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Imitation the sincerest form of flattery?

11 Nov

Hey, New York Times, maybe you should hire me to write for you since I came up with “Townhouse Turnaround” five years ago — to mean the same thing!

Photo of Townhouse Turnaround article in NYTimes Nov 10 2013

Hey, where are my royalties?

PS — to anyone thinking that $10 – $40 million is kind of steep for a house, please note that you can purchase quite lovely Victorian homes in various stages of historic renovation for $100,000 – $300,000 in lovely Springfield, Massachusetts. 2 hour drive to Brooklyn, 2.5 hour drive to Manhattan, 1.5 hour drive to Boston, 45 minutes to the Berkshires. And lots of great people right here in good old Springfield.

Nice article about the Festival Home Tours in today’s newspaper

2 Sep

Here’s the article, You may recognize that dining room 🙂

Of course they spelled my name wrong. Always happens.


Mattoon Street Arts Festival

28 Aug

The 40th Mattoon Street Arts Festival will be held Saturday & Sunday September 8th & 9th (the weekend after Labor Day). To celebrate the 40th festival and the 40th anniversary of the Mattoon-Quadrangle Historic District, we’re having lots of special events. There will be home tours on Saturday, garden tours on Sunday (my home and garden are on both of those), a coloring contest, a commemorative poster for sale, and over 100 exhibitors. Check out the website: for more info, and buy tickets in advance at

Here’s a flyer you can download and share. It’s going to be a fun and packed festival!

Mattoon Festival Flyer 2012

Police take notice

30 Jul

Here’s one of our neighborhood feral cats keeping the state data storage center safe from robbers.

Downtown Springfield through Hollywood’s eyes in early 1970’s

14 Jun

The movie “The Reincarnation of Peter Proud” was filmed in and around Springfield in the early 1970’s. This was no “Citizen Kane”, but it’s cool to see your city up on the big screen. Someone did a mashup of the scenes of Downtown Springfield and posted it on YouTube — I found this on Tommy Devine’s Valleyist blog:

Springfield in Peter Proud