Local Commentary

November 2018: Cold and snowy with record precipitation

If storms bring you excitement then November was your month. An endless stream of moisture laden storms brought record precipitation to our area. Winter-like cold arrived early turning some of the rainfall into snow. The jet stream was on steroids during November with nearly non-stop waves of ...

Remembering the ‘Day of Infamy,’ faded old soldiers

Dec. 7, 1941, is a long-ago and distant date that now lives couched between the brittle and musty pages of old yellowed newspapers and magazines that are found hidden under mounds of old junk in our attics and basements. For many of the bright young fresh-faced, tech-savvy, backpack carrying ...

Memories of a man of honor

It is that magic time of the year when we start to feel the tingle of the season in the air. We are anticipating coming together with families as, once again, we bask in the warm glow of the holidays. In the midst of this cozy time of the year that brings out that small child who still lives ...

Could thinking big mean thinking tiny?: The psychology of simplicity

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” – Winston Churchill Could thinking big mean thinking tiny? Tiny houses, that is. In this technology-ridden world, we hear a consistent mantra murmuring beneath the roar that says, “Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.” Nowhere is ...

The Nationalist Party of Trump is killing the Republicans

Shortly following the November election I attended a meeting with Republican candidates. New candidates and candidates for re-election; several well-known with outstanding track records. Regardless, all lost their election; not a single candidate present was left standing. The reasons for ...

A good old Nashua Christmas

Guest Columnist Picture it: Main Street, Nashua – December, circa 1960s. The hustle and bustle of our downtown was the essence of the classic holiday tune “Silver Bells.” Our city sidewalks were busy sidewalks and they were indeed dressed in holiday style. Tinsel-like strands, featuring ...

Object lesson in creativity: the maker movement

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw We are, by nature, creators. Some of the most accomplished people in history are self-taught. They tapped into their own ...

A Litany of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a particular time, like the bright and shining poetic moments of Camelot, to express gratitude for our own particular circumstances. It has been my custom for several years now to share with you my own personal litany of Thanksgiving. Looking over these pieces for the last ...

Pilgrims’ contributions didn’t stop with Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims are much on folk’s minds this time of year: iconic images of families huddled aboard the Mayflower as she churns, North America-bound, through the cold Atlantic, a hardy band of pioneers with their belt-buckle hats and muskets, their later feasting with nearby Wampanoag peoples, ...

Thankful

In recent years, a popular trend on social media has been to name something in which you are thankful for each day in November. Not one to follow trends, it did get me to thinking about what I am most thankful for in my life. So, here goes – 30 things for which I am thankful – some ...

All I want for Christmas …

With Christmas shopping season about to commence Black Friday with the fury of a Filene’s Running of the Brides, I put down my Costco sale flyer long enough to steal a glance at Esquire magazine. The feature, “34 Unique Gifts for Men,” seemed like it would be helpful for whoever gets my ...

Fiscal agency: Being smarter with our community’s resources

Please raise your hand if you think we need more nonprofits in Greater Nashua? You might be surprised to learn that a simple search on GuideStar shows that there are over 400 registered nonprofits in our community. Some of these are very large with budgets in the tens of millions of dollars, ...

NCC set to host conference

New England governors and college leadership teams will come together at Nashua Community College Nov. 28 - 29 for the next Governance Institute for Student Success. The Governance Institute for Student Success helps leaders in higher education make the best decisions for student success ...

Thanksgiving here already? Let’s turn back the clock and slow it down a bit

Seriously? Thanksgiving is really less than a week away? Talk about sneaking up on us. Or is it just me once again forgetting to watch my back? Well, the upside, I suppose, is an early Thanksgiving always means a late Christmas, as the late linguist Yogi Berra might say. Speaking of ...

First Church and 333 years of community

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth, but community. In community, individuals become rich, rich in friends who can be trusted, rich in mutual help, rich in ideas and power, rich in the energies of solidarity.” – Jurgen Moltmann How does architecture shape space, reinvent place and ...

If you really want to treat yourself, get a pedicure

I think that everyone should get pedicures. And massages, too. But let’s talk feet, shall we? I don’t think I had a pedicure before say, the age of forty. And I cannot remember what occasion demanded I get a pedicure – perhaps attending a summer wedding, but after I had my first one, ...

The search for alien life

November’s Science Cafe Nashua blasts off on a discussion of space, the final frontier and the search for alien life, more specifically. This week we will again bring a panel of experts together with a public invitation to a conversation about “Space, SETI and Little Green Men.” As ...

Remembering Armistice Day: Pay tribute and stop going to war

Those of us of a certain age may remember that Veterans Day used to be called Armistice Day – the day the guns fell silent in war-torn Europe at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. The Great War, the Global War that we now call World War I, had reached a ...

Time and turkey: preserving nature takes patience

“There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time, we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.” —Linda Hogan A turkey is a turkey is a turkey. Or not. In this season of thanks, cornucopias and the glorious bird, we might learn a ...