Category Archives: Talk of The Toile

Trends for 2018

Late December and early January are boring times in media outlets.  Newspapers (both print and digital) catalog the “best” stories of the previous year and list them by dominance, popularity, and virtue signaling “oomph.”  After draining this well of material, … Continue reading

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The Second Razing of Montpelier

On December 19, 2017, Scott Thistle of the Portland Press Herald reported the Knox Museum in Thomaston (also known as “Montpelier”) was on the verge of closing.  Thistle reported that a December 15, 2017 letter, written by chairman of the … Continue reading

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The Cat’s Pajamas

I was on vacation last week.  It was invisible to my blog readers because I didn’t make a fuss about it.  I went about life on my terms and at my own sporadic pace.  I did a lot of freelance … Continue reading

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Throw Wide the Door

In July, I visited The Ruggles House in Columbia Falls.  This Federal-style home, built in 1810, was the residence of Judge Thomas Ruggles.  It is most noted for its flying staircase and Roger G. Reed writes in his 2011 history … Continue reading

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Talk of the Tile

I visited the Androscoggin Historical Society last week, located in the County Building in Auburn.  I had so much fun I ended up becoming a member. I was tired when I left and found myself staring at the front entrance’s … Continue reading

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The Medallion

Did you ever Google “oriental rug?”  Take my advice, if you’re trying to discern styles and patterns of Oriental and Persian rugs, go to the library. I finally took down the Christmas tree on the screen porch.  I have a … Continue reading

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The Calming Balance

In a nation going collectively insane, building elaborations of the Neoclassical style are comforting.  There is a beautiful balance, a stylish symmetry, and a sense of purpose to them. This is the side door of the Davenport Memorial in Bath, … Continue reading

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Take Mom’s Advice

I’m still sick.  I drafted a blog post last night while I was waiting for my cold medicine to kick in, but it was ugly and snarky.  It was all about…Ballghazi. I tucked myself in next to the vaporizer and … Continue reading

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The Drapery Date

This morning’s post will be jotted quickly.  There’s a lot going on here at the house.  Yep, I’m digging around, looking for my Patriot’s pink hat, getting ready to jump on this year’s Super Bowl bandwagon.  My radio blares those … Continue reading

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A Message from the Burning Bush

According to weather experts, New England had a Nor’easter this week.  Some areas received as much as 5 inches of rain and the Mount Washington Observatory recorded winds of up to 84 miles per hour on Wednesday evening.  It’s been … Continue reading

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