Good Things in Life Mark Duffield, owner of the Boston gift shop Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill, has turned his love of storytelling into a heart-warming book, The Last Shepard: Tales of the Tenth Ornament ($16.95, Three Bean Press). Illustrated by Don Sherwood, the colorful oversize book tells the story of a disgruntled reporter investigating the mysterious death of a Boston shop owner on Christmas Eve. Written to appeal to older children, the story traces the dawning of hope and a belief in human kindness in a cynical young man, who learns that people are inherently good if you look hard enough.  A portion of the book sale proceeds benefits cancer research at Mass General Hospital for Children. For information, go to

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Susan Dewey is the associate publisher and editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. She lives in Centerville on Cape Cod and enjoys gardening, sailing, walking on the beach, gallery hopping, cooking with fresh seafood, and exploring Cape Cod and the Islands from shore to shore.

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