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To: Maureen
Sent: Friday, October 23, 2015 

From: Barbara Malley
Subject: Re: Linden Ponds Naughty Nudies
October 23, 2015
Hi Maureen,

It’s a long shot, but I wondered if you had ever seen that 2011 Linden Ponds calendar at the homes of any of your friends.  I brought two of them to a big party of said friends and then foolishly lost track of them.  At least one of your guests was light-fingered, to put it politely.  All I have left of the Linden Ponds Naughty Nudies calendar is Winston Hall, modestly holding an over-sized poker hand over her nakedness.
Note to visitors:  You'll just have to picture Winston.  It's 10:30 p.m., time for me to give up. bbm 

October 24. 2015 Supplied by Google:     
"Hingham town historian Winston Hall wrote By the Wayside, featuring quirky historical vignettes. (Image courtesy of Hingham Historical Society; photo by Ray Wolfe)"
Note to visitors:  What image?  What photo?  Darn it all, you'll still just have to picture Winston.  

From Maureen
Hi Barbara,
I'm sorry but I haven't seen that calendar anywhere. I wonder if it could still be at the house on Border St?  I could look online and see if I could find one for you.
I hope you are enjoying Linden Ponds. I have suggested to my Aunt Edna that she consider moving there.
Only about a month to go before Kaitlin's latest edition arrives!
On Oct 23, 2015, at 6:23 PM, Barbara Malley wrote:
Only a month!  Welcome and loved, for sure. You’ll probably get used to them.  I’m picturing five teenage boys and feeling faint.

From  Louisa May Alcott’s Little Men :
     The house seemed swarming with boys, who were beguiling the rainy twilight with all sorts of amusements. There were boys everywhere, "up-stairs and down-stairs and in the lady's chamber," apparently, for various open doors showed pleasant groups of big boys, little boys, and middle-sized boys in all stages of evening relaxation, not to say effervescence. Two large rooms on the right were evidently schoolrooms, for desks, maps, blackboards, and books were scattered about. An open fire burned on the hearth, and several indolent lads lay on their backs before it, discussing a new cricket-ground, with such animation that their boots waved in the air. A tall youth was practicing on the flute in one corner, quite undisturbed by the racket all about him. Two or three others were jumping over the desks, pausing, now and then, to get their breath and laugh at the droll sketches of a little wag who was caricaturing the whole household on a blackboard.

December 13. 2015 

     Many people who live at Linden Ponds in Hingham know something of the town's rich history. It certainly helps that the town's historian Winston Hall also happens to live at the Erickson community.

History in the making

     This fall, the town of Hingham begins a yearlong celebration of its 375th anniversary, but Hall has been living in and learning about the town since shortly after its 300th anniversary. Hingham is a very interesting, educational town, she says. There are a lot of beautiful places to see;  it s one of the most beautiful towns in Massachusetts. Though Hall grew up in Charleston, S.C., her childhood there played a part in the role she would later assume in Hingham. As a young girl, Hall would watch her mother give historical tours of the city. Occasionally, Hall would give her own. But she never set out to become an historian. In fact, she earned her master's degree in store service education, was employed as a training director for a department store, and also worked as a substitute teacher. Yet Hall's knowledge and interests soon pushed her in a new direction.

Scenery changes, passion remains

     Hall has been a Hingham resident since 1938, when she moved there with her husband shortly after they were married. In Hingham, a friend's mother had served on the committee for the town s 300th anniversary celebration and encouraged Hall to get involved. As soon as she had put her children through college, she left her job as a substitute teacher and joined a ladies committee within the Hingham Historical Society. For 20 years, Hall led tours through the town's historical homes, jotting down notes and stories of landmarks she also knew along the route. Those vignettes were eventually made into a pamphlet titled By the Wayside, available at the Historical Society's gift shop.

Telling stories

     Hall's pamphlet includes the story of the so-called Jackass Park, a green space once encircled by two streetcar tracks along Main Street. One story of its name is that there were donkeys tied up in the space, but the other story is that somebody said, That's a jackass place for a park, Hall says with a smile. Since making the move to Linden Ponds in 2006, Hall has shared many of her stories with those who live there. Most recently, she recorded a TV special with Joan Mahoney, who also resides at the community. The show, set to air on the Linden Ponds in-house TV station this fall, features photographs of Hingham taken by Mahoney's son, who is a professional photographer. Hall maintains that much of Hingham's history is very well preserved, making it of continuous interest. She remains the go-to person, by e-mail or telephone, for Hingham residents and others looking for information about their family history or landmarks in the town. Despite her title and having helped edit the latest volumes of the town s official history books, Hall insists, "I don t know everything, but I have a pretty good idea where to find it."          

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