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            •  PS I have minor food intolerances (2+ / 0-)
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              And they overlap her list a bit: Crustaceans (I don't risk EVER eating these), chocolate, dairy, eggs, poultry, nightshade family, legumes, & the obvious wheat, rye, & barley from Celiac.  I'm very, very lucky as now that I am totally gluten free, I don't react to anything unless i really over-consume it.  As long as I stick to Julia Child's "moderation in all things", (& NO gluten), I'm good.  I wish Mrs. Loner all the best!

              You can lose the Republic on an installment plan every bit as efficiently as you can with a coup d'etat. Bruce Fein, Censure Hearings, March 31, 2006

              by SadieSue on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 05:41:44 PM PDT

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  •  Wow! Awesome Diary. Thanks for all the info..... (3+ / 0-)

    Sadly I can't make this date because of a previous engagement, but I'm am definitely going to plan a visit to the area mainly for this:

    The original Franklin collection is still housed in a book case in the library's Reading Gallery.
    Thank you again for this enormous effort. I do hope to catch up with some of you in Portsmouth!

    ;o)

    "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Matthew 5:11

    by parsonsbeach on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 06:41:38 AM PDT

  •  Depending on a ride---I'm planning on it as of now (2+ / 0-)
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    (Very sad to miss NYC meet-up this weekend)

  •  If I'm not mistaken ...... (2+ / 0-)
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    ..... the shopping center (Foxfield Plaza) where the Bangkok Cafe is located is also a bus stop (between Boston and Providence) on the Peter Pan bus line. As I've taken the bus between Boston and Providence often, it has one interim stop - which is in that very shopping center, I think.

    "We should pay attention to that man behind the curtain."

    by Ed Tracey on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 09:45:44 AM PDT

  •  Enticing (1+ / 0-)
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    and I am getting closer to commitment, waiting for one more piece of the puzzle to interlock.  Retired librarian here, but had always been told the first public library was in New Hampshire  and the Boston Public, the second, where I worked for six years.  Have to look into this now, but know that the debate will be over the degree of "public" and all that means.

    Thank you for all of the work you are putting into this.

    OT:  Read your article on King Philip this morning and now have to also research King Philip's Nose, a rock in the middle of the Connecticut River just south of Northfield where I live now.  

    The key to my committing will be handed to me tomorrow evening.  

    Cheers

    Just waitin' around for the new Amy Winehouse album

    by jarbyus on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 06:02:59 PM PDT

    •  If they mean an actual building then they (0+ / 0-)

      may just have something - because for years this collection was not in a building of it's own, each family in the community held/took care of/lent the collection for a determined period of time before it traveled to another house in the community.

      Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

      by Clytemnestra on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 08:23:59 PM PDT

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  •  wow (1+ / 0-)
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    you got enough info on the area to build a vacation around.  nice job and good idea.

    Politics is a contact sport

    by boudi08 on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 06:48:19 AM PDT

  •  We are going to try to make this. (2+ / 0-)
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    Moody Loner, mommyp00ka, and the Little.

    Are you on the Wreck List? Horde on Garrosh.

    by Moody Loner on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 09:52:21 AM PDT

  •  I'm looking like a definite! (1+ / 0-)
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    I'll look forward to seeing you and meeting you all there!

    John

    James Madison: "The power of all corporations ought to be limited ... The growing wealth acquired by them never fails to be a source of abuses."

    by bjedward on Sat Aug 18, 2012 at 12:06:28 PM PDT

  •  i might be able to come, but... (1+ / 0-)
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    i will not know for another week or so whether I have to work on that Saturday.

    If I have the day off I will be there!!!

    thanks Ed for the Peter Pan bus information.

    "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."
    CALL EVERYONE YOU KNOW in OH, PA, FL, NC and TX. Make sure they have the ID they need to vote, and make sure YOU are registered and ready to vote!

    by TrueBlueMajority on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 08:04:23 AM PDT

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