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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 […]


Diamond in the Rough

Clad in steel-toed snow boots, I traversed the ice-coated snow and slush on the rail trail leading to Great Cohas Brook in Manchester feeling like a giant; with each step, the slick surface of the mess of precipitation crystalized in the extreme cold collapsed bearing the full weight of my stride. Mind you, the pathway […]


Ticks Are The Worst

There, I said it. Ticks are the worst, and I hate them forever. I know this is a strong opening, but I’m not sorry. They’re not cute, they’re not helpful, and they don’t pollinate. They just creep, crawl, hide, bite, and transmit awful diseases. Every year, when spring and summer roll around, I have to […]