Day at the Lake…

For the past few years- even before I moved to the Pioneer Valley- visiting Ashfield Lake in Ashfield, Massachusetts every Summer was a must-do. The lake is clean, beautiful, and within a short walking distance from downtown Ashfield. And, although downtown Ashfield doesn’t look like much- it’s very much a rustic place to visit and/or […]

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“Some Places Are Like People: Some Shine and Some Don’t.”

One of my Summer 2021 Bucket List activities was to finally go and see a movie in a drive-in with some of my friends- something I hadn’t done since I was a kid and then couldn’t do in the Summer of 2020 due to social distancing protocols preventing me from congregating with anyone who wasn’t […]

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A Month to Remember: June 2021

Although I know it’d be terribly clichΓ© to say “how about this heat wave, huh?”- I mean, really- how about this heat wave, huh? New England is heading into day three of scorching hot temperatures this week- although it looks like we may get a little relief (and a little rain!) with the arrival of […]

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“No Ray of Sunlight’s Ever Lost…”

It’s been about nine years since my father passed away, and although the overwhelming and all-consuming grief that took over my life in the weeks/months following his unexpected death has gradually turned into something more manageable (I’m still sad, and I still miss him, obviously- but I can make it through my days without completely […]

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A Berry Good Day…

When it comes to preparing for the Summertime, there are a few activities in and around the New England area that never fail to truly get me into the seasonal spirit- and not all of them involve piling into the car for an impromptu beach day (although that’s definitely high up on the list.) Outdoor […]

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A Month to Remember: May 2021

Happy Memorial Day and First (Unofficial) Day of Summer, everyone! Although I’m still a little jetlagged and the weather here in New England has been anything but Summery since my return home over this past weekend- I’m in good spirits and looking forward to the coming weeks ahead where I have a few beach days, […]

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Frolicking and Food Trucks…

With May kicking off this past Saturday, I was delighted to wake up that morning to find a blue, sunny sky greeting me. I had plans to take some photos with my friend/neighbor/photographer, Dan, so having lots of natural light- and no rain!- would make for some great pictures and no hassle. Granted, it was […]

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Local Loves: The Montague Bookmill

Ask and you shall receive! Speak it into the universe! Manifest what you want! It feels like only yesterday I had been writing about all the still-closed-because-of-the-pandemic local spots I wished I could highlight here on Coffee & Chiffon during the Springtime- including but not limited to one of my favorite and famous places/shops- The […]

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