Near the end of our little road trip today my mom and I stopped at the flower bridge in Shelburne Falls, MA. Walking up to the bridge we saw a group of people in a circle holding sheet music. Just as we walked by them they started singing 'In the Garden.' I got very emotional when I heard it. Then my mom turned to me and said it was a song her mother and grandfather sang together often.
There's no denying it was a sign my grandma was with us in that moment; one of those moments that the timing was so good, you don't forget.
Faneuil Hall has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1743. It was the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis, and others encouraging independence from Great Britain. Now I go there to shop at @uniqlousa
Paul Tremblay’s “A Head Full of Ghosts” is one of my favorite books, and when I heard he’d released another thriller I picked it up immediately. The novel begins with a strange premise— a group of strangers show up to an isolated cabin to warn a family about an impending apocalypse, and to present them with a crucial choice that will allow them to “save the world” if they choose to engage in it. As is often the case, to say more would be to ruin the enjoyment of the plot. However, I will say that one of the book’s most fascinating elements was the use of a gay couple and their adopted daughter as the protagonists. Despite the social progress that has been made in recent years, we don’t always see these family structures and it was refreshing to experience the story from their POV. The story was developed by creating a feeling of claustrophobia and slow-burning dread, rather than dramatic/complex plot twists. Although I personally liked “A Head Full of Ghosts” better, I’d definitely recommend this book to fans of Tremblay, apocalyptic genres, and thrillers that highly value ambiance and symbolism.