Time to Go Tiny

WHY SMALL HOUSES ON WHEELS ARE MOVING SLOW IN THE GRANITE STATE They are a secretive group. One woman lives in her daughter’s backyard, hiding in a kind of freestanding in-law apartment. A senior-citizen couple fled our cities for the woods outside Plymouth. They...

The 84th Problem

When the engine started to sputter halfway across Lake Neville, I should have worried. But instead, I gave the accelerator a kick and the boat jerked a bit then sped up, running smoothly again. The day was perfect. Overhead, an endless sky. On the water, light gleamed...

Blueberry Days

Out of the mouths of birds That’s what I’m thinking As I pick They fly into the trees at my approach And from their lofty seats They scold me anxiously Oh, not the biggest Not the best A golden doe and fawn Have bounded to the thicket At my step And Mother snorts at...

Renewing Mind & Body

Renewing Mind & Body

After a long and cold winter, spring can be a time when people look for ways to regroup, refresh, and renew themselves to achieve a more balanced and healthy life. As nature blooms, communities have more locally sourced and fresh food options available. Spring is also...

Faraway Places

Faraway Places

(Early Spring 1964) Euphony: A harmonious succession of words having a pleasing sound –Merriam-Webster Adelaide had just discovered the word euphony in a 1934 Webster’s in Past Perfect, an antique shop and her new place of employment. She wondered why she hadn’t heard...

The Last Sugar Bucket

The Last Sugar Bucket

I walked the same hundred acres that my grandfather did so many decades ago. A slight fog was burning off as I crested the hill at the center of the property and looked out over the hundreds of New Hampshire sugar maples. A family tradition at first and then a very...

The Inexorable 
March of Spring

The Inexorable 
March of Spring

AND WITH IT LET NEW THOUGHTS, NEW FREEDOMS EMERGE The term mud season as a synonym for spring never resonated with me. Though it is somewhat descriptive of the season, it obscures other more inviting possibilities. It is the reveal of nature that draws me into spring....

Strolling Through a Warming Tide of Music

Strolling Through a Warming Tide of Music

THE CONCORD COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL OFFERS A PROFOUND MUSICAL EXPERIENCE Until I met Peggy Senter, founder and president of the Concord Community Music School, I thought a music school offered only instrument lessons such as piano, violin, and guitar. But the...

Your Local Pied-à-Terre

Your Local Pied-à-Terre

THE HOTEL CONCORD OFFERS A RELAXING ESCAPE FOR AN EVENING OR OVERNIGHT Arrange a babysitter for the kids and head downtown for drinks, dinner, a show, and then, if further escape is desired, a quiet night in a beautiful room. The next morning enjoy breakfast and pop...

Making a Splash

Making a Splash

AN ODE TO EARLY SPRING PUDDLE STOMPING It’s too bad I don’t have a lab coat, a monocle, or cartoonish Einstein hair because I began class on Tuesday morning with a mysterious experiment. One student tells me, “You’re like a mad scientist running tests on us.” Without...