Washed Away

Beneath the water lie memories of vibrant villages.| Originally published in The Magazine, September 11, 2014.

Sally Norcross stands outside what was once her childhood home, in the heart of Dana, Massachusetts. She and her family left town 76 years ago, but she has clear memories of throwing crabapples into the yard of her grouchy neighbor Mr. Vaughn. Across Main Street is where she used to sit in school and watch out the window as the men dug up all the graves in the cemetery.

The bodies and headstones were relocated and the town of Dana abandoned. Her family’s house is an empty stone cellar overgrown with brush, like the remains of all the other buildings that made up the town. Dana is one of four towns that once lay in the Swift River Valley. All four of them are gone. Dana is unique in that its town common is the only one of the four that’s still above water and accessible.

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Blue Line 6: Cold Snap

Mix of mostly instrumental, electronic, ambient music and other sounds. Constructed for use over headphones during public transit, but available for the setting of your choice. Bundle up, kiddos.

  1. Two Stones, Hauschka

  2. As A Bird Or A Branch, Colin Stetson

  3. Being Her Shadow, Grouper

  4. Fyrsta, Olafur Arnalds

  5. Anderer, Roedelius Schneider

  6. Reminder, Hidden Orchestra

  7. Blue Calx, Alarm Will Sound Performs Aphex Twin

  8. Cello Concerto iin E. Minor, Op. 85 - I. Adagio, moderato, Edward Elgar

  9. Beekeepers vs Warfare Chemicals, Brian McBride

  10. Es War Einmal (Two Stones), Hauschka