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From One Townie to Another: Get Political (Part One)

Now, in full disclosure, I pride myself on remaining the consummate apolitical public servant—but that doesn’t mean I sit quietly on the sidelines. As a lifelong resident of Laconia and as the 2017 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year, I am morally obligated and uniquely positioned to affect positive change in my community and my […]

Photo Courtesy of Jackie Trombly. Taken at Spofford Lake in Chesterfield, NH.

Livin’ Free in the 603: Check Off Your Summer Bucket List Before it’s Back to School

#LakeLife – Exploring Monadnock’s Own Little Lakes Region … Sometimes I find it funny that there’s a “Lakes Region” of NH because it implies that other areas of the state lack ample bodies of water. In my Southwest corner of the state here in Cheshire County our region boasts around 90+ bodies of water available […]


Eighteen Miles

A while ago, an acquaintance of mine asked why lobster is associated with New Hampshire, when New Hampshire is hardly a coastal state. I gently, and jokingly, corrected him: “Hey, we have eighteen miles of coastline, and we’re proud of every one.” On that number, your mileage may actually vary. It all depends how you […]

Fox turns to observe it's human spectators

The Fox and The Turkey Hen

Sometimes, when you live in “the woods” you get to witness wild animals in their natural environment. Earlier this week I was able to observe (and snap some photos) of our resident fox hunting our resident flock of turkeys – toms (males), hens and chicks. It was about 6:00 a.m. on a cool misty morning; […]

Photo Courtesy of Jackie Trombly

Monadnock: Why She’s a Big Deal (and the 2nd Most Climbed Mountain in the World!)

I’ve wanted to write a post about Monadnock since I first took this position as a Volunteer Blogger for Stay Work Play. It’s been one of the back pocket topics I’ve sat on wanting to wait until the moment was right to publish. Mount Monadnock is one of my favorite places in the world and […]


A Townie Experience: The 2017 Laconia High School Commencement Speech

ˈtounē ˌikˈspirēəns – (compound noun) one’s witnessing locally the humble intersection of age, profession, and political persuasion, which evokes a latent appreciation for one’s hometown As the 2017 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year, I have traveled to school districts across our state—from the districts of our small towns to those of our big cities. […]


Mud Season

The thunderstorms on the Connecticut shoreline move with ferocious intensity. During Hurricane Gloria, when I was just a child, my mom took my brother and me to New Jersey. My dad stayed home to keep watch on the house. He had no power for over two weeks. He had to poop in the backyard. When […]