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Moxie, The Path to the Good Life

President Calvin Coolidge celebrated his inauguration with a cold Moxie. Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams was a spokesman for it. Deer Isle author E. B. White wrote,  “Moxie contains gentian root, which is the path to the good life.” New England has always embraced the oddly medicinal ...

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The Great New England Earthquake of 1663

The Great New England Earthquake of 1663 collapsed walls and frightened colonists from Quebec City to New York, but Puritan ministers and Jesuit priests saw a silver lining: People flocked to church in the immediate aftermath. No one had much ...

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The Flying Santa of Coastal New England

The New England Flying Santa tradition was born in the teeth of a fierce winter storm when lighthouse beacons along Penobscot Bay guided a frightened pilot home to safety. That frightened pilot was a Friendship, Maine, native named William Wincapaw. He ...

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