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Small Towns, Big Fun: Summer in the Monadnock Region

The area of Southwest New Hampshire known as the Monadnock Region, where I grew up and still live, isn’t exactly a booming metropolis, but it’s a wonderful place to live — small towns dot the deeply forested landscape, each one offering unique surprises. Here’s a glimpse of how my family spent the weekend—a showcase of […]

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Toadstool Bookshop – A Bibliophile’s Dream Come True

What are the best ways to celebrate the fathers in our lives? Should we gift gadgets? Wrap up some tasty home-baked goodies? It turns out that a leisurely afternoon browsing around our local, independent bookstore was the perfect Father’s Day gift for my literature-loving husband. Growing and Changing There’s just nothing quite like spending the […]

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March is Maple Month in New Hampshire

It’s that time of year again in New Hampshire—sugaring season! Those of us who grew up dowsing our pancakes and waffles with maple syrup know that there’s really no substitute for the “real” thing. Thankfully, locally made maple syrup is readily available from a plethora of producers both small and large—there’s more than 350 sugaring […]