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Arriving in the Great Depression, Thomas Sean Connery was born in Fountainbridge Edinburgh on 25th August 1930 and, as a boy, saw his country enter the 2nd World War. He joined the Royal Navy in 1946, and was stationed at Portsmouth where he trained at the naval gunnery school and in an anti-aircraft crew. By 18, and having reached 188cm, he already had an impressive physique honed through bodybuilding and he entered the Mr. Universe contest in 1950. His footballing skills also led to him being offered a contract by Matt Busby, manager of Manchester United, which he was tempted to accept. He is on record as saying, “I realised that a top-class footballer could be over the hill at 30 and I was already 23. I decided to become an actor and it turned out to be one of my more intelligent moves.”

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Dec 4, 2020 · 5 min read

Read story: Home: Exploring the Life & Legacy of Loring W. Coleman
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Home: Exploring the Life & Legacy of Loring W. Coleman

On a cold winter’s day in 1982, Loring Wilkins Coleman (1918-2015) embarked on one of his favorite activities: driving around Massachusetts to look at old barns and houses. On the recommendation of his son Andrew, Coleman went to the town of Sterling in search of a “superb grouping of buildings,” and struck gold. “It was indeed one of the most handsome New England farms I had ever seen,” recalled Coleman. It took ten days to complete a detailed pencil drawing of the farm buildings, but it wasn’t until 2003 that Coleman finished his painting of the view. By that point, all but one of the original buildings had been demolished and Coleman used his imagination to color in the details he remembered. He called the painting Home. “The title speaks for itself, for the painting represents the old farmhouses that still remain in New England and in my thoughts,” wrote Coleman in his autobiography, published only a few years before his death in 2015. Coleman’s paintings reflect a fascination with, and a sadness over, the changing landscape and ephemeral architecture of an agrarian Massachusetts.

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By Discover Concord MA
Dec 10, 2020 · 7 min read

Read story: Favorite New England Holiday Foods
Food & Drink
Favorite New England Holiday Foods

One of the best things about the holidays is the food. From that first bite of turkey to the last slice of pie, gathering around the table with family and friends – and good food – makes this time of year special. We may not be able to gather this year as we have in the past, so we are bringing you seasonal treats and even a few recipes  from some of Concord’s favorite chefs to make your holidays special. Whether you choose to cater for a small group, dine-in, or take out, Concord’s shops and restaurants have everything you need for that perfect holiday meal.

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By Discover Concord MA
Dec 10, 2020 · 5 min read

Read story: "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
Arts & Entertainment
"I'll Be Home for Christmas"

Named after the Old Testament biblical figure, Noah Stewart was born and raised in Harlem, NY, in the late 1970s. The New York City of this era was vastly different from that of today. New York experienced its highest levels of violent crime throughout the 1970s and ’80s. New York’s horrid tales of crime and grit were Hollywood’s greatest source material. Films like American Gangster, The Warriors, and The French Connection painted a stark picture of life in the City. Harlem was no outlier; it, too, was rife with crime and violence. At the time, homicide was the single greatest threat to African American men in the neighborhood. But mothers like Patricia Stewart, Noah’s mother, wrapped their arms tightly around their children, sheltering them from the harsh realities of a city gone mad. The soft-spoken mother of two vied for opportunities for her children to learn, grow, and thrive. As a young boy, Noah took judo lessons, played chess, and was involved in any number of free extracurricular activities to keep him safe and out of trouble.

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By The Whole Review
Dec 8, 2020 · 16 min read

Read story: Thoreau in Winter
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Thoreau in Winter

Winters in New England can be harsh and unforgiving with days, or even weeks, of below-freezing temperatures and with snowfalls that are often measured in feet. It’s a season when all but the heartiest of New Englanders hunker down, put on a few extra layers of flannel, crank the thermostat, and stay cozy and warm at home.

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Dec 10, 2020 · 5 min read

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Andy Hobbs

Steveston’s recent summer win in CBC’s Metro Vancouver’s best neighbourhood contest reflects the community’s belief in itself and the values others see in it.

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Sep 21, 2020 · 3 min read

Read story: Steveston Japanese Language School
Steveston Japanese Language School

Japanese language studies in Steveston date back to the late 1800s when thousands of Japanese men arrived to make a living building fishing boats and fishing for the numerous salmon canneries that lined the Fraser River. They lived in bunkhouses and retained their culture and language. In the early 1900s, women and children followed them from Japan to settle in Steveston.

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Jul 23, 2020 · 7 min read