Blooming gardeners

Longer days are here and spring is due to arrive this month. Are you thinking about perhaps starting a garden of your own this year? If you are, then you are among many others who have decided to try their hand at gardening as of late.Start with a “small” garden. This...

Where you shop, where you live

When my wife and I were deciding where to live in Concord, we had two main criteria – we wanted to be near the schools and within walking distance to downtown. The school part of the equation was simple preservation. We didn’t want to shuffle our kids back and forth...

After the storm, new paths emerge

After the storm, new paths emerge

This photo may stand as a stark reminder of the looming cold, and the potential economic challenge ahead for  Concord, its downtown and many of the small economic hubs that dot New Hampshire’s landscape. But these streets will once again fill with dog walkers, outdoor...

Destination OFF MAIN

Destination OFF MAIN

Shopping in crowds can be a holiday downer, and avoiding throngs of people is even more important this year.Buying online is one way to miss the masses, but if you want the in-person shopping experience that’s off the beaten path, there are more than a few places to...

Destination DOWNTOWN

Destination DOWNTOWN

Downtown Concord pulls off the trick of being both timeless and timely. Main Street mixes the nostalgia of old facades and familiar landmarks with glowing neon from new theaters and aromas from boutique coffee shops.Shopping on Concord’s central thoroughfare offers a...

Full Moon

Full Moon

A full moon,this hallowed eve night, sleep is elusive,not a soul in sight. This year is very different,life is not like it used to be, not just the silent streets,but many other things you see. The world, it is changing,thoughts once common now gone, perhaps a...

Steady path toward change

Steady path toward change

Concord’s history of charitable and philanthropic organizations can be traced to the colonial period. By the beginning of the twentieth century, causes ranged from creating parks and libraries to ensuring that the intellectual, physical and artistic needs of the city...

Once idyllic, now divided

Once idyllic, now divided

How the small town of Grafton became a Libertarian strongholdThe ultimate goal of the Free Towners is described in Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged, in which a hidden valley of industrialists form Galt’s Gulch, a rogue society ruled by a pure free market. Their...

Get lost in the season

Get lost in the season

We’re all looking for ways to hang onto our traditions during the most untraditional of years. Among your best options could be to throw yourself into one of the area’s corn mazes. Plenty of fresh air and built-in social distancing make for a 2020-style excursion....

It’s time to get picky

It’s time to get picky

Please note that for the most part, all the farms require you to wear masks in their farm stands and when you are nearby other people, but allow you to remove them when you are away from others picking the fields and orchards. Each will have their own signs and...

THE RIGHT TO VOTE – 1920 – Appreciating the pioneers

Celebrating those whose names aren’t in the history booksWhen I left New Hampshire in the mid-1980s, both the New Hampshire Historical Society and the Schlesinger Library at Harvard wanted my papers. I had been the assistant minority leader in the New Hampshire House...