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The 4 Fairy Corners of Massachusetts

Sometimes, we do things that even surprise ourselves.  We take what we think is a good idea and execute it, only to find out that it is indeed, a fabulous idea and realize, it is definitely worth sharing.  That, my friends, is what this blog post is all about.

So my partner and I have two anniversaries around our marriage.  When we signed the formal papers and when we had a ceremony.  We know other couples who have done this for various reasons and it's just how it worked out with us.  Somehow, we have decided that I plan something special around one anniversary and she plans the other.  This past May, I executed my surprise weekend and it went pretty well even with several last minute adjustments.  Actually, we had an amazing time.  So, if you're looking for something to do for a weekend in Massachusetts, pay close attention.

It all started in late February or March when I came across an article:  Fascinating Places In Massachusetts That Are Straight Out Of A Fairytale.  I flipped through the article and found that there were some very cool places in Massachusetts.  I had been to a few of them but all of them seemed pretty cool.  Out of curiosity, I plotted them on good ole Google Maps to figure out exactly how it most effectively hit them all.  Once I did that, I saw that it literally took you to every corner of Massachusetts and well into the ocean for that matter.  Instantly, I knew that I was onto something.
Fairy Tale Massachusetts Itinerary Day 1
Itinerary Day 1

Once I figured out this would make for a great road trip, I just had to figure out the logistics such as how many to hit in one day, where to plan for a place to stay over, and how to make sure it was a good mixture of riding and exploring.  I got everything worked out and even developed an itinerary.  Feel free to peruse, borrow, and adapt for your own adventures.  If you do try this, come back and let me know.  I'd be curious what you did or augmented.
Fairy Tale Massachusetts Itinerary Day 2
Itinerary Day 2

We ran into a few snags that I didn't quite prepare for, but we were ok with.  For instance, the Santarella Gingerbread House and the Ashintully Gardens are not generally open to the public and one needs to make an appointment or visit during their limited hours.  We got to look from afar but not explore these.  Also, on the final day, it was raining so we skipped the Garden in the Woods.  We also adapted on the fly, deciding to visit my partner's grandmother and take her out to ice cream as we made our way from BishBash Falls to Sandwich.  And since it was raining on the final morning, we decided to go to breakfast with my partner's family since it was on the way home.
Fairy Tale Massachusetts Itinerary Day 3
Itinerary Day 3

Those adaptations aside, this trip was a lot of fun and though it was something I did as an anniversary with my partner, it really is a great trip for anyone to take.  Most of the places are free or cheap and are just fascinating places to explore.  I've included some of the photos from our trip in the slide-show below.  


Visiting Fairy Places in Massachusetts




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Librivox Part 7: Random and Curious Free Audiobooks

This post will feature some of the more curious finds on Librivox that I've come across in this entire series.  Some of these are quite random while others are just finds that I rather like or find useful to look at.  So has anyone been following this entire series?  What post did you enjoy the most or find most useful?  Let me know down below in the comments section.  If you have enjoyed or plan to enjoy any of Librivox, I highly encourage you to DONATE.  Like Wikipedia, it is a site largely run by volunteers and is a nonprofit.  We all substantially benefit from both which is why I regularly donate to both.  Please consider donating!  If this is the first one you're turning into in this series, check out my previous posts in this series.   Previous posts in this series include:

Book cover - Ragged Dick Image Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/83/Ragged_Dick_Cover_by_Coates_1895.JPG
Ragged Dick - Horatio ALGER, JR. (1832 - 1899)
http://librivox.org/ragged-dick-by-horatio-alger-jr/

Nibelungenlied - ANONYMOUS ( - )
http://librivox.org/the-nibelungenlied-by-anonymous/

Culture and Anarchy - Matthew ARNOLD (1822 - 1888)
http://librivox.org/culture-and-anarchy-by-matthew-arnold/

The Autobiography of Methuselah - John Kendrick BANGS (1862 - 1922)
http://librivox.org/the-autobiography-of-methuselah-by-john-kendrick-bangs/

The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova Vol. 1 - Giacomo CASANOVA (1725 - 1798)
http://librivox.org/memoirs-of-jacques-casanova-vol-1-by-giacomo-casanova/

The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova Vol. 2 - Giacomo CASANOVA (1725 - 1798)
http://librivox.org/memoirs-of-jacques-casanova-vol-2-by-giacomo-casanova/

Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume One - Havelock ELLIS (1859 - 1939)
http://librivox.org/studies-in-the-psychology-of-sex-volume-one-by-havelock-ellis/

Herland - Charlotte Perkins GILMAN (1860 - 1935)
http://librivox.org/herland-by-charlotte-perkins-gilman/

Havelock Ellis
Early Sex Pioneer
Erotica Romana - Johann Wolfgang von GOETHE (1749 - 1832)
http://librivox.org/erotica-romana-by-johann-wolfgang-von-goethe/

Anatomy of the Human Body, Part 1 (Gray's Anatomy) - Henry GRAY (1827 - 1861)
http://librivox.org/anatomy-of-the-human-body-part-1-by-henry-gray/

Anatomy of the Human Body, Part 2 (Gray's Anatomy) - Henry GRAY (1827 - 1861)
http://librivox.org/anatomy-of-the-human-body-part-2-by-henry-gray/

Anatomy of the Human Body, Part 3 (Gray's Anatomy) - Henry GRAY (1827 - 1861)
http://librivox.org/anatomy-of-the-human-body-part-3-by-henry-gray/

Anatomy of the Human Body, Part 4 (Gray's Anatomy) - Henry GRAY (1827 - 1861)
http://librivox.org/anatomy-of-the-human-body-part-4-by-henry-gray/

Anatomy of the Human Body, Part 5 (Gray's Anatomy) - Henry GRAY (1827 - 1861)
http://librivox.org/anatomy-of-the-human-body-part-5-by-henry-gray/

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. - Washington IRVING (1783 - 1859)
http://librivox.org/the-sketch-book-of-geoffrey-crayon-gent-by-washington-irving/

The Sex Life of the Gods - Michael KNERR ( - -1999)
http://librivox.org/sex-life-of-the-gods-by-michael-knerr/

The Female Quixote Vol. 1 - Charlotte LENNOX (1730 - 1804) and Jean Eugène ROBERT-HOUDIN (1805 - 1871)
http://librivox.org/the-female-quixote-volume-1-by-charlotte-lennox/
Book cover: Female Don Quixote Image source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f9/Charlotte_Lennox_The_Female_Quixote_Cooks_Edition.jpg

Cheese Curd for Bait - James MCINTYRE (1828 - 1906)
http://librivox.org/cheese-curd-for-bait-by-james-mcintyre/

The Elements of Geology - William Harmon NORTON (1856 - 1944)
http://librivox.org/the-elements-of-geology-by-william-harmon-norton/

Armageddon- 2419 A.D. - Philip Francis NOWLAN (1888 - 1940)
http://librivox.org/armageddon-2419-a-d-by-philip-francis-nowlan/

Venus in Furs - Leopold von SACHER-MASOCH (1836 - 1895)
http://librivox.org/venus-in-furs-by-leopold-von-sacher-masoch/

The Art of Controversy (or: The Art of Being Right) - Arthur SCHOPENHAUER (1788 - 1860)
http://librivox.org/the-art-of-controversy-or-the-art-of-being-right-by-arthur-schopenhauer/

American Cookery - Amelia SIMMONS (1700 - 1800)
http://librivox.org/american-cookery-by-amelia-simmons/

Sex - Henry STANTON (1805 - 1887)
http://librivox.org/sex/

The Bee-Man of Orn and Other Fanciful Tales - Frank R. STOCKTON (1834 - 1902)
http://librivox.org/the-bee-man-of-orn-and-other-fanciful-tales-by-frank-r-stockton/



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Librivox Part 6: Free Fantasy MP3 Audiobooks Galore

This is the second to last post in this series.  Originally, I was going to go with six parts, but I figured I would dedicate an entire post to the strange artifacts to be discovered on Librivox--so that will be the final post.  In the meantime, here's the second part of free fantasy audiobooks.  Previous posts in this series include:
Just a note about the links and categories.  Not all links will open up a new tab.  If you want to open a new table with a link, either press the "Control" button when clicking or right click and select the "Open in New Tab" option.  As for categories, I've tried best to put authors on the pages that I think they fit with regard to genre but many of these authors cross the genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy (sometimes within the same story), so they are not as clear.  So your favorite horror author might end up in fantasy, but they should be found throughout.

Robert Howard
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  1. Howard, Robert E.. "Bear Creek Collection Volume 1" · (readers)
  2. Howard, Robert E.. "Bear Creek Collection Volume 2" · (readers)
  3. Howard, Robert E.. "Beyond the Black River" · (readers)
  4. Howard, Robert E.. "Devil in Iron, The" · (readers)
  5. Howard, Robert E.. "Hour of the Dragon, The" · (readers)
  6. Howard, Robert E.. "Jewels of Gwahlur" · (readers)
  7. Howard, Robert E.. "People of the Black Circle, The"· (readers)
  8. Howard, Robert E.. "Queen of the Black Coast - Conan" · (readers)
  9. Howard, Robert E.. "Red Nails" · (readers)
  10. Howard, Robert E.. "Red Shadows" · (readers)
  11. Howard, Robert E.. "Shadows in the Moonlight - Conan" · (readers)
  12. Howard, Robert E.. "Shadows in Zamboula - Conan"· (readers)
  13. Howard, Robert E.. "Witch Shall Be Born, A" · (readers)
  14. Howard, Robert E.. "Gods of the North" (in "Ghost Story Collection 006") · (readers)
  15. Howard, Robert E.. "Gods of the North" (in "Short Ghost and Horror Collection 016") · (readers)
  16. Howard, Robert E.. "Rattle of Bones" (in "Horror Story Collection 002") · (readers)
  17. Howard, Robert E.. "Rattle of bones" (in "Ghost Story Collection 006") · (readers)
  18. Howard, Robert E.. "Skulls in the Stars" (in "Ghost Story Collection 006") · (readers)
  19. Howard, Robert E.. "Skulls in the Stars, The" (in "Horror Story Collection 003") · (readers)
George MacDonald
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  1. MacDonald, George. "At the Back of the North Wind" · (readers)
  2. MacDonald, George. "Baby" · (readers)
  3. Macdonald, George. "Baby, The" (in "Short Poetry Collection 053") · (readers)
  4. MacDonald, George. "Cruel Painter, The" · (readers)
  5. MacDonald, George. "David Elginbrod" · (readers)
  6. MacDonald, George. "Day Boy and the Night Girl, The" · (readers)
  7. MacDonald, George. "Diary of an Old Soul" · (readers)
  8. [Multilingual] MacDonald, George. "English - Christmas 1873" (in "Christmas Short Works Collection 2008") · (readers)
  9. MacDonald, George. "Golden Key, The" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 001") · (readers)
  10. MacDonald, George. "Gray Wolf, The" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 003") · (readers)
  11. MacDonald, George. "Hope of the Gospel, The" · (readers)
  12. MacDonald, George. "Letter to American Boys" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 008") · (readers)
  13. MacDonald, George. "Light Princess and Other Fairy Tales, The" · (readers)
  14. MacDonald, George. "Light Princess, The" · (readers)
  15. MacDonald, George. "Lilith" · (readers)
  16. MacDonald, George. "Little Diamond and the North Wind" (in "Through Fairy Halls of My Bookhouse") · (readers)
  17. MacDonald, George. "Little White Lily" (in "Poems Every Child Should Know") · (readers)
  18. MacDonald, George. "Lost Princess, The" · (readers)
  19. MacDonald, George. "Mary Marston" · (readers)
  20. MacDonald, George. "Miracles of Our Lord, The" · (readers)
  21. MacDonald, George. "Mother Nature (MacDonald)" · (readers)
  22. Macdonald, George. "Phantastes" · (readers)
  23. MacDonald, George. "Princess and Curdie, The" · (readers)
  24. Macdonald, George. "Princess and the Goblin, The" · (readers)
  25. MacDonald, George. "Princess and the Goblin, The (version 2)" · (readers)
  26. MacDonald, George. "Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood" · (readers)
  27. MacDonald, George. "Robert Falconer" · (readers)
  28. MacDonald, George. "Shadows, The" · (readers)
  29. MacDonald, George. "St. George and St. Michael, Volume 1" · (readers)
  30. MacDonald, George. "That Holy Thing" (in "Short Poetry Collection 088") · (readers)
  31. MacDonald, George. "Unspoken Sermons" · (readers)
  32. MacDonald, George. "Wind and the Moon, The" (in "Poems Every Child Should Know") · (readers)
  33. MacDonald, George. "Wise Woman, The" · (readers)
C.L. Moore
William Morris
  1. Morris, William. "Defence of Guenevere, The" (in "Arthurian Miscellany, An") · (readers)
  2. Morris, William. "Echoes of Love’s House" · (readers)
  3. Morris, William. "From the Upland to the Sea" (in "Short Poetry Collection 113") · (readers)
  4. Morris, William. "Hall and the Wood, The" (in "Short Poetry Collection 113") · (readers)
  5. Morris, William. "House of the Wolfings, The" · (readers)
  6. Morris, William. "Inscription for an Old Bed" · (readers)
  7. Morris, William. "Love is enough" · (readers)
  8. Morris, William. "Love Is Enough" (in "Wedding Poems") · (readers)
  9. Morris, William. "Near Avalon" (in "Short Poetry Collection 047") · (readers)
  10. Morris, William. "News From Nowhere" · (readers)
  11. Morris, William. "Signs of Change" · (readers)
  12. Morris, William. "Völsungasaga" · (readers)
  13. Morris, William. "Well at the World's End, The, Book 1: The Road unto Love" · (readers)
  14. Morris, William. "Wood Beyond the World, The" · (readers)
  15. Morrison, William. "Dead Man's Planet" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 044") · (readers)
  16. Morrison, William. "Divinity" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 021") · (readers)
Edith Nesbit
  1. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "All Round the Year" · (readers)
  2. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Baby Seed Song" (in "In the Nursery of My Bookhouse") · (readers)
  3. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare" · (readers)
  4. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Book of Dragons, The" · (readers)
  5. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Children's Shakespeare, The" · (readers)
  6. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Conscience Pudding, The" (in "Christmas Short Works Collection 2007") · (readers)
  7. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Enchanted Castle, The" · (readers)
  8. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Five Children and It" · (readers)
  9. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Five Children and It, Version 2" · (readers)
  10. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Five Senses, The" (in "LibriVox 5th Anniversary Collection Vol. 2") · (readers)
  11. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "For Dolly, who does not Learn her Lessons" · (readers)
  12. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Harding's Luck" · (readers)
  13. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "House of Arden, The" · (readers)
  14. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Literary Sense, The" · (readers)
  15. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Macbeth" (in "Children's Short Works, Vol. 016")· (readers)
  16. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Magic City, The" · (readers)
  17. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Magic World, The" · (readers)
  18. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Many Voices (selection from)" · (readers)
  19. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Measure for Measure" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 019") · (readers)
  20. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "My School Days" · (readers)
  21. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "New Treasure Seekers" · (readers)
  22. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Nine Unlikely Tales" · (readers)
  23. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Phoenix and the Carpet, The" · (readers)
  24. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Pussy and Doggy Tales" · (readers)
  25. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Railway Children, The" · (readers)
  26. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Royal Children of English History" · (readers)
  27. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Story of the Treasure Seekers, The" · (readers)
  28. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Through the Wood" · (readers)
  29. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Too Clever by Half" (in "Coffee Break Collection 008 - Animals") · (readers)
  30. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Wings and the Child" · (readers)
  31. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Wonderful Garden, The" · (readers)
  32. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Wouldbegoods, Being the Further Adventures of the Treasure Seekers, The" · (readers)
  33. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Ebony Frame, The" (in "Ghost Story Collection 002") · (readers)
  34. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Man-size in Marble" (in "Ghost Story Collection 001") · (readers)
  35. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Mystery of the Semi-detached, The" (in "Ghost Story Collection 004") · (readers)
  36. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Uncle Abraham's Romance" (in "Short Ghost and Horror Collection 018") · (readers)
  37. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Uncle Abraham’s Romance" (in "Ghost Story Collection 001") · (readers)
Charles Perrault
  1. [French] Perrault, Charles. "À mademoiselle" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  2. Perrault, Charles. "Blue Beard" (in "Junior Classics (vol 1), The") · (readers)
  3. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Cendrillon ou la petite pantoufle de verre" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités")· (readers)
  4. Perrault, Charles. "Cinderella" (in "Up One Pair of Stairs of My Bookhouse") · (readers)
  5. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Contes en vers" · (readers)
  6. Perrault, Charles. "Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault, The" · (readers)
  7. [Multilingual] Perrault, Charles. "German - Der gestiefelte Kater" (in "Multilingual Fairy Tale Collection 001") · (readers)
  8. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités" · (readers)
  9. [French] Perrault, Charles. "L'adroite princesse, 1ère partie" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  10. [French] Perrault, Charles. "L'adroite princesse, 2ème partie" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  11. [French] Perrault, Charles. "La barbe bleue" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  12. [French] Perrault, Charles. "La belle au bois dormant" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  13. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Le chat botté ou le maître chat" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  14. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Le petit chaperon rouge" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  15. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Le petit poucet" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  16. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Les fées" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  17. Perrault, Charles. "Little Red Riding-Hood" (in "Junior Classics (vol 1), The") · (readers)
  18. Perrault, Charles. "Master Cat, or Puss in Boots, The" (in "Kayray's Storytime") · (readers)
  19. Perrault, Charles. "Puss in Boots" (in "Junior Classics (vol 1), The") · (readers)
  20. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Riquet à la houpe" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  21. Perrault, Charles. "Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, The" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 013") · (readers)
  22. Perrault, Charles. "Sleeping Beauty, The" (in "Junior Classics (vol 1), The") · (readers)
  23. Perrault, Charles. "Toads and Diamonds" (in "Up One Pair of Stairs of My Bookhouse") · (readers)
J.R.R. Tolkien
  1. Tolkien, J. R. R.. "Goblin Feet" (in "LibriVox's Most Wanted poetry collection") · (readers)
Anonymous
  1. Anonymous. "Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, The (Arabian Nights) — Volume 01" · (readers)
  2. Anonymous. "Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, The (Arabian Nights) , Volume 04" · (readers)
  3. Anonymous. "Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, The (Arabian Nights) — Volume 02" · (readers)
  4. Anonymous. "Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, The (Arabian Nights) — Volume 03" · (readers)
  5. Anonymous. "Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, The (Arabian Nights) — Volume 06" · (readers)
  6. Anonymous. "Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night, The, Volume 05" · (readers)



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