Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 - A Book To Read And Place To Visit

One of my gifts for Christmas was Senator Kennedy's "True Compass." And one of my new years resolutions is getting back to reading more.

Jim and I enjoyed waking up this morning to find Boston featured in the New York Times in the travel section, and a reference to Senator Kennedy, who is now rooted in Boston and Massachusetts history forever.

Make a plan to try to visit Boston this year. It's a top city to visit for it's history and importance to our nation, it's culinary excellence, it's culture, it's beauty all seasons (although I'd advise planning a late summer or fall trip), it's shopping, and all it's charm. Here is an excerpt from the Times....

"If you’ve been reading Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s memoir, “True Compass,” the perfect book for a trip to Boston, you’ll recall that Honey Fitz led his grandson, an enthralled young Teddy, on history walks around Boston. When they reached the Old North Church, Honey Fitz, the most sociable of men, would hang out in front with the rector, catching up on the neighborhood politics, sending Teddy off to buy cannoli.

You might want to take a moment here to consider the senator’s monumental impact on Boston. That sparkling harbor you just crossed? You can thank Kennedy and former Representative Joe Moakley, who got the federal money to clean it up. And the Big Dig? With Tip O’Neill, the former speaker of the House, leading the way, Kennedy nailed the key vote for the Congressional override after President Ronald Reagan vetoed the federal financing."

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