UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Diana grew up in a small town in Eastern Connecticut. The mill town, Willimantic, once a thriving economic center, was the largest nearby community. There she remembers the mills, established in the 1800s and running until the mid 1980s. She has many ties to the mills and mill towns in eastern Connecticut, so it was natural that her novels are set in them.

Singing Her Alive is a love story set in two time periods, presented as a fictional memoir.  The story takes place in Willimantic and Merrow.
The primary story begins in the late 1800s when fate  throws two young women together as roommates – in a shared bed – at a textile mill boarding house where they have gone to work, far from home and family.  Two generations later their secret story comes to light when a granddaughter, narrator of the story, finds their personal journals hidden in a closet as she helps her mother clean out their family homestead to sell.  The discovery of these family secrets sets the narrator on her own journey towards identity and place. Love and sacrifice, choices and consequences, are strong themes in this story.   

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Michael Westerfield has filled a glaring gap in the written history of Windham County and the State of Connecticut. The Road to the Poorhouse is a thoroughly researched and engagingly understated tale that begins in 16th Century England and brings us into the modern era of caring for the poor. In this important book we learn how 21st Century concerns echo those in the England of King Henry XVIII. Westerfield’s research shows that our leaders, however much they may squirm at times, have never really questioned the obligation to take care of our neighbors who are in need. One of the gems learned from this important book is that the first employee of the Town of Windham was not a peace officer or a building inspector, but the Director of the Poor Farm. The book also presents us with a striking view of how personal local government was in the early history of Connecticut. This is an enjoyable and very relevant journey through four centuries of taking care of poor people in Windham County.

Martin Podskoch is an Author, Historian and East Hampton, CT resident recognized for his extensive work documenting the history of the Catskills, Adirondack Fire Towers, and the Civilian Conservation Corps camps. His first travel guide, “The Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport & Guide to the North Country” has become the best-selling travel guide book in the Adirondacks.

East Hampton, CT Author and Historian Marty Podskoch scripted a brilliant solution for fragmented families and town-tied locals. With his latest Book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut.  Podskoch navigates readers from out behind the blue screen, off the interstate and onto Connecticut backroads to meet and merge with fascinating neighbors and uncover cool curiosities tucked into the 169 towns and cities in the Nutmeg State.

“The Connecticut 169 Club’ is a Guidebook to Adventures in Every Corner of the State”.   – CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE