Local Commentary

Becoming an outdoors woman: The journey within

“She was like the sun. She knew her place in the world. She would shine again regardless of all the storms and changeable weather. She wouldn’t adjust her purpose to things that pass.” – Nikki Rowe Outdoors woman – look how far we’ve come!!! From the 1890s when pioneering women ...

The joy – and adventure – of adopting a puppy

For the first time in years, I forgot my column deadline. I have a good excuse, though. We were busy welcoming a new member to the Lemen/Broyles family. No, I did not have a baby. Nor did any other being living under our roof. But we were joined this week by an adorable Labrador mix puppy, ...

Come to Litchfield and ‘Ask a Muslim Anything’

Just before World War I, Nashua’s Indian Head National Bank published “Breezes From the Orient,” a collection of letters, written to the Nashua Daily Telegraph by Ira Francis Harris – the bank’s cashier – while on a 1913 world tour of the Orient. Published in 1914, the bank ...

Lilacs come in many varieties, perfect for any landscaping theme

Every year and without fail, the lilacs bloom to reassure us that summer is coming. A fragrant flower, New Hampshire residents can enjoy them for only a couple weeks. The robust flower historically symbolizes love, and can be found growing in abundance along our high ways, country roads and ...

How can you LIVE UNITED this spring?

As I travel throughout our community meeting people, one thing often comes up as a theme – “How can I get involved and make a difference?” I think that there are several reasons why people ask this, but primarily it comes down to either not knowing what the opportunities are to get ...

Policy can help New Hampshire rein in Medicare costs

New Hampshire residents suffering from painful and chronic medical conditions stand to benefit from a federal rule change this year that would offer greater access to treatment for Medicare ...

A fresh look at gerrymandering

Gerrymander: to divide a geographic area into voting districts in a way that gives a party an unfair advantage in elections. In 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a bill authorizing the revision of voting districts in his state. Members of Gerry’s party redrew them in a way that ...

March 2018 was snowy, a bit on the mild, dry side

I wonder how many thought we were done with winter weather when temperatures reached into the middle-70s in late February, and the ground became bare of snow. March would throw a curve ball bringing lots of snow to our doorsteps and certainly a wintry feel, despite being the first official full ...

Lost & Found: What could possibly go wrong?

Looks like I still have some good karma left in the bank. I recently forgot my credit card at a St. Patrick’s party where I was running a tab at the bar. Gee, what could possibly go wrong here? Let’s examine the facts. I’m celebrating a holiday where drinking is the objective. I’m ...

Youth philosophy conference generates wonder

“Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.” – Plato Wonder is a good thing. When I came away from the 9th Annual HYPE (Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts) Conference held two weeks ago at the University of New Hampshire, I came away with more questions ...

From the cosmos to the coral reef: A tribute to mathematical women

“She who influences the thought of her times, influences all times that follow. She has made her impression on eternity.” – Hypatia (415 A.D.) Last night the earth passed through the Vernal Equinox, that tipping point when the days and nights reach a momentary equilibrium, that moment ...

The Civics of Civility: The art of the question

“The man who never changes his mind is like still water and breeds reptiles of the mind.” – William Blake Socrates, the most famous of teachers, was not renowned for what he taught but how he taught. He did not just focus on the question, he dwelled on it. In the wake of a question lies ...

It never hurts to get a little nostalgic about Nashua

Some of you may remember an article I wrote back in November titled, “Growing Up Nashua,” where I discussed growing up on the Tree Streets of our city. Much like an episode of “Happy Days,” I once again have some thoughts of Nashua in a nostalgic light and a bygone era. From the 1960s ...

Arming teachers is a valid, necessary discussion

I am not a member of the NRA, never have been. I do not own any guns. Never have. I am not a teacher, but my daughter is. I am, however, retired from the Army after 36 years. You may hate the NRA, but not everything they say is wrong. Even a broken clock is correct twice a day. When there is a ...

People of New Hampshire can’t wait

At age 21, after school graduation, services are not guaranteed for an individual with developmental disabilities. Fortunately, New Hampshire historically has a great partnership between parents of those with disabilities and policymakers. This assures that resources for continued services are ...

We are here to help the community

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to the community as the new clinical director of emergency services for Harbor Homes and The Partnership for Successful Living. In this role, one of the services I will have clinical oversight of is, the Mobile Crisis Response Team. I have recently ...

Beowulf and the Dragon: Why we need storytelling

“The story – from Rapunzel to War and Peace – is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind, for the purpose of gaining understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories” – Ursula K. Le Guin ...

This year’s very nasty flu came in two rounds

When I was a junior in high school, I got the flu. It was in the spring, which was unusual in itself (flu was usually a fall and winter ailment), but what was more unusual was that I just didn’t get better. My parents – New Englanders who believed that the only reason you went to the doctor ...

Fighting for their right not to be shot

On June 16, 1976, a group of high school students in Johannesburg, South Africa, began a historic revolt against an unjust system that denied them freedom and safety in their own land. For generations, courageous adults like Albert Luthuli and Nelson Mandela had led the struggle against ...