Opinion & Humor

Weighing in on Summer

Nothing like a new buzz word to get you going. As much as I hate to see summer leave, I will not miss hearing all the hype about staycations. Staycations are those modest close-to-home family getaways that became popular last…

Getting Good at Food

In “Julie and Julia,” the new movie about Chef Julia Child, there’s a charming restaurant scene where a middle-aged Julia (played by Meryl Streep) asks her husband (played by Stanley Tucci) what she should do with the rest of her…

Was Hillary Right?

Here, being female is a political advantage A month before the last New Hampshire Primary I was having a beer with Hillary Clinton. At the time she was leading polls in nearly everywhere, except in Iowa where she curiously never…

Letters to the Editor

Spot the Newt Last month's “Spot the Newt” winner is Sarah Kivimaki of Dumfires, Virginia. August issue newts were hidden on pages 31, 66, 70 and 90. Spot four newts hidden on ads in this issue, tell us where you…

Blood Sport

In New Hampshire at this time of year, killing mosquitoes isn't just a necessity, it's a competition sport. True, there are people who live here for years without picking up the finer points of the sport, but they're understandably embarrassed…

Letters to the Editor

Need A Good Reason to Spot the Newt? This month's lucky (and fearless) newt spotter will receive a spicy gourmet condiment assortment from Spicey Mike's Gourmet Ketchup & Condiments (pictured below). This company describes its products as "the healthy way…

The Price of Letting Go

Summer has been a period of purging household belongings, things we never needed, things we never knew we had. The fact that it coincided with my hometown’s shift to “pay-as-you-throw” trash collection has added some dynamic tension. Suddenly every non-recyclable…

What’s in a Name?

... these would make Shakespeare’s head hurt.Fact: Hair care establishments are either named for their proprietor or are christened with unbelievable puns, bordering on the ridiculous.In traveling New Hampshire, I couldn’t help but notice the outrageous names of barber shops…

A Political Big Top

Grab a front-row seat and enjoy the show. New Hampshire politics generally is known for its charm and earnestness. Think of town hall meetings, engaged voters challenging presidential candidates about issues at the town dump and frugal budget writers at…