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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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This past week, I spent several days visiting Asheville, North Carolina. It's a great city for walking and I stayed in an apartment which wasn't too far from the downtown. I found myself taking long walks on most days, either... Continue reading
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Last evening. my wife Cindy and I went with friends to see a highly entertaining musical performance at the re-modeled Norwood Theater in Norwood, Massachusetts. The show was called The British Invasion Years and used a clever premise to transcend... Continue reading
The Vietnam War documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on PBS offers 18 hours about one of the most traumatic periods in my lifetime. The program begins in 1945, as World War II was ending and the cold war... Continue reading
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This past weekend, my wife Cindy and I returned to the Cape Cod to celebrate our 28th anniversary. Our Cape history goes back to the early years of our marriage and it's always been a special place for us. Richard... Continue reading
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My first experience seeing jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding was at the Newport Jazz Festival in 2011, after she had won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. This year, she was booked as part of the jazz trio... Continue reading
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This year's excursion to the Newport Jazz Festival started with rain, but the skies eventually cleared and the great music of the day prevailed. The ride in was faster than usual, likely owing to the clouds overhead and a mixed... Continue reading
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The year before I went to college, a friend came back from his university with a new discovery -- a new group called the Allman Brothers Band. My friends and I loved the music, but it was beyond the capabilities... Continue reading
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