Christiantown, Massachusetts

I knew an educated lady who pronounced the name of this state “Massatoosets”. This is the Westport River at night, a phone picture, ISO 8000. Massatwosetts.
On the Vineyard, Masa2sets. They spell cemetery differently?

“Indian praying towns were no novelty in the Bay Colony, the first one having been established at Natick in 1651, with at least six more in 1670 and fourteen listed by Daniel Gookin in 1674. But these were set aside by the General Court rather than a “bar­barous” Indian. In fact, Josias’ conveyance may well be the only instance whereby a non-conforming sachem made provision for his “Gospelized” subjects. There is some indication, derived from the fact that Pamick, Nonoussa, Tahquanum and Poxsin had agreed on February 23, 1659, to pay him a yearly bounty of 20 shillings, and also from Josias’ subsequent real estate operations that the Sachem was something of an opportunist. In other words, the idea of a praying town may have struck him as a sound business proposition. If so, he was doomed to disappointment for the 20 shillings was not forthcoming.”—
ELEANOR RANSOM MAYHEW THE CHRISTIANTOWN STORY 1659 — 1959

I heard of a photo-book called “No in America” which featured photos of signs saying NO. Great idea. Subject matter abounds.

Tilly and Eva

two dogs

Excerpt from BURNT NORTON
(No. 1 of ‘Four Quartets’)
by T.S. Eliot
At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.
And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.