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Doing Good New Hampshire with Whitney Vachon

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Whitney Vachon! Whitney was born and raised in Laconia, NH and now lives in Franklin, NH. Growing up Whitney was very active in the school community, but decided to leave New Hampshire and live in the Detroit, Michigan area. After a year away, New Hampshire was […]

Top row: “Shadow of the Past, Court Street, from “Windows of Portsmouth, Elissa Von Letkemann; “Sprouted” by Kate Knox; “If I Lived Here, I’d be Home by Now”, Lindsay Gwinn Parker

Bottom row: “Neighbors”, Bri Custer; “Home Landing”, Artful Harper Studios; “No Trucks on McDonough”, Stacey Durand

Where We Live

I’ve written about art as a catalyst for social change before. In today’s housing crisis, artists are among the victims of high costs, limited inventory, and gentrification, but many are realizing they can use their art as a catalyst for change. Similar to charrettes, Where We Live draws on the belief that visual representations of home […]


Some of the Best Swimming Holes In New Hampshire

#1. Upper Ladies Bath This popular swimming spot is located right behind Hancock Campground off the Kancamagus Highway in Lincoln. Getting there: Park in the parking lot after you drive through the designated camping area. Walk back towards the campground and look for site #47 and a sign saying “RIVER.” Follow the sign for a […]


Creative Expression on Juneteenth

Creative expression is vital to celebrating and honoring the joys and sorrows of the past. One part of our country’s history that is remembered this month is Juneteenth. If you are not familiar with it, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, […]

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Meet Local Leader Lovey Roundtree Oliff of Exeter

Here on the Stay Work Play blog, we’re celebrating young leaders across the state who have stepped up to participate in the political process! “Meet Local Leader…” is a series highlighting the people under forty (or close enough) who are leading their communities at the local level! Meet Lovey! Lovey Roundtree Oliff was born in […]

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Give Experiences, Not Things

If you’re anything like the majority of the world right now; you may have some extra time on your hands. With that extra time, I challenge you to take a look around at your home, your surroundings. How many belongings do you have? How many do you actually need? If you’re anything like me, you […]


Somers-Worth the Trip

I’m not ashamed to admit that on a recent road trip to Somersworth we drove through towns and parts of New Hampshire that I had never seen before. It was a beautiful not-quite-spring day in January and we were ready for an adventure with our 12 extra minutes of winter daylight. Our destination was Bad […]

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NH Opportunities Knock as the Granite State Reopens

Writing about different economic opportunities at a time when the coronavirus plagues the world and debates about racial inequality consume the country is a task as intimidating as it is daunting. 2020 Projections 2020 was always supposed to be a challenging year, but not at a level so severe. In fact the Congressional Budget Office […]

Doing Good New Hampshire with Matt Gelinas

This week I spoke with Matt Gelinas of Barrington, New Hampshire. Matt combines his love for music and people to make New Hampshire a better place! Matt was raised in Rochester, NH attended Plymouth State University and is now a short term claims analyst at Sun Life Financial.  After college, Matt decided to stay in […]

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Missing Middle Housing

Remember when I wrote In Defense of the Rural Millennial and urged New Hampshire’s smaller, more rural communities to take an active role in solving the state’s housing crisis? Welcome to a new series Housing Solutions for Rural New Hampshire. Here you’ll find practical advice for how New Hampshire’s smaller, more rural communities can be […]