Ensconced in Winter’s Serenity

Jackson XC offers a unique and traditional New England experience Kick. Glide. Kick. Glide. I had forgotten how cathartic the rhythm of cross-country skiing can be. My husband Jack and I had just left the Jackson Ski Touring Center’s lodge, eager for some exercise and...

The Gallerista

PAM TARBELL’S COLORFUL METAMORPHOSIS: ARTIST, ADVOCATE, BUSINESSPERSON Sustaining an enduring career as an accomplished, award-winning painter and arts entrepreneur are exceptional feats for most artists. For Pam Tarbell, these are only two facets of a distinguished...

The Relaxed Host

MAYBE LET SOMEONE ELSE DO THE WORK FOR YOUR NEXT SOIRÉE Perhaps the only thing better than pulling together a warm, social winter meal comprised of local products and foods is one where you play host and someone else does the work. Yes, there are those of us who love...

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Miriam Carter: A Maker and Wearer of Hats

Miriam Carter: A Maker and Wearer of Hats

It’s a well-known adage that to juggle the myriad demands of running a thriving organization requires wearing many hats. In the case of Miriam Carter, the new executive director—since January—of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, this idiom is both figurative and...

Birds of a Different Feather

Birds of a Different Feather

BY LAURA POPEImagine a hand-wrought John James Audubon illustration of a colorful bird in nature composed with the sensibility of artist Edward Gorey. The image that most likely comes to mind is of a realistic yet distorted, somewhat allegorical polychrome print of a...

Community Gardens Take Root

Community Gardens Take Root

BY DEBBIE KANEStarting in spring, Concord’s Birch Street Community Garden hums with activity as gardeners of all ages tend more than a hundred plots of flower and vegetable gardens. It’s just more evidence that community gardening has taken root in the Capitol...

The Life Cycle of a Home

The Life Cycle of a Home

BY JERRY KINGWILL, PHOTOS COURTESY OF COBB HILL CONSTRUCTIONSome young homebuyers view their first house as a starter home—an inexpensive place to hold them as they grow their family and finances. Then they seek out the next house and begin a process of purchasing homes...

Honey, Can We Talk?

Honey, Can We Talk?

BY SHANTI DOUGLASCommunication is the foundation of any healthy relation-ship, but it’s often the hardest thing for couples to do. Busy-ness and going in multiple directions distract us, and we fear that conflict is inherent in communication. Given the importance and...

A Parent’s  Final Act of Love

A Parent’s Final Act of Love

BY TINA ANNIS, ESQ. AND JEFFREY J. ZELLERS, ESQ.GLJane Concordian was an organized woman. She paid her bills on time. She maintained her tax records in a properly labeled file cabinet, and she balanced her checkbook every month. As Jane got older, she began to...

A Quiet Brook in Spring

A Quiet Brook in Spring

BY LEAH WILLINGHAM , PHOTOS BY GEOFF FORESTER I always knew that spring had arrived when I heard the brook in our backyard roar. I was usually in the kitchen the first time I noticed it, washing dishes after dinner, or untying mud-soaked boots by the back door. I...

A Parent’s Final Act of Love

A Parent’s Final Act of Love

Jane Concordian was an organized woman. She paid her bills on time. She maintained her tax records in a properly labeled file cabinet, and she balanced her checkbook every month. As Jane got older, she began to recognize her own mortality, so she did the responsible...