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Published the First Friday of each month by the SilverStringers of Melrose, MA -- August 3, 2001

SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVING IS EASY -- just ask Ashley, age 10, and Matthew, 4, or even Rosanna, the aging Boxer. After a full day on the beach down to Hull, building castles in the sand, digging their way to the center of the earth, and of course swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, the children settled down for a picture. One has to admit, summer in New England is the berries.
Photo by Stringer Ella Letterie

Hobbies, hobbies, hobbies ... Everybody's got 'em, at least one, probably many -- from collecting stamps to jumping out of airplanes, you name it, we Americans are hobby-crazy. So we asked our own guinea pigs -- the SilverStringers who operate this MIT Media Lab electronic newspaper -- what are their choices for hobbies. The results vary from a sedate gardener who loves roses to one guy whose need for speed still haunts him at age 70. So read on, see what works, and what doesn't.

And please, don't overlook the six feature articles posted after the Hobby section. In the wake of the McVeigh execution, the Stringers explore how they feel about the death penalty.

Should the death penalty be eliminated?
by Jackie Wattenberg
 ... Stringers speak out -- some pro, some con

Leaving home, 1949
by Len Dalton
 ... First time away from home with travel,  change and adventure!

Working with Mother Nature
by Frances Bertulli
... family working together with Mother Nature.

The Canadian Rockies -- an awesome experience!
by James Tierney
 ... Melrose couple put this trip at top of the list

Long odds
by Irving Smolens
 ... The magic of the internet 

Travelogue: Northwest corner, 3491 feet high ...
by Don Norris
 ... anchoring the not-flat Commonwealth of Massachusetts


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