Local Commentary

December 2018: Sunny, mild and dry; little snow

December broke ranks with fall as temperatures turned mild, plenty of sun returned, and rain and snow diminished. El Nino continued to be the reason behind the noted change from fall to our first month of winter. One could almost make the argument that December and November traded places this ...

Calendar options for a hilarious – and sometimes curmudgeonly – new year

Happy New Year, everyone. Time to put up that new 2019 wall calendar. But, are paper calendars going the way of rotary phones, 45 r.p.m. records and other Jurassic devices? “Siri, what’s today’s date?” Your smart speaker will chirp the date faster than you could have consulted the ...

It’s tea time for Science Cafe

Science Cafe New Hampshire is resuming in Nashua this Wednesday after a bit of Holiday hiatus. Hope you and yours enjoyed the season and stand ready to march into the depths of another winter, but if December is any indication it might not be as tough as what we’ve traditionally had to deal ...

A life well lived: Longtime Nashua resident, Myrtle Latvis, remembered

Some years ago on Lake Street, just up from the old Lake Street firehouse and not far from the intersection of Lake and Pine streets, a suspected drunk driver crashed his car into a stone wall in front of the longtime home of an 80-ish widow still active in her chosen profession as a ...

High-demand data analytics certificate geared toward working adults

One of the best aspects of community college is the ability to stay agile and respond quickly to workforce needs. We’re able to hear the demands of prospective students and local industry, and create new programs - such as the proposed data analytics certificate geared toward working ...

Keeping Christmas all year long – the miracle of intention

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall Can thinking of others improve your health? What is the power of collective thought? How does prayer act like a mirror? We are in the midst of the Twelve Days of ...

An unlikely combination: The art and science of Robert Frost

“Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses – especially learn to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” – Leonardo da Vinci Though it is not always apparent how art and science inform each other, it is dramatically apparent if you look ...

Santa always comes through

And finally it’s Christmas. A time for remembrance of happy Christmas past; for enjoying happy Christmas present; for anticipation of happy Christmas future. Many years ago, Francis Church of the New York Sun wrote a famous editorial in reply to a letter from an 8-year-old girl, Virginia ...

The ‘joy’ of cooking

I reek of garlic and red wine, with beef after-tones. When I walk through the kitchen, Rilian’s nose goes straight up in the air, and he inhales deeply, with sincere appreciation. When I went upstairs to give Bill a chance to watch the Patriots game alone (it’s a gift I give my spouse ...

All I want for Christmas is …

Although I am well beyond my years of writing letters to that jolly big guy from the North Pole and I’m at that age where I am fortunate enough to no longer be in need of material things, while sipping my morning coffee, I pondered what I might say to the man from up north were I to pen a ...

Why is education reform in this country stuck in a rut?

Winter is coming and anyone who has been in New Hampshire for any length of time has probably helped someone retrieve their errant car from a snowbank. When in that predicament, some are expert drivers and accelerate just right to get the car moving; others; however, put their foot on the ...

Solstice sentiments: Leaning toward light on the shortest day

“There is privacy about it which no other season gives you. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in winter, in the country, can you have longer, quieter stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.” – Ruth Stout ––– Friday is ...

Making the case to support the annual Santa Fund campaign

There is no doubt that charitable giving during the holidays is a very important component of the philanthropic landscape in our community. In fact, over half of all nonprofits receive at least a quarter of their annual donations at the end of the year, and almost 20 percent receive over half ...

Setting a good example

With New Hampshire’s midterm elections behind us, there are major changes in the works in Washington and at the statehouse in Concord. What has not changed is the critical need for our elected officials to come together in 2019 and address the ongoing mental health crisis. The crisis ...

Democrats and Republicans are not really enemies

The Telegraph’s Nov. 23 editorial, “Choosing a nominee,” posited that beating Donald Trump in 2020 will take a lot more than just listing his many shortcomings – it will take a vision, and a plan to make that vision real. I couldn’t agree more. We can take a cue from the past as we ...

Here is an ethics lesson for all the bullies at USA Today

This week, I did something that USA Today’s executive leadership apparently hadn’t done lately: I read the newspaper’s “principles of ethical conduct for newsrooms.” It’s pretty highfalutin. The media manifesto of virtue, posted online, applies to all employees “working with any ...

The heart equation: The mathematics of emotion and being in sync

“Opening your heart is like putting a wide-angle lens on the camera of your perception. Suddenly, more of the world comes into view. You have more room for new possibilities in the picture. – Doc Childre and Howard Martin, The HeartMath Solution How do you spend your energy? Do you lead ...

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 ...