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Sabbath Day

June 24, 2011

Slept in a bit.  It was an overcast, eventually rainy day. August and I visited Playland in the morning and stayed for lunch. We rode the small Dragon Rollercoaster with him for the first time and then ducked into the Hall of Mirrors when it rained.

I then spent the rest of the day with Beverly Swerling’s historical novel City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhatten.  The novel opens in 1661, a year after the worshipping community in Setauket had been formed and the year Milton published Paradise Lost. I couldn’t put it down. I made it as far as the year 1737 before I went to bed (the book will take me to 1798).

By 1737 the Presbyterian Church in White Plains was already organized and had built it’s first sanctuary, though “the county of West Chester” appears in the book as an almost barren and frightening wilderness. (One prominent character in the book visits West Chester to sell guns to the Mohawk, the first stirrings in the novel of the French and Indian War).


A thoroughly enjoyable read about the “land that I love” and a relaxing day.

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