The Iceman Cometh

“No JOKE,” read a February 1806 Boston newspaper.  “A vessel has cleared at the Custom House for Martinique with a cargo of ice.  We hope this will not prove a slippery speculation.” In today’s age, we don’t give much thought to ice and how...

Three Dog Night

Oh Baby, it’s cold outside! We hope this epistle finds you cozy and warm. Chances are, unless you are reading this outdoors, that is the case, because we have warm homes. That is the result of our species millenia-long preoccupation with regulating our body heat. Not...

Watch on the Rhine

There are weeks where we set out to entertain and hopefully amuse with some of the tales from our past. On others, we hope to make you thoughtful. Today will be the latter. While the month of December can be filled with holiday happenings and fond memories which bring...

Kiss & Tell

The Holidays are firmly upon us and the elves here at the HBHPS decided that this week’s missive should be fitting to the season. Lots of images are related to this time of year, candles, poinsettias, colorful lights, to name a few. And mistletoe! While some of you...

History Books

The weather is brisk and it’s a terrific day for a walk! (checking weather report to make sure it’s not pouring rain on Thursday. Okay, maybe a little rain.) One of the reasons this blog – fancy, modern word there – was started, was because of our desire...