Friday, July 25, 2014

Nutmeg Poisoning

-If you live in the southern half of Connecticut, you might not have strong feelings about Route 44. But the road that runs from Salisbury to Putnam has as many stories as the Post Road, and the Hartford Courant's Dan Haar is walking the length of the road to tell them in a special series.

-My mom nagged me to read this Maureen Dowd review of Price of Fame: the Honorable Clare Booth Luce by Sylvia Jukes Morris. My knowledge of Luce pretty much began and ended with The Women, so it was news to me that Connecticut voted her into the House of Representatives in the 1940s. (The Fourth District, naturally.)

-File under: Connecticut shows up where you seriously are not expecting it. Catherine (Caty) Greene, wife of Nathanael Greene, happened to meet Eli Whitney in Georgia, where she helped him develop the cotton gin. (Also, anyone want to go to the Cumberland Island National Seashore with me?)

-A few more Instagram accounts I've been loving recently (to add to the ones mentioned here): @CTLove1, @DTNL_VISIONS, @connecticutgram, @lovehartford, @humansofhartford, @mariamk39, and @IG_Connecticut. (And as always, if you'd like to follow me, I'm @johnnakaplan.)

-Regular readers of this blog will probably have noticed that I have a weakness for the history of Jewish farming colonies in rural Connecticut. That's why I track down little synagogues in Coumbia, Ellington, Hebron, and Lisbon, and think about Jews and chickens when I'm in towns like Colchester.

If that sort of thing appeals to you, you might like what I wrote about the erstwhile Jewish community in Montville in the Jewish Daily Forward.

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