Growing up in Lynn, MA, I learned to appreciate the beauty of Lynn Woods reservation and the ocean as well. However, the desire to leave Massachusetts hit around the age of 24 resulting in a move to Orlando, FL.

Ahhhh yes, sun and fun and golf and eventually running out of money! So, I ended up crawling back to Massachusetts to stay with my parents for six months before finding my own place.

Fast forward to the present day, I'm a newly widowed single parent of two boys living in The Berkshires with no desire to leave.

Apparently I'm not alone in my desire to stay as Massachusetts was ranked "best place to raise a family" in 2021, according to

The website used metrics including education, opportunities for what it called "family fun," the number of families with young kids, health care, and more.

Comedian and Host of Real Time on HBO, Bill Maher often praises Massachusetts for being number one in health care and number one in education when folks refer to the state as "taxachusetts".

Can you guess the state ranked as the worst? NEW MEXICO.

California came in around the halfway mark.

You can check out the full list here.

Marjo and I spoke of my desire to hit all of the beautiful fifty nifty in a RV one day!

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