Friday, April 24, 2015

American Dreams: the Ivy League: Princeton

An American Dream, Found and Lost

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft

These gothic buildings have been peopled by men (until not so long ago, only men) who went on to careers in business, medicine, science. But you'll see below that some got their education and then lost their lives in service of their country.

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Love the small-pane windows!

Another set of arches leading to the quad. Frisbee anyone?

Princeton reeks of history. Here, the class of 1905 commemorates one of its members, who died while serving as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Service in 1918. They named a dorm after him.

Another fabulous historic house, across the street from the campus.

And a little bonus: magnolias in Colonial Park, Somerset County.

Happy spring, everybody! How about you? What's your American Dream? Something you aspire to?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Princeton is Kinda Cute in Spring

American Dreams: An Ivy League Education

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft

Princeton looks good in spring--an probably fall, and every other time.

A gate that leads onto a quad.

Details of another gate.

I'm a sucker for the crenelation at the top of this gate.

An exceptional historic house across the street from the gates above. Possibly faculty housing.

Another gate leading into a central quad. Very romantic. Didn't the Great Gatsby go to Princeton? I think F. Scott Fitzgerald did, for a little while at least.

Not too far from Princeton is a Somerset County park on Mettlars Lane.

Close-up of a tulip magnolia in all its spring-time splendor. Say, RT this blog, or +1 it? Thanks!

Friday, April 10, 2015

American Dreams: Princeton, NJ

American Dreams: An Ivy League Education

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft

Who hasn't dreamt of being a Princeton grad, with the world your oyster? On a spring visit to Princeton, NJ, I wandered the campus, the closest I'll get to an Ivy League education. No regrets, I've taught myself a lot, and life has taught me other things some kids in Princeton will never have the opportunity to know.

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Can't you just hear the professors' minds whirring behind these windows? I'm a sucker for anything gothic and crenellated at top.

A tiger on a plinth. The school colors are a ghastly orange and black, like a tiger's stripes.

Here's another view, with gothic, small-paned windows in the background.

Don't know what it's called, but it's kind of magnifico, is it not?

Friday, April 3, 2015

American Dreams in Mystic, CT

American dreams of a boat

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft

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You could fulfill your dreams for a boat by buying it used at Mystic Marine Consignment (see last week's post, too). 

Here's a sleek hull. 

Here's life preservers for you and the crew.

All the gear you could ever need, used and inexpensive.

All kinds of block and tackle for hoisting a sail.

And in the bow, this cannon to get other boats out of your way! 

How about you, thinking of buying a boat? Already enjoying one? Comment below! If you like this blog, recommend it to your friends!