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Sinking Roots in NH: A Recent College Grad’s Story

Growing up in a small, pass-through town in north-central Massachusetts, I was always drawn to Keene’s beautiful Main Street, quick access to the myriad of stores and restaurants, and the convenience of being away from home without being too far from my family. I decided to attend Keene State College in 2015 as a stepping […]

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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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Something for Everyone at Edward MacDowell Lake

With major excavation underway at our building, I’ve started looking for some new quiet places nearby where I can take a quick break and enjoy some peace and quiet. Just five minutes from downtown Peterborough, Edward MacDowell Lake has quickly become my favorite spot. The MacDowell Dam was built between 1948-1950 for flood protection, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Redefining Fitness Through Time Outdoors

Getting regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to improve your overall health. Studies show that it improves mood, increases longevity and helps prevent the onset of many chronic diseases, including but not limited to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and various cancers. It is also an important and often overlooked intervention in […]