Well, here we are

I live in an old red house with an old red barn in an old milltown in New England. The house and barn are crammed with old books, and I, too, am getting old. This story’s a souvenir of my youth.

Still, I love the thought of living in a mill tower.

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The clock tower of the Ayer Mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is much grander than anything in Bill's project. In fact, I think it's the most impressive mill tower in New England. Just imagine living there, though ... assuming no bells toll the hour.
The clock tower of the Ayer Mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is much grander than anything in Bill’s project. In fact, I think it’s the most impressive mill tower in New England. Just imagine living there, though … assuming no bells toll the hour.
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So much for comfort

Fire was always a hazard, sometimes killing hundreds of workers. Since a single spark could turn the fiber-filled air of a textiles mill into a bomb, open flames were limited. The buildings were bitterly cold in winter and oppressively hot in summer.

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Standing like a ghost along the river ...
Standing like a ghost along the river …

Hardly a placid workplace

Water-powered mills shook and clanked throughout as the current that crashed into the waterwheel connected to gears, loops of leather belts, axles, and all the machinery along the lines.

These mills were very noisy places.

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Bigger and newer than the mills Bill tackles, this one in Lawrence, Massachusetts, embodies some of the same potential he envisions.
Bigger and newer than the mills Bill tackles, this one in Lawrence, Massachusetts, embodies some of the same potential he envisions.

As for the heart

The Chicken Farmer knows about funky and making do out in the hollows just beyond places like yrUBbury. There’s nothing ostentatious in this landscape, town or country. The Farmer might even work regular shifts in one of the factories simply to make ends meet. After all, chickens can’t do it all alone.

As for Bill, both he and the Chicken Farmer are about finding love and loving, when it’s right.

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The Connecticut River makes a great bend below the dam at Turners Falls, Massachusetts.
The Connecticut River makes a great bend below the dam at Turners Falls, Massachusetts.