My dad and I traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2011 because his sister died unexpectedly. I lived in Portland, Oregon, and he lived in NW Indiana, an hour from Chicago. We visited Seneca Falls, New York, on the way back from Massachusetts.

Sign in downtown Seneca Falls, New York

Sequel to Suffragists & Seneca Falls

My most recent post was an account of the trip my dad and I took to Seneca Falls, NY, where we visited Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s house and the Women’s History Museum. I listed a few books I saw in the shop, but here is a much longer list. …


My dad and I traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2011 because his sister died unexpectedly. I lived in Portland, Oregon, and he lived in NW Indiana, an hour from Chicago. The following was during the return trip from Massachusetts to Indiana.

My dad and I checked out of our hotel in Cambridge and drove to a small town called Seneca Falls.

Seneca Falls, NY

Dad and I drove for a long time down a long country road that reminded me of Indiana and Illinois. Flat country with scattered farms. …


New to me.

The front facade. It’s crooked because in this picture it’s lying on a hand cart.

7/15/21

This is so exciting: I bought a used dollhouse! This is perfect because my least favorite part is building the dollhouse — in this case, it’s already built. The facade needs some repairs and such, but I felt like starting on interior decorating. Today I painted primer inside.

I didn’t think to ask the seller about the dollhouse’s past — I’m so excited about its future. It looks like a child may have painted the interior, because the paint missed a few spots.

The dollhouse is Victorian style with a tower and mansard roof. I need…


My dad and I traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2011 because his sister died unexpectedly. I lived in Portland, Oregon, and he lived in NW Indiana, an hour from Chicago.

A gate at Harvard University

Massachusetts, Part 17

This is a selection of the limericks Aunt Barbara wrote and that I found in her Cambridge condo after she passed away.

Limericks and doggerel

Keeping me mellow

Through thick and thin

I write about jibes

And wandering tribes…

Not to your taste? I’ve a Bedouin.

ANOTHER CATASTROPHE

Master pro, master pal, what a guy!

With your coaching the limit’s the sky.

You make learning fun.

You’re…


My dad and I traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2011 because his sister died unexpectedly. I lived in Portland, Oregon, and he lived in NW Indiana, an hour from Chicago.

A dome at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Massachusetts, Part 16

My dad and I took a lovely walk in Cambridge and saw numerous houses with historical placards.


My dad and I traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2011 because his sister died unexpectedly. I lived in Portland, Oregon, and he lived in NW Indiana, an hour from Chicago.

Henry Wordsworth Longfellow’s house

Massachusetts, Part 15

According to her will, Aunt Barbara wants to be buried in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, here in Cambridge. It “only” dates back to 1830, and many famous people are buried there, including Oliver Wendell Holmes. We’re thinking of visiting it. I’m more interested in the aesthetics of tombstones; my dad is more interested in whether the dead people are famous.


My dad and I traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2011 because his sister died unexpectedly. I lived in Portland, Oregon, and he lived in NW Indiana, an hour from Chicago.

Massachusetts, Part 13

After some confusion, my dad and I found our way to downtown Salem and parked in a parking garage. Exiting the garage by foot, we found ourselves inside a mall, oddly, and took advantage of this situation by having lunch at a Thai restaurant. It may not fit the themes of Nathaniel Hawthorne or witchcraft hysteria, but the food was yummy and inexpensive, and I liked the…


My dad and I traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2011 because his sister died unexpectedly. I lived in Portland, Oregon, and he lived in NW Indiana, an hour from Chicago.

A view of the House of the Seven Gables

Massachusetts, Part 14

I had no trouble talking my dad into a day trip to Salem, Massachusetts. We went to the House of the Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthplace, the Salem Witch Museum, and some shops. I would have liked to stay longer: by the time we stood in front of the Peabody Essex Museum, it wasn’t long before closing time.

If Nathaniel Hawthorne visited modern-day Salem, he’d write a…


My dad and I traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2011 because his sister died unexpectedly. I lived in Portland, Oregon, and he lived in NW Indiana, an hour from Chicago.

A building on the campus of Harvard University. So many chimneys!

Massachusetts, Part 12

Harvard University sprouts out many museums. We visited two more of them today: the Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Anthropology.


My dad and I traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2011 because his sister died unexpectedly. I lived in Portland, Oregon, and he lived in NW Indiana, an hour from Chicago.

Victorian houses in Boston

Massachusetts, Part 11

Today my dad and I took a bus tour of Boston and Cambridge (especially Boston). The tour guides/bus drivers were all quite amusing and informative. Here are my notes from the tour:

1636 = founding of Harvard. Harvard’s premier program is in economics. It’s the biggest, and Nobel Prize winners are from it. [So is my Aunt Barbara.]

S. E. Wigget

I mostly write fiction, especially paranormal and historical fantasy, under either S. E. Wigget or Susan E. Wigget. I live with cats.

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