In 1996 I took a part time night job after my day job working for the Internet Connection (iCi) in Mansfield Mass., a local Internet access dial up provider. I took the job for the sole purpose of learning from the inside about the new piece of technology called the Internet and the World Wide Web. It was just starting, I new it was going to be big and I wanted to learn and know all about it… More to come, stay tuned…
I started this blog in 1996, before facebook, before twitter, before instagram, before wordpress, before the word blog… as a service to the town in which I live where the idea was that citizens could connect online, post information, learn from each other, share, exchange ideas, discuss what’s going on, etc.
22 years later, it’s still going on, thank you for following Eastonmass.com
Screen shots from a 1998 version that was coded by hand:
See it here: https://web.archive.org/web/19980415080123/http://www.eastonmass.com:80/
Letter from Queset House (2018)
- You must be getting tired of listening to me blather on about how much I love spending time at Queset House. So this year, I thought I’d make a list of 18 things I’ve loved about spending a month as your writer-in-residence in 2018.Taking a Zentangle class with Debbie Adduci and learning how to create a little piece of perfectly imperfect art
- Meeting so many writers with fascinating works-in-progress at my Wednesday night writing workshops
- Helping 40-some high school seniors at Oliver Ames High School with their college essays
- Discovering how alive the spirit of entrepreneurship is at OAHS (Wouldn’t Oliver Ames be thrilled to know about the student who attached a weed whacker motor to his bike and created an electric bike—or the one who started a weekend side hustle as a wedding photographer? Wouldn’t old Oliver be equally thrilled to know many of these students sent me thank-you emails the day after our workshop?)
- Working with my young friend Brianna on a serious letter to the editor
- Talking with Rose about how to write a powerful testimonial to deliver at her church
- Crafting a marketing letter with Ihuoma about her passion for teaching STEM skills to kids through balloon art
- Seeing my friend Ed Hands, whose sweet dog, Maggie, inspired my last book
- Working on a motivational speech with Roshanda about living the good life, even with kidney disease
- Knowing Gail is going to write her book about Fergie and Casey in November
- Being asked to lead story hour for the library’s youngest patrons while Ms. Jessica was on vacation
- Learning the nuts and bolts of podcasting from tech wizard Burt Lewis
- Listening to live music in Queset Garden
- Watching a group of women dance for fun in the formal dining room (Was that the Hustle I saw?)
- Meeting Easton’s finest firefighters after I accidentally set off the fire alarm at Queset House (So sorry, you guys)
- Knowing Tim Hurley would be able to figure out a Matlock-worthy way to reset the alarm system after all my attempts failed
- Hiking after-hours at Moose Hill Trail with Dr. Uma Hiremath and losing our way (again!), but knowing there’s no person with whom I’d rather be lost
- Learning about Blanche Ames—my new hero—while working on a documentary with Bill Ames and Kevin Friend about Blanche and Oakes Ames’s life at Borderland.
Speaking of Blanche and Oakes, earlier this week, I found the sweetest picture of Oakes, sitting in the grass with his toddler daughter, Pauline. The photo caption reads: “Some day, you will wish to know how we lived where foxgloves and luxury were our daily delight in late June 1903.”
Someday, if people wish to know how we lived in the late summer and early fall of 2018, please show them a picture of Queset House and tell them about all the people who make this house feel like home.
Where is everyone who used to post on the old EastonMass.com? Try out Burt’s new site and keep informed on what’s going on in Easton, etc. The new site has a lot more to offer.
Went through some technical growing pains to get this new website up but it looks like things are on the way. Thank you for your patience and support.
I have been blogging before the word existed now we’re blogging more with a new site, new software that’s mobile friendly, easy to use with a lot of possibilities. Please keep following and posting as I keep tweaking and fine tuning. The look and feel will be changing many times, just so you know…
Have something to say in 3 minutes, maybe talk about growing up in Easton, an interest or activity you’re involved with, your business, etc?
Just call 508-205-9010 and will include your message in podcasts and on here.