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Wanna Get Away?

Today I smiled.  Not only because WSRS began to play Christmas music on their radio station (thanks, WSRS–it is MUCH needed!) but because a witty, truthful article appeared in The Boston Globe–thanks, Globe.

For anyone who hasn’t seen the article, and even for those who have seen it, I want to share it with you here:

Seven reasons to move to Massachusetts instead of Canada

Americans crashed Canada’s Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship website Tuesday night as Donald Trump rode a populist wave to victory.

But those looking for an escape from Trump’s policies may not need to head across the border — Massachusetts offers plenty of attractive options that our neighbor to the north lacks.

Here are a few that come to mind:

1. If Obamacare is repealed, Massachusetts will still have universal health care. It’s been state law since 2006 and is what the Affordable Care Act was modeled on. It’s very popular, and it’s not going anywhere.

2. Ditto for marriage equality. Massachusetts’ highest court legalized same-sex marriage in 2004. So even if a conservative Supreme Court overturned itself on the issue, it would still be legal here.
3. We just legalized recreational marijuana on Tuesday. Toke on that, Trudeau.
4. Apparently, Massachusetts and Hawaii are the only states in the country in which every county voted for Hillary Clinton.

5. Aside from our very popular (and very moderate) governor, all statewide offices are held by Democrats, who also control both the state House and Senate.

6. If you REALLY need some poutine, Montreal is only a 6-hour drive from Boston.

7. Best of all, there is no convoluted immigration process with high hurdles to clear. Just aim toward New England and stop when every other store is a Dunkin’ Donuts.


If I can no longer say I’m proud to live in America, at least I can still say I’m proud to live in one of its states.

Now I’d like to add my ten reasons to move to Massachusetts instead of Canada (because the Globe left some very good reasons out):

  1.  Massachusetts is home to The New England Patriots.  Need I say more?  Okay, I will.  It’s also home to the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins.  All champions.
  2. Cumberland Farms.  Sorry, Dunks, but you can’t beat coffee, made the way I want it, for a buck.
  3. Massachusetts has every kind of terrain you can imagine:  mountains, lakes, forests, beaches, farmland
  4. Massachusetts is where America began.  It is rich in history.  It is so rich in history one can live here all their life and never experience it all.
  5. Despite what many may think, we do have great weather.  It may be strange at times (you know, it will be pouring rain and the sun is shining; you could get six inches of snow on Memorial Day and it will be 80 degrees the next day.  That kind of shit).  We have four seasons.  Not like Florida where it’s just humid all the time.  And our foliage is one of the best around.  And when we get a snowstorm–man!  We GET a snowstorm!
  6. Speaking of snow, although there are great skiing areas in Massachusetts, we are only a few hours drive away to even better skiing in New Hampshire and Vermont.
  7. Brimfield Flea Market.  Unlike any flea market you will ever experience.
  8. The Big E.  Toronto’s CNE has NOTHING on this fair which is the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard and the seventh-largest fair in the nation.  There are so many food vendors, you can literally eat your way through this fair.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Plus it’s a great excuse to head to western Mass.
  9. Finally no more toll booths to contend with on the Pike.  Now if only everyone would learn how to drive…
  10. We still have Blue Laws.  This allows retail employees to actually be able to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families instead of having to work a Black Friday sale when it isn’t even Friday yet.
  11. I know I said ten, but I just thought of one more:  The Basketball Hall Of Fame.  The game was created here, in Springfield.  Thanks, Dr. Naismith.

And yet, there is still so much more.  I will save those reasons for another post…



I'm a writer. I'm also a wife and a parent who works too much and lives too little. In addition to writing I also love to read, listen to music, travel, cook, I enjoy looking for bargains at flea markets or thrift stores, Christmas, football and of course writing! How did I come up with the title of my blog? Two things: 1. I live in New England (duh) and 2. Canadian singer Alan Frew once arrogantly told me to "get a New England life"--again--DUH! I already HAVE one!

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