Suzanne Strempek Shea

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Spear of the Realm | First Light

The rough wooden farmhouse table in the black-and-white photograph holds a pyramid of asparagus. It also holds a softly smiling toddler just a little bit taller than the bunch of stalks in his hands. That’s Dan Smiarowski, who today at age 56 uses the photo to answer the frequent question of how long has he […]

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Best Bookstores in New England

There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book, or picking one out at one of the best bookstores in New England. Susanne Strempek Shea, one of the Pioneer Valley’s best-loved writers, chose these beloved shops as the best bookstores in New England. She is the author of five novels and three memoirs, including Shelf […]

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Karen Allen: Actress to Clothing Designer

After nearly three decades in show business, a successful actress moves to a bucolic New England village where she creates and sells her own line of clothing. The role is one Karen Allen might be tempted to play — if she weren’t already living it. Best known for starring in the film classics National Lampoon’s […]