Mystic and New London Connecticut – Seafaring a Cut Above

Stop and visit the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center in Olde Mistick Village, a quaint shopping center with off the wall boutiques. Get some wonderful advice. Besides the famous aquarium which has both indoor and outdoor exhibits and the hands on exploration of Mystic Seaport, which offers costumed docents and craftsmen describing 19th century life in a shipbuilding seaport, take a drive across the river and explore the homes on the waterfront. Not only are you afforded views of crowded Mystic Seaport with hundreds of children roaming the ships, buildings, and other exhibits, you also have the narrow waterfront streets to yourself. Drive at a walking pace, admiring the homes of the citizens. Each house has a plaque naming the original owner, occupation, and date of construction. There were carpenters, captains, sail makers, doctors, clergymen, merchants, tavern keepers, mechanics, etc. This is a real treat, not only being far from the madding crowds, but also seeing the 19th century actual houses where these men and their families lived. From the exterior construction, size, architecture and surrounding landscaping, these were prosperous men.

Leaving the quiet waterfront, visit the rest of the town, passing by Mystic Pizza, where the 1988 movie was filmed. The rest of the town climbs into the surrounding hills, offering views of the Mystic River and the Long Island Sound. On the way out of town on Rte. 1 find a small cemetery dating from the War of 1812.

Stop at Stonington, CT; another surprise. Once again the streets are very narrow with the homes of people in the seafaring business. One notable home is of Captain Edmund Fanning who was the first one to fly the United States of America flag around the world in 1798-9 aboard the Betsy.

A little known event which occurred here is a fierce battle against the British. Holding off the landing parties from three British ships the local citizens of Stonington and Mystic held off the invasion. A lighthouse at the point still stands from the days of the battle. The cemetery you passed is the home to these brave men from Mystic. The men from Stonington are interred in a likewise historic cemetery in their town.

Across the Pawcatuck River, the dividing line between Connecticut and Rhode Island, you venture into Westerly, RI. See the carousal at Watch Hill Point. This merry-go-round was built in 1870. Each horse is hand carved out of a single piece of wood. Their tails and manes are real horse hair. The horses swing out when the carousal rotates giving the illusing of flying. The carousal still is in operation.

Next visit New London. New London is also the boyhood home of Eugene O’Neill, Monte Cristo Cottage. Overlooking the harbor, O’Neill, the only playwright to win the Nobel Prize, used this setting for two of his plays, Long Day’s Journey into Night and Ah, Wilderness. Signage in Connecticut is wonderful, until you get into the towns. The founding fathers assume that you know what street you are on. They are very good about giving the names of the cross streets, but are remiss on the main streets. You might have a difficult time finding Pequot Street, where O’Neill’s home was at. Use a map.

Trumbull’s House, War Office. In the heart of Lebanon, CT, find the home of Jonathan Trumbull, the only colonial governor who sided with the revolutionaries. London was situated midway between Boston and New York. His home was the meeting place of more than 1,200 strategy meetings. Perhaps the most important one was with Washington and Comte de Rochambeau before the battle of Yorktown.

His neighbor happened to be Dr William Beaumont, the “Father of Physiology”. He observed and documented the digestive process in human beings through a wound to the stomach of a patient, which did not heal properly.

The Shocking Truth About the Law of Attraction and Why It Isn’t Magical or Mystical

While in high school, I came across a book titled “Think and Grow Rich,” this being the first book that showed me the power of using your mind in order to draw what you want to you. Fast forward about a decade, in the year 2006, the movie, “The Secret,” revealed to the great majority of the world the existence of this universal law. This subject catapulted many heated debates and forum discussions all over the Internet. People seem to be polarized to the subject. It’s either that you agree with it and believe it wholeheartedly; or you write it off as voodoo, new age, mystical nonsense. As you analyze each and every word of this document you will shortly feel a sense of calmness as you begin to learn that the law of attraction isn’t mystical at all. In fact, it’s very practical and based on common sense.

Your Perception

To put it simply, whatever you focus your mind on will appear into your reality. Studies found that your subconscious mind takes everything you hear, see, feel, touch, and taste. Our conscious minds would be driven to madness if we focused on everything at once. So in order to protect our minds from going insane, our conscious minds filter in what we focus on and filter out the rest.

Let me illustrate this further with this well-known example. Ever gone car shopping? If so, you’ve probably noticed the car that you’re shopping for start to appear everywhere. Let’s say you’re in the market for current model BMW. I’d be willing to bet that you would start seeing current model BMWs more often. This isn’t because more people started buying BMWs and suddenly start to drive them. It’s always there, but your mind just filtered them out. You just went looking for them before, so you didn’t see them.


Many law of attraction practitioners fail to incorporate action into the process of getting what they want. Many naysayers find merit in saying that it doesn’t work. If you believe that you can sit on the couch and visualize your way into lots of money, a nice car, and a nice house; you will find disappointment. Many experts acknowledge the fact that you need to take action in order to receive what you want. Here’s the catch… The action you take has to be “inspired” or “intuitive.” When you correctly focus on what you want you will feel your intuition pushing you to do certain things. You may not know why these particular things will get you closer to your goal; you will just feel that it’s the right thing to do. This is your subconscious mind or “Infinite Intelligence” telling you what to do. And as long as you listen to it and trust it fully, it will never steer you wrong.

On the other hand; taking uninspired action, without the benefit of intuition guiding you, could lead to a feeling of swimming upstream. You may get to where you want to go eventually, but the journey will probably be filled with hardship and uncertainty.


You also need to know exactly what you want in order for it to work. You can’t just wish for more money in order to attract more money into your life. You must be clear and detailed about your goal or desire. If you want more money it’s better to attract what you intend to do with the money, or what the money can buy you. Also, just stating the amount of money you wish to acquire works better than just saying, “I want more money.”


Belief is also a fundamental part of the process. You can’t just “try” the law of attraction in order to “see how it goes.” That’s why you can never make someone else believe that the law of attraction works, if they already written it off. The fact that nonbelievers can find it true that “this stuff” doesn’t work at all, translates to just more proof that it actually does work. Their belief that it’s all based on false information makes it true in their reality. The only reality that you can change is yours.

Once again, the law of attraction isn’t based on mystical, new age, ideas. It’s just based on how the human mind evolved to work. Your perception becomes the driving force on what you see and manifest into your life. By nature, human beings evolved as goal oriented creatures. Our minds have been built upon this premise. We evolved this way to climb to the top of the food chain. Think of the law of attraction’s methods and teachings as ways to add laser precision to what our minds already evolved to excel at.

Shopping at Home and Away

Fashion and shopping like ying and yang embrace each other as equal opposites that so eloquently complement each other. And, like fashion and shopping, the art and mix of clicks and mortar defines an equally interesting blend of new shopping skills. So, while you crave the latest cute dress, a luxury item from your local boutique or perhaps an exquisite jewelry piece from a far-away place, well, guess what? You have the ability to shop both home and away; how did we get to be this lucky?

Park Cities Fashionistas now have a new boutique to add to their Snider Plaza shopping journey. Melanie Gayle is the latest chic-shop to graciously open its oh-so-very-stylish doors in this local neighborhood. Melanie Ramon, owner and fashionable Dallasite opened Melanie Gayle last month with a fabulous selection of labels and hot new dress lines such as Voom – an innovative designer creating a new genre of style “Twisted Vintage”, Despi – inspired by the ethnic mix of Brazil, Africa and Europe, and Tricia Fix a collection of red-carpet style dresses coveted by celebrity fans such as Jessica Simpson, Eva Longoria and Jamie-Lynn Siegler. Additional labels include Lewis Cho, Meghan, Super Lucky Cat, and accessories and jewelry from Tom Ford Sunglasses, Chrome Angel Candles, and local jewelry designer Amanda Sterett.

At Paper and Chocolate the sweetest of sentiments can be found at this enchanting boutique on Lovers Lane, the latest addition at Inwood Village. Vicki Petersen, owner of Paper and Chocolate inspires us to appreciate the art of celebration by indulging in personalized stationary, award-winning truffles and turning the ordinary into something extraordinary. The experts at Paper and Chocolate will help you create a one-of-a-kind presentation for every event, from weddings to baby showers, birthday parties to anniversaries. And, help you translate your style into personalized stationary, gifts, picture albums, party favors and programs for special events. “I want my clients to enjoy the act of giving,” says Petersen. “From a lovely shopping experience in the boutique, to being proud of their final presentation, my hope is that every moment is celebrated.” So, if you have that special event or that special someone that requires that something special, make sure you visit Paper and Chocolate and indulge.

Tasteful, exquisite, edgy and unique is how you can describe Nomad Eye, an online boutique that carries a selection of hand picked designers showcasing a collection of timeless, artistic, yet sophisticated styles. Nomad Eye launched in 2006 by people who like to go from place to place gathering unique pieces from talented artists. The designers selected are chosen based on their style, passion and personal experience for their art-craft rather than following trends. Ester Ventura a South American native, born in Argentina who resides in Peru, characterizes her jewelry style from the deep mystical vision of the Pre-Columbian world. Ann Dannon creates contemporary jewelry with a classical twist using a mix of silver, gold and semi-precious stones. Knitwear designer Giuliana Testino, sibling to the famous photographer Mario, creates an exquisite wearable collection that forms itself as a second skin. Each garment has its own identity and unrepeatable essence. If you are looking for fresh, talented artistic designers that offer unique, timeless pieces then visit these collections at Nomad Eye. Precious finds are available at this edgy online boutique!