Local Commentary

Blueberries, pumpkins do not belong in my coffee

I received a coffee machine for Mother’s Day that allows me to make individual cups of coffee. I quite like it, because this means there are no more half-pots of coffee slowly growing bitter in my kitchen, and whenever I want a cup of coffee, I can make one quickly and easily. Well, as ...

Oh, those annoying and frequent telemarketing calls

We all get them. Most of us hate them. They disrupt our day, cause frustration and sometimes even result in fraud or identity theft. I’m talking about the dreaded junk calls, Robo calls, telemarketing calls or whatever moniker fits. OK, charities might get a pass. But I get up to five junk ...

Excuse number seven: Those miscellaneous shop charges

All the excuses you need to know so you can feel better about yourself while paying outrageous prices to fix your car. Viable excuse number seven, those irritating miscellaneous shop charges. In our last Article we discussed the expense item on the bill “hazardous waste removal”, and we ...

Strange Terrain – New Hampshire State Poet Laureate at The Bookery

“Strangeness is a jolt of Oh! – a punch-line, a vacation, a wake-up call. We get to feel refreshed and freed from habits. Isn’t that why we sometimes go looking for strange terrain?” – Alice B. Fogel, Strange Terrain “Bookshops are time machines, spaceships, story-makers, ...

Remaking home: Building Dreams for Marines

“Empathy has no script. There is no right or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting and communicating that incredibly healing message ‘You are not alone.’” – Anonymous Last night’s fireworks are a potent ...

To solve the immigration crisis, let’s think like moms and dads

The other night, on our drive home from visiting “Oma” (German for “Grandma”) in the small New Hampshire town where I grew up, my two year-old son insisted on holding my hand. He gave no explanation and accepted no excuses on my part (reaching into his car seat is a stretch). He just ...

New approach to development

Last year, Governor Sununu proposed the division of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, creating the Department of Business and Economic Affairs. Since its approval by the Legislature, this new agency has been a catalyst for increasing opportunities for New Hampshire to ...

N.H. schools need to arm against cyberattacks

CONCORD – The public and the press have been rightfully focused on a myriad of issues concerning school safety in recent months with officials at the local, state, and federal level working on plans to protect the wellbeing of our children, teachers, and administrators while they are in ...

Illustrators light up the page, show may perspectives

“There is a distance in them (turtles), a coldness, their eyes filled with stars…it must be in such eyes that the universe first discovered a way to look back on itself.” – David Carroll If poets teach us to see, illustrators demonstrate different ways of seeing. Through minuscule ...

Travel with the Souhegan Chamber to China

The Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce is excited to offer to the community a unique opportunity to travel internationally with us to China. You do not need to be a Chamber member to participate in this exciting trip. The trip departs from Logan to Beijing on Oct 10, and returns Oct 18 from ...

New Hampshire nonprofits are on a mission to serve those in need

On any ordinary day in New Hampshire, these things are happening: Volunteers at soup kitchens are serving meals to hundreds of men, women and children in need. At the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, sixth-graders are discovering and debating works of art. From Rochester to Concord to ...

‘Forest bathing:’ Could it really save your health?

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” – Martin Luther Today marks the summer solstice – how will you spend the longest day of the year? Why not try “forest bathing?” I first ...

Reform our broken system

Today in New Hampshire, our county jails house many people who have not been convicted of crimes. They’ve lost their freedom and stand to lose much more – their jobs, homes and cars – simply because they cannot afford to pay bail. Making matters worse is that property taxpayers are ...

Cherish the time you have with your dad

Even though it just seems like yesterday that my father and I were sitting on the banks of the mighty Ohio River fishing and sharing stories, today will mark the 20th Father’s Day since his passing. In those 20 years, I have changed quite a bit, moving all around the country to pursue my ...

Spending cap decision: Judicial misconduct

On Feb. 12, 2018, the New Hampshire Superior Court issued a decision in our consolidated spending cap lawsuit (see Case #226-2017-CV-00160 and #226-2017-CV-0022). Summarized, Judge Charles Temple dismissed our complaint because he decided that Nashua’s spending cap “violates state ...

Want to come LIVE UNITED this summer?

Hard to believe with the long winter we had, but summer really is just around the corner. For us, the past few months have been consumed with events including our Community Farming Day of Caring, the Community Baby Shower and two food packaging events just last week which produced 40,000 meals ...

Roll out ‘Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer’

Summer is finally here. Put the shovels, boots and snowblowers in storage and pull out the beach umbrellas, BBQ grills and coolers. Time to roll out “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer.” And what fond memories that iconic Nat King Cole tune rekindles every time it plays. As a kid, I ...

All for the love of a little dog who changed my life forever

I am blessed with family and friends, but there was also a very special someone I was blessed to have in my life: a sweet faithful dog. Now, to look at her, most people really couldn’t help but laugh, for she was this little white fluff ball of a thing. It was hard to take me seriously when I ...

Sometimes, it’s the engineer’s fault

It’s not your fault! All the excuses you need to know so you can feel better about yourself while paying outrageous prices to fix your car. Viable Excuse No. 2, the engineer who designed your car should have been flunked. In our last article, we discussed outside forces that can cause ...

Hidden gems: The Masons, an 1895 organ and Bach

“I take my fundamental cue from John Coltrane that says there must be a priority of integrity, honesty, decency and mastery of craft.” – Cornell West What do the Masons, an 1895 tracker organ, and J.S. Bach have in common? In a few words – the geometry of proportion and mastery of ...