Find Peace with a Digital Detox

Getaway offers unplugged vacations a stone’s throw from home When it comes to determining how close to nature a place is, the dark has always been my barometer. Growing up on the side of a mountain in rural New Hampshire meant making peace with the dark. It was...

Safe Havens

Several roads spiral outward from the village that Lydia calls home. Most days, she and Tom would choose one for their morning walk, but not today. Tom says he’s going to rake the leaves instead. It’s not much of a job in their small yard with only a few maples, but...

An Urge for Going

An Urge for Going

A song and the need to become the person one is meant to be There is a song that perfectly describes autumn without ever saying the word. Maybe you know it, “Urge for Going.” Written by Joni Mitchell and first recorded more than 50 years ago by Concord native Tom...

Angus Boezeman: A Life on the River

Angus Boezeman: A Life on the River

Reading a river and the graceful finesse of casting a fly Upon first meeting with Angus Boezeman, I told him, “I don’t know a thing about fly-fishing. My family is athletic, but only in sports involving balls: soccer, baseball, basketball, and mainly golf.” Angus...

Last Word – Fall 2018

Last Word – Fall 2018

Autumn is one of the most beautiful words in the English language. Like an appoggiatura in music—a dissonance that resolves into a consonance— the somewhat irregular au passes into the smooth mn sound in a most wistful way. It conveys its seasonal meaning, but also...

The Dog Days of . . . Fall?

The Dog Days of . . . Fall?

September Heat Wave Liquifies Students, Teacher Blink and summer vacation is over. The poor teachers like me who postpone work on our lesson plans and syllabi because, hey, we have the entire summer to get them done, always pay for that mistake when autumn suddenly...

Anxious & Overwhelmed? Take One STEP at a Time

Anxious & Overwhelmed? Take One STEP at a Time

One foot in front of the other. One step at a time. You walk this way, but do you live this way? In this world of constantly changing demands and deadlines, multitasking is likely your mode of operation. How could it not be when there are so many things competing for...

Rosé, The Sublime Pink Drink

Rosé, The Sublime Pink Drink

Take a second look at a wine that’s slightly more complex than rumor has it Rosé wine is having a moment. It seems almost everyone—not just wine lovers and foodies—are extolling its virtues. I must admit that while I’m now enthusiastically on board with the pink drink...

The Perfect Autumn Weekend

The Perfect Autumn Weekend

Fall was created by New England (right?), so live it up How do you define the perfect weekend?Two lazy days on the couch in your comfy pants and an old sweatshirt, or a nonstop whirl of family, friends, and fun? Perhaps you’d like a little bit of both. Surely, you’ll...

Song of the Empty Nest – Fall 2018 Editor’s Note

Please forgive me if I seem a little too excited for the end of summer and the start of fall. I know, many of you are sadly putting summer vacations, evening cookouts with family and friends, warmth—a bit excessive this summer—and your gardens in the rearview mirror....

Breaking a Tech-Addicted Lifestyle

Breaking a Tech-Addicted Lifestyle

Parting with your cell phone isn’t always easy, even when you have paid money to do it. “Every single group, we run into people who are like, ‘I don’t know if I can put my phone away for two hours. I don’t know if I can do it,’” says Jake King, founder of Thrive...

Fall 2018 Calendar

Fall 2018 Calendar

Through October 14 21st Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden themillbrookgallery.com Through December 24 Fall Art Exhibit Opening reception: September 14, 5–7pm Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden themillbrookgallery.com September 12...