It had been a while since I had been to a concert at all. After Prince died, I resolved to attend more live shows. I will never regret seeing Prince in concert on the spur of the moment. There is nothing like a live performance.
I had to save and budget for this little trip. This week money will be very tight, because of course unexpected things always come up at the worst time. But I am so glad that I went.
A friend invited me to attend with a couple of her friends and I did not hesitate agreeing to go. We decided to stay overnight at a nearby hotel, Hilton Garden Inn Preston Casino Area, so we wouldn’t have to worry about driving back to Massachusetts the same night and just enjoy ourselves.
The Hilton Garden Inn is a nice hotel and in great location. On my drive down, I passed Mystic Pizza 2. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to go in and try their famous pizza. Ever since I saw the movie, one of my all-time favorites, I’ve always wanted to try it and visit the Mystic area.
Also, since I wrote my Craving Boston article about modern Native American food, I wanted to try the food at the Pequot Museum in Mashantucket, which is just minutes away from the hotel. So I already have a return trip in mind.
Back to Maxwell. Before the show, we had a quick dinner at Fuddruckers, because we were running late. The show was a real treat for all of us. I forgot just how much I love Maxwell’s music. He and his band were incredible. And Maxwell is sexy as hell! Go and see him if you can.
You can tell that Maxwell was truly grateful when he thanked us for supporting him for 20 years. He kept mentioning how old he is at 43 and how much he has learned along the way. He knows and respects his audience and we all felt it.
He spoke about the racial tension in this country after the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the police officers in Dallas. The show was a momentary escape, but all that is going on right now was still not far from our minds. Before he sang Lifetime, Maxwell let us know that all our lives matter and yes, Black Lives Matter too.
By the way, I’m listening to his music as I write. If you have Amazon Prime, it appears that all his albums are available in the music library for free.
After the show, we stayed nearby in the casino area, had drinks, listened to music and danced. None of us are gamblers, but we still had a blast.
The next morning we had brunch at the hotel. It was good, reasonably priced and I’d recommend staying there and eating there too. Then we left.
It was a quick trip and I combined some additional freelance writing work with it as well. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I stopped in Tiverton, Rhode Island on the way back home. Tiverton is quintessential quaint New England. Such a beautiful area!
Milk & Honey is the cutest little store that I found. It has all sorts of local food products. I enjoyed the lemon Yacht Club soda. Delicious! Did you know that their brand is Rhode Island’s Official Soda? It is! I’m also looking forward to trying the Summertime Garden Honey that I bought. It’s from Sakonnet Seaside Bees at Hollygate Farm also in Tiverton. I could not find a website to link to for them unfortunately.
Anyway, while I was there I took many more pictures and did an interview for my next Craving Boston article. Stay tuned!
This week has been mostly uneventful. But that’s actually a good thing. I picked up some more freelance writing work that I’m very excited about. Yay!
Even though it’s been mostly from home to work and back again, I do enjoy the time that I get to spend outdoors in this wonderful spring weather.
Especially when I get to see the moon rising as I walk to and from the train.
I finally saw the renovated Government Center T station. It does look nice, but there is a surprising amount of construction still going on around it.
This pair of orange bikes caught my eye. For a long time I’ve considered orange to be my protective color.
The moonrise is brighter each night as we approach Saturday’s full moon. Such a beautiful natural light in the sky behind the lights in the buildings.
Ten years ago today I started blogging! Yay!
As I’ve mentioned many times before, blogging changed my life and really opened it up. Because of blogging, I’ve met so many people that I would have probably never encountered otherwise.
Blogging especially moved me in big way towards my major goal of writing more. I was already writing freelance when I started, but feel more solid in it now. I’ve had so many writing opportunities. And look forward to even more!
Back to the blog. In keeping with my blogging anniversary tradition, I pick a word for the year. The words below are the ones I picked over the past seven years.
- 9 Years – True
- 8 Years – Field
- 7 Years – Embrace
- 6 Years – Acceptance
- 5 Years – Perspective
- 4 Years – Prosper
- 3 Years – Collaboration
Over this past year, it’s become increasingly clear to me that the only way to get what I want and need is to ask for it. Simple. Yet, sometimes quite hard.
Sometimes the ask seems impossible. How could this possibly work? But I’ve found that often just putting the request out there in the universe, may tilt things toward my favor.
When you really want something, the world conspires to make a dream come true.
When I muster up the courage to ask, I often receive what I want. Sometimes the answer is a resounding Yes! Of course! Not a problem! Why didn’t you ask sooner?
So this year, the word is ASK. I am going to practice it well, but also keep in mind that sometimes others cannot ask. If I see a need and can help, then I will give without the ask.
By the way, if you’re looking for a freelance writer, just let me know and maybe we can work together. I would love to hear from you!