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High Thinking and Low Living in Old Lyme

Florence Griswold suffered reversals of fortune that, in the end, transformed her beautiful old Georgian home into the Old Lyme Art Colony, the most famous collection of artists in its day.  In the process, she gave Old Lyme, Conn., a ...

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Edwin Arlington Robinson, Maine Poet

Something hopeful shines through the dark pessimism of a Christmas poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson, who salvaged friendship and fame from bitter failures in his childhood and youth. The poem is called Karma. It won a Pulitzer in 1925, one of ...

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How the Grinch Became a TV Star

When the much-loved television special How the Grinch Stole Christmas first aired on Dec. 18, 1966, optimists thought it might run for 10 years. Forty-nine years later, it's still being aired during the holiday season. The show was created with ...

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Take a Sleigh Ride with the Boston Pops

The much-loved Christmas song Sleigh Ride was written during an August heat wave for the Boston Pops Orchestra and didn’t even have lyrics until after it hit the pop charts. Sleigh Ride was the work of Leroy Anderson, a Cambridge, ...

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