The new train route is magical, especially in the snow. In the past I would take the train to Springfield and I loved that too, but this is way better. It is a great feeling to step onto the platform at Northampton and be able to do a bit of shopping and stretch my legs as I head up to visit my brother.
I didn’t get to see everyone I would’ve liked to in Massachusetts- but I caught up with the family, tasted Scott and Kate’s homemade cider varieties, and visited Davenport’s Sugar House on its opening day. No sap running yet, but the light and newborn calves were very cheering.
Train rides are great for reflection, reading and writing- did you know Amtrak offered fellowships last year? I took full advantage and read both Phenomenal by Leigh Ann Henion and The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Both are good, in the genre of stunt non-fiction, where the author does something for a year in hopes of improving themselves. Rubin’s section on her marriage reads quite a bit like Gone Girl- I enjoyed reading a few passages out loud to my husband. But, her aphorisms, quotes and suggestions have been popping up in my mind and she convinced me that being happy (and blogging more) are worthwhile goals.