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The best-ever fish chowder, a hand-lettered recipe circa 1950 from the UMass archival New England Chowder Compendium.

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The greatest satisfaction you can obtain from life is your pleasure in producing, in your own individual way, something of value to your fellowmen. That is creative living!

When we consider that each of us has only one life to live, isn’t it rather tragic to find men and women, with brains capable of comprehending the stars and the planets, talking about the weather; men and women, with hands capable of creating works of art, using those hands only for routine tasks; men and women, capable of independent thought, using their minds as a bowling-alley for popular ideas; men and women, capable of greatness, wallowing in mediocrity; men and women, capable of self-expression, slowly dying a mental death while they babble the confused monotone of the mob?

How to Avoid Work – lovely 1949 guide to doing what you love (via explore-blog)
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Amazing mechanical device designed in 1890 mimics the sound of birdsong. 

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