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Outside Blog Minion Report: New Haven In The Rain - Yale University

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If you are traveling to Massachusetts, New Haven is conveniently situated between Boston and New York. When I think about going to Boston I always think about stopping in New Haven to see my friends. I was blessed to enjoy a tweet-up with Dan Cummings, Sandra Cummings and Donna Bigda. Although it rained the entire day, we had a blast hanging out and I learned a considerable amount of new and fascinating information about my beloved blogging buddies (LOL).

We had the most marvelous dining experience at Modern Pizza which has a very interesting menu. They have created a few dishes that I have never seen or heard of, so of course I have to come back and try them. In case you have not been paying too much attention I am a foodie paradise sort of gal. I have no problem driving 85 miles for an excellent meal, especially if it means spending quality time with my friends and family members. One has to enjoy the little things in life while one can. :-)

Yale University inspired me to capture 77 photographs in the rain with my friends. They were a great sport about my predilection for eye candy and did not complain once about strolling around and playing in the rain. Photography takes patience and I thank them publicly for their affection and restraint (LOL). It was cold, wet and gray but they did it anyway, which makes me smile everytime I think about my visit there. Looking forward to filming New Haven in the sunshine. Horses may be involved on our next ActiveRain Road Trip. The idea od capturing a CT farm fascinates me...  

Here is a little visual teaser from our day together. Will be posting and sharing more photographs after the little minions help me sort through the rest of the pictures. These are Stephen's selections. The Minion Blur took his sweet time picking them out. It will be interesting to see what Noah picks out to share with you. I'm thinking the Yale collection deserves a slide show. A handful of pictures will not do my visit justice. I may have to write some new music to go along with the pending virtual presentation. I am a bit overdue for arranging some new cyber-noise. The kids are always gung-ho when it comes to making music. ;-)

I also went on a New Haven tour of homes with the Cummings but that joy ride deserves another blog post. We had a lot of fun and I'm still trying to make up my mind regarding what to chat about (LOL). So much to blog about, so little time... so much fun dropping a dime... Yup. It's true. I am having a Dr Seuss moment because we laughed an awful lot and some of the text messages were priceless. But I digress...

Yale.edu has an interesting overview of the area on their website that I'd like to quote from: "New Haven has been home to Yale University for nearly three centuries. As a center for business and a mecca for the arts, New Haven is recognized as a city of innovation, culture and prosperity. Approximately 20 square miles with nearly 130,000 residents, New Haven is conveniently located between Boston and New York. As Yale President Richard C. Levin, a thirty-year resident of New Haven, notes, New Haven is “large enough to be interesting, yet small enough to be friendly.”  You can read more about the community here. Since it is 2009 they may want to update that page to reflect over three decades (LOL). I'm just sayin... but what do I know, eh? ;-)

Wikipedia also has some very interesting observations to make: "Yale traces its beginnings to "An Act for Liberty to Erect a Collegiate School," passed by the General Court of the Colony of Connecticut on October 9, 1701 in an effort to create an institution to train ministers. Soon thereafter, a group of ten Congregationalist ministers led by James Pierpont, all of whom were alumni of Harvard (the only North American college during their youth), met in the study of Reverend Samuel Russell in Branford, Connecticut, to pool their books to form the school's first library. The group is now known as "The Founders." You can read the entire article here.

Seems one ought not to discount the library as the beginning, don't you think? Isn't Branford in New Haven County? That's why I'm leaning towards the "over three decades" observation. Technically, it moved to New Haven in 1718, so the website is correct from a narrow geographical standpoint. However, just seems to me if Apple started in a garage and everyone knows that, why not state where Yale started so everyone will know as well. I feel as if they are discounting the ministers for putting it all together. They deserve the credit. Yale would not exist if not for them. :-)

BTW, that last thought made quite an impression on me while I was wandering around. I felt as if I were on hallowed grounds and some of the students were on devine appointments to change the world one person at a time. I wondered what it felt like to enter those gates with thanksgiving because everyone does not get accepted at Yale University. I wondered how many people entered believing God had a hand in its creation through a handful of inspired men.

I will spread the rumor that for over three hundred years the beautiful grounds of New Haven County have been home to Yale University in one form or another. If you have never been, it is a must see for your bucket list. The blessings of the founding fathers are still on the institution. When you walk it in the gray of a dim and gloomy rain you can almost feel the ghosts of educators past, angels and demons influencing the atmosphere. There is nothing quite like it.

Several of our Presidents hailed from there so in that respect alone Yale has certainly changed the world through one person seated in a position of power. I look forward to imagining my children going to University one day and I wonder where their quirky Autism / PDD-NOS traits will take them... I wonder who they will influence and what they will leave behind. I wonder if they would ever consider striving to attend Yale...


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Comment balloon 13 commentsC Tann-Starr • June 06 2009 08:35AM


That is such a beautiful place!  Your photos really show it off nicely too.

Have a great Saturday!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 11 years ago

C - Oh to be a student again. Great shots of Yale. Brings back memories of a visit there years ago.

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 11 years ago

Oh...and it was cold and wet, it took me all night to warm up, but your eye candy was well worth it. : -)

Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) over 11 years ago

We have had plenty of dreary days lately... Personally I think the Old Campus looks best in the early morning light when the trees are not full of leaves.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Great photos C from the New Haven area. It is so different from many parts of the country and has that New England charm to it.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

Totally fascinating...and I felt as if I was there with you.  I learned a lot from this post - thank you!!!

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 11 years ago

Sorry I had to leave early and missed out on the tour through Yale.  Looks like you got some great pics in spite of the weather. Can't wait to see the rest. 

Posted by Julie Dumaine-Russell (RE/MAX Alliance) over 11 years ago

I think it's great you captured Yale in the rain. If it had been sunny and hot, the feeling, the vibes you picked up, probably would have been a lot different. Centuries-old buildings look best in shadows and rain, don't you think?

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Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 11 years ago

I agree with Elizabeth, the pictures would have been totally different had the weather been sunny and bright.  I feel smarter just from seeing them...it must have been a wonderful eye candy experience being there!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 11 years ago

Ann, Yale is gorgeous. It's a huge spread. I've a lot to see on my next visit. I want to cover the chapels. :-)

Claude, being a student is an interesting experience, especially if you are attending a school that has what you need and you enjoy your major. :-)

LOL @ Sandra. It took me a while as well. To think I was driving with the windows open in the rain (LMAO). I couldn't resist. It smelled fresh and felt good. :-)

Dan, I shall have to schedule a pre-Winter shoot to see that. I bet on a cloudy day with a nice cloud formation you can get some awesome shots. :-)

Gary, New Haven has so many interesting buildings to admire. I'm really going to enjoy invading CT with my Nikon (LOL).

Susan H, you are very welcome. I'm working on part two. :-)

Donna, I'm beginning to think the weather made the pics (LOL). I'm sorry you couldn't play all day but it was wonderful spending time with you. I shall be back with the wee people in tow. We like horses (LOL).

Elizabeth, yes indeed. They were having a series of anniversary parties while we were there. We passed by the 10th and 40th graduating class parties. Very interesting and lots of bustling about by the caterers. The rain kept most attendees inside, so I'm glad we arrived when we did. :-)

Sharon, it's was a real treat. I'm still researching the place for my next post. I'm trying to find a couple of interesting quotes to continue the conversation. Being there made quite an impression on me. :-)


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Carolyn, Yale is beautiful architecturally. Thanks for sharing your eye candy and how fun to spend time with fellow Rainers! I'm looking forward to some of that myself when we travel this summer.


Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 11 years ago

Even in the rain it looks beautiful, Carolyn!

Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) over 11 years ago

Sharon, may your visits bring you as much joy and happiness as mine. Rainers are mad cool people. :-)

Kathy, we have sooo gotta get together. I owe you  a phone call. The little minions have half a day. Will try around lunch time once I get the boys settled in.


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

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