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Go Outside and Play!

“Go outside and play…risk free!” was the motto of my high school’s outing club. (Shout out to Mascoma and its outing club leader, Koby.) This plucky afterschool group introduced me to a world right in my backyard. We hiked, biked, sledded, and jumped into holes in the ice. We spent overnights on Smarts Mountain in […]


Let’s Better Use Cool Old Buildings

We should be more creative when it comes to reusing rural New Hampshire’s historic and obsolete building stock. I wrote my master’s thesis on this topic, so if you’re one of ninety-three who downloaded it from my alma mater’s digital library, feel free to skip this post. Here’s my condensed argument: New Hampshire’s towns are […]


November is for No Shaving

November is not very pretty, even before the attempt of men to grow mustaches and beards. The remaining leaves are brown and shriveled. The days are darker, colder, gloomier. With the election over, commercials bombard viewers with premature images of Christmas. Oh, and men try growing out their facial hair. I’m blessed with great beard-growing […]

Wild Meadow Road in Grafton.

Ode to Dirt Roads

Every now and then, I walk along my dirt road and pick up trash. It’s something my grandparents do, and I’ve been involved with at least four organizations that sponsor miles of highway cleanup in the Upper Valley. It’s good exercise, and when there are no run-ins with poison ivy, it’s almost enjoyable. Over the […]


Nonprofits that Keep NH Looking its Best

There are many places you can send your money – from dolphin rescue leagues to the Cayman Islands. But if you’re interested in contributing to nonprofits that make differences in New Hampshire’s built and natural landscape, there are a few statewide groups that do it best. The following nonprofits work to maintain that deep sense […]


Fall Fashion

When autumn rolls around, my high school friends know that it’s time for something we’ve affectionately dubbed “The Listen Center Challenge.” Listen Services – for those of you outside the Upper Valley – is a multi-branched thrift store with NH locations in Canaan and Lebanon. It’s an incredible community resource with proceeds going toward heating […]