Blogs by Hilary Hopkins

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At The Circus

October 30, 2014 / At The Circus

Every year my younger daughter and I go to The Circus.  The big one, I mean, the one of my childhood and hers and her sister’s, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey.  I’ve gone to other circuses, and they are fun or intriguing, but this, as far as I am concerned, is The Circus.… Read More

All Change

September 25, 2014 / All Change

So, about twenty thousand years ago, Cape Cod, where I am sitting in Cottage #5 right now, was covered by ice.  A mile or so thick, it flowed and ground along imperceptibly, grabbing anything at all loose and hauling it at least for short distances.  Anything that had been growing and living… Read More

The World As Flea Market

September 09, 2014 / The World As Flea Market

When down here on Cape Cod for our September vacation, we usually go to the local flea market.  When I was a kid my parents always visited whatever the local junk store was, wherever we were on our driving trips.  That’s what they called them, junk stores.  They would wander around… Read More

Solace on the Trail

August 21, 2014 / Solace on the Trail

Some months ago the family decided to spend a couple of days all together at a hundred-year old family resort upcountry in New Hampshire—my husband and I, our daughter Alyson, and Alyson’s sister Susannah and her husband and three boys.  After our Alyson died, the rest of us felt we… Read More

August 12, 2014 / I Saw My Mother

I saw my Mother.  I was waiting in a line, an interminable line, to board the plane from Amsterdam to Boston, and I saw my Mother.  She was sitting at a table in a small café near the line, and she was eating something, I think.  Tears came to me and rolled down my cheeks. … Read More

July 31, 2014 / Alyson Marie Hopkins, beyond fear and pain

Alyson Marie Hopkins July 9, 1965 - July 28, 2014 It is with the greatest sadness I tell you that Hilary & John's precious and loving daughter, Alyson Marie Hopkins, passed away Monday, July 28th at the age of 49. She had a radiant soul, always cheerful, in spite of her many challenges. … Read More

July 4: Old Ironsides Turns Around

July 09, 2014 / July 4: Old Ironsides Turns Around

In 1830, the poet Oliver Wendell Holmes, distressed by plans to scrap the noble warship U. S. S. Constitution, wrote the following poem of outcry.  Published immediately in a Boston newspaper, then in papers in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, his angry words stirred the public to outrage,… Read More

Summer Solstice in Boston

June 27, 2014 / Summer Solstice in Boston

The Summer Solstice!  Longest day of the year!  I went downtown to see what people were getting up to on the Boston Common, to celebrate.   See all the images I made:   Boston Common, you know, never… Read More

A Memorial Day Walk at Plum Island

June 16, 2014 / A Memorial Day Walk at Plum Island

A few weeks ago, on a chilly, cloudy Sunday, eager to get outside nonetheless on the holiday weekend, we drove to Plum Island, about an hour away.   It’s one of my favorite places.  There’s a long row of dunes, and the Atlantic on one side of them of course, with a huge furl of… Read More

Street Dancers

June 04, 2014 / Street Dancers

This story is a bookend with Closer To Home #20 - Street Pianos.   So every year Boston hosts Celebrity Series, which offers up a marvelously-varied array of performances.   A few months ago my husband and I, subscribers to the series, saw a sort of boutique circus from Australia, followed… Read More