Local Commentary

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 ...

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 ...