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James Rafferty
Southeast Massachusetts
I'm a marketing professional in telecommunications and like to travel. I also write fiction and play music.
Interests: music, travel, personal technology, writing, globalization, outdoor activities
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Hi Carol. I'm glad you enjoyed the review. Hope you like some of the other content as well.
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Hi Renae. Thanks for checking in. I loved the book and wanted to share those thoughts with others, particularly people who like to delve into creativity in its many forms as these two artists did.
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Last October, I browsed books in Malaprops, one of my favorite bookstores in Asheville, North Carolina and started to read Patti Smith's memoir of her early days living in New York City -- Just Kids. The words were riveting and... Continue reading
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The summons came in the late Fall around 2007. You're invited to breakfast. My wife Cindy and I had been asked to breakfast by our neighbor, Paddy Wazan. Paddy and her husband Hank lived in a unique house across the... Continue reading
Like many Americans, I viewed the election results last Tuesday night as they emerged and came to the realization that Donald Trump had a real shot at winning the election. All of the expert pontification about the narrow road to... Continue reading
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I came back to Asheville, North Carolina for a one week visit after several years away. In the time since my last visit in 2012, the city has continued to evolve. My son is active in the River Arts District,... Continue reading
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Last weekend, I drove down to Newport on a cloudy day. The traffic was unusually light and I arrived at Fort Adams State Park without much delay. Soon, I'd secured a spot by the main stage of the Newport Jazz... Continue reading
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This week my wife and I returned to an area we had enjoyed in the past -- Squam Lake in Holderness, New Hampshire. Squam Lake is part of the state's Lakes Region, but not nearly as well known as Lake... Continue reading
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Every time I've gone to the Newport Jazz Festival, I've made some new discoveries. Earlier in the day, I got the last seat on a shuttle bus from the parking lot. As I smiled and took my seat, a friendly... Continue reading
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One of the aspects of the Newport Jazz Festival which really works well is the multiple stage concept. True, it often seems like two groups you've just got to see are playing at the same time, but you can always... Continue reading
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It's a challenge to keep up with new developments and artists in the jazz world. The Newport Jazz Festival offers the best local remedy for people in the northeast US. This past Saturday was a near cloudless day and the... Continue reading
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When I was a child, my family would often cross the Connecticut River and visit the Douvilles in Bloomfield. My parents, Kay and Jim, would visit with Peg and Larry Douville and my brother Bruce and I would head over... Continue reading
Thanks, Jill.
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My mother Kathleen Rafferty passed away a few days ago. Here are some words that I shared with friends and family at the service we held to remember and celebrate her life. We gather here today to celebrate the legacy... Continue reading
I just finished reading the novel Friday's at Enrico's by Don Carpenter, with editing by noted contemporary novelist Jonathan Lethem. This is the first book I've read by Carpenter, who wrote novels from 1965 up until his death in 1995.... Continue reading
I just finished That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo. It's a book which intersects with my own experiences in a few ways. I first started thumbing through this book a few years on a stormy Columbus Day weekend in... Continue reading
Our church has a great book swap a few times a year. Last year, my wife picked up the best-seller Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. She read it over several months, then passed it on when she finished, saying... Continue reading
Two years ago, I shared an excerpt of my unpublished first novel, Growing Up Single, with a literary agent at the Muse and the Marketplace writer's conference in Boston sponsored by Grub Street. We needed to specify a genre, so... Continue reading
Hi, Pat. My vacations in New Hampshire give me a chance to really focus on outdoor time for a week. Once we get back home, it's more challenging, but worth the effort.
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Summer is a time to relax, a time to nurture experiences which will help to sustain you when the season changes and the demands of work and life seem to accelerate. What follows is a short meditation on kayaking which... Continue reading
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On June 22, 2013, family and friends gathered for the funeral and burial of my dad, Jim Rafferty. Here is a slightly revised version of the words I read at his service. Most people probably don’t know this, but I’m... Continue reading
Hi Pat. Your comment brings back a lot of memories. I didn't realize you were so close in age to Carol -- I was also close to her, even though we were ten years apart in age. Of course I remember Aunt Kit and Uncle Elmer and the visits to the homestead in Thomaston. I have a mental image of helping Grandpa LeHane (Lawrence) pick up the leaves on a fall day on Jerome Avenue -- came back very clearly for me last fall when my son Devin and I were doing the same at our house in Massachusetts. I've been exchanging Facebook notes over the past year about her experiences with her dad, Barney, and my own with my dad, Jim. It's been a long road with a rich family heritage. Thanks for sharing your comments.
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Bruce, we spent a lot of times with the relatives in those early years. Good that you were able to stop by later than that. Ed was a good man - one of a kind in his own way.
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Hi Bob. Greetings. I think we all have fond memories of Ed's energy and joie de vivre. The family fabric is strong and worth investing in. I hope the extended family can gather again soon and celebrate both the living and our heritage.
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When we are young, we are influenced by the adults in our life. They become our role models in certain respects and we learn from them. I was fortunate to have a richly diverse set of aunts and uncles on... Continue reading