Tales from a District Traveler

Mary Himes writes about good causes, good people and good food

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Music that changes lives

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One of my favorite events all year is the Backcountry Jazz benefit concert. Held  at Bright Brook Farm in Greenwich in June, this concert is always  magical. This year was no exception. We sat inside a barn, the doors wide open to allow a soft breeze, and listened to jazz that was alive, heartfelt and […] [Read More]
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Art from the Heart

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Imagine being unable to pay funeral expenses for your 6 year old daughter who died from cancer or for a puppy that your 6 year old son with a fatal pontine glioma tumor, who just lost his legs, desperately wants. I worry when my daughter has a few bad nights of sleep. I cannot in […] [Read More]
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Go Where Your Passion Is

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It’s hard to like “Supermoms”, don’t you think? They multi-task well, have lovely families, and their houses aren’t strewn with toys, shoes, dog hair, and stacks of papers and books like mine. So when I met Lesley King, the classically tall, blonde Old Greenwich resident, who quickly offered me some totally delicious Rwandan tea (would […] [Read More]
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Holiday Giving

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I’m so glad it’s cold. No, I don’t particularly like the cold, but seeing ice developing on the water and frost decorating the edges of the leaves feels to me like Christmas. There are so many wonderful things to do at this time of year: sing alongs, concerts, tree lightings, holiday gift giving. So much […] [Read More]
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Rhapsody at the Marriott

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I have been waiting for classical music to find its audience in our modern world and often wonder when and if the Facebook, Moveon.org, iphone culture of today will affect the experience of going to a classical concert. How can the more cerebral experience of a classical concert compete with 3D movies? When we are […] [Read More]
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For the love of dogs

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I grew up with Labrador Retrievers- two black and one yellow. I loved them all. Some kids have blankies, I had dogs. Over the years, I’ve tossed around the idea of getting a dog, but whenever I carefully analyzed my life I just couldn’t see how I could maintain a sane life with a dog. […] [Read More]
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Old Greenwich eatery works to fight poverty in Appalachia

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My first posting is about amazing woman, Amy Guerrieri, who was inspired one night watching a tv show about the dire poverty in Martin County, Kentucky. That night she was shocked to learn that many of the children in this part of Appalachia only get a meal from the subsidized meal program if and when […] [Read More]
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