Rebecca Rule


Humorist, speaker and author Rebecca Rule has been collecting and telling stories of New Hampshire and New England for more than 25 years. A roster artist for the NH State Council on the Arts, her passion for spoken word takes her to schools sometimes, helping young writers find their voices. She is also the author of several books, including “Sixty Years of Cutting the Cheese: Joel Sherborne and Calef’s Famous Country Store,” “N is for NH,” “Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire -the Present, the Past and the Future, “Headin’ for the Rhubarb! A New Hampshire Dictionary (well, kinda),” “Live Free and Eat Pie: A Storyteller’s Guide to New Hampshire” and “The Best Revenge,” among others.

She is best known for her live presentations of humorous New Hampshire stories, many sponsored by NH Humanities, and she has entertained audiences throughout New Hampshire, prompting New Hampshire Magazine to name her “Thalia: the Muse of Comedy” in its list of notable New Hampshire muses.

Learn more about her here.

Sized Up

A New Hampshirite who was asked to describe the city of Boston did so in one word: “Unnecessary.”

Summertime and the Cookin’ Is Easy

Little Sister wasn’t much of cook, but Big Sister said, “If you host the party at your house, I’ll bring the food with instructions. It’ll be easy.” The plan was to serve ham with premade salads, chips, watermelon and ice cream.

Small Miracles

I’m not handy. Luckily, my husband is. When he put new guts in an old lamp (a large ceramic owl) for our daughter, she was amazed. That lamp, from a local antique shop, sat for months in the dark.

Fishing for Stories

A boy and his father went fishing early one sunny morning. From shore, they cast their lines and let them drift in the water. After a while the boy lay back among the grasses, felt the sun on his face, and fell asleep.

Covid in the Time of Chickens

In the woods I found an egg, abandoned by feral guinea fowl. “Hatch me,” the egg said. I showed my grown-up daughter, who lives over the garage. She googled incubation. If we’re…