Mr. Emerson’s Relationships – Blog

Sample blog post 90 Mile Walking Trip – R. Waldo Emerson

Waldo Emerson planned a walking trip to North Hampton, MA, to visit several of his Ripley step-relatives along the way. He was twenty. A pocket journal dated August 1823 records this journey.

Leaving his mother’s home in Roxbury on Friday, he walked 60 miles. On Saturday he stayed at an inn in Leicester. There he met a traveler going by stage (coach) to Stafford Springs, CT, known for its healing spring waters. The two travelers briefly discussed a building across the street. Waldo discovered it was a school for girls, closed until they could hire a woman teacher. He noted in his journal that if this notion about women teachers reached the city, he and his brother, William, would be out of work.[1]

On Monday, Waldo arrived in Belchertown, MA. The landlord, Mr. Rice, also owned the hat store, blacksmith shop and two stage lines. Waldo recorded that people in this area do not walk much. Rather, they ride in conveyances. He was offered many rides. Tuesday through Thursday he spent at Amherst, 90 miles from home. He found it interesting that Amherst College, then worth $85,000 dollars, was built by donations.

On Saturday and Sunday he visited with his Ripley relations. In North Hampton he toured a lead mine. Teaching young ladies in Boston must have seemed preferable to living and working in that dark tunnel. On Sunday Waldo attended three church services with Reverend Lincoln Ripley, his step-great uncle.

Monday, Waldo crossed the Connecticut River and stayed at the New Salem Inn. Tuesday, he walked to Princeton to catch a stage back to Waltham, MA. At this last stop, he stayed at the home of Reverend Samuel Ripley. This step-uncle had always been generous to Waldo.

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Author – Scanning for Kids of All Ages


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Seven projects are included that help you apply what you learn about histograms, adjusting brightness and contrast, repairing old or faded photos, removing redeye, setting threshold, scanning and printing line art versus photos or slides, saving for the web, and more.

About the Author
Donna Ford is a writer and artist who knows design. Her love of communications shows in her exuberance for every project. She has created artistic graphics and award-winning documents for industry leaders in several fields…everything from paper sculpture to industrial training materials. As a teacher and instructor, her own goal is to help others achieve theirs. Donna understands the anxieties associated with technology because she has overcome them. She has worked with the design issues presented in this book…real hands-on experience; this book is partly the result of her community college workshops on scanning. With her talent for simplifying, she has rendered complex information into usable knowledge that anyone can understand.

The author has nine grandchildren, whose photos appear throughout the Scanning book. Photos in the Concord Sage book were taken by a granddaughter. Donna Ford makes her home in New England.

Information Design Certificate

Certificate in Information Design from Bentley College, Waltham, MA, 2000. Courses included: Human Factors; Global design; Web design; Multimedia design. Cap Stone course was a work/study design of the original Spanish site for

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