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This photo from the late 1800s shows the grounds of Herman Melville’s home in Pittsfield, Mass.,  known as Arrowhead. The farm and home are open for tours. Photo courtesy of Berkshire Historical Society​

Thinking of Whales and Trails During a Heat Wave

As the Tri-state region experiences a few particularly hot days, it’s pleasant to think about ocean voyages; and to consider sitting indoors with a fan or the air conditioning on, while reading a very long book.


Margo Martindale, who appeared in “The Good Wife” with, at left, Alan Cumming and Chris Noth, will be the featured speaker in a Kent Memorial Library talk on Wednesday, July 15. Photo courtesy CBS​

The ‘Most’ of Margo Martindale in Zoom Talk

The trouble with actress Margo Martindale is that there just isn’t enough of her. 

It’s not that she’s a tiny slip of a woman; she is, in fact, robust and big-voiced and large-laughed. 


KK Kozik’s evocative paintings in the Summer Nights collection include “Overlook,” above. The works all seem to glow with heat and memories.

The Warmth of Summer Nights in Old New England

When you first move to rural Connecticut, it has a magical mystique that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to one of the scenic old New England books of Robert McCloskey (remember “Blueberries for Sal,” with the plinking of the freshly picked berries in a metal bucket?). 

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