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When Making Family Memories Takes Years Off Our Lives in Only the BEST Ways…

For the record, for all of you judging the safety represented in this photo, this Boston Whaler containing my family is within the legal weight limit, and our son, in the green sweatshirt, is wearing his lifejacket beneath his sweatshirt.  We are away on vacation visiting my brother and his family on Martha’s Vineyard, and… Continue reading When Making Family Memories Takes Years Off Our Lives in Only the BEST Ways…

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The Weight We Carry

One of my favorite American novels is The Things We Carried by Tim O’Brien.  In the first chapter, he writes about what they carry in their packs.  Today, while hiking we teased one young lady for packing an entire jumbo box of goldfish in her pack along with a pudding cup, not her best choice… Continue reading The Weight We Carry

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For the Lady who Complained Our White Mountains are “Disgraceful,” We Beg to Differ…

    Dear Mary Altz-Smith of Birmingham, AL, Recently, The Union Leader published your letter to the editor expressing your disappointment in the conditions of our White Mountain trails.   Respectfully, many of us who actually live here actually got quite a kick out of your complaints, including this incredible group of girls we have… Continue reading For the Lady who Complained Our White Mountains are “Disgraceful,” We Beg to Differ…

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Adapt: Setting a Course for the Future

On June 6-7, please consider NH Gives, a day of giving for NH non profit organizations. We all have many causes which are near and dear to our hearts.  Adapt (www.adaptnh.org) is just one of mine.   So please mark your calendars and check out the following link for more information: https://www.nhgives.org/organizations/adapt-703a3b1d-fe40-4a6d-876c-9450a2a99a62 Adapt is a… Continue reading Adapt: Setting a Course for the Future

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PUBLISHED on the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Blog: May 11, 2017

Let’s face it; most parenting is adaptive as we learn to adjust to the little people who come into our lives. Just when we believe we have found an answer, they grow, change, evolve, and send us back to the drawing table. This month, Geoff made a bold mood. He decided, while I was taking… Continue reading PUBLISHED on the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Blog: May 11, 2017

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Next Steps for Lincoln Woodstock: Let’s Build the Riverfront Park!

May 8 is an important date in the process of the Riverfront Park development, including many bits of awesomeness for young and old, local and tourist: an outdoor amphitheater, playground, dog park, canoe launch, and skate park.   Please consider joining us on May 8 at 5:30 at the Lincoln Town Hall as our voice is… Continue reading Next Steps for Lincoln Woodstock: Let’s Build the Riverfront Park!

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Thank you Earth for the Lessons You Teach Us Every Day, Not Just on Earth Day

There is an old Native American proverb which reads: “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Chief Seattle stated long ago: “The Earth does not belong to us.  We belong to the Earth.” The poet Khalil Gibran writes: “And forget not that the earth delights to feel… Continue reading Thank you Earth for the Lessons You Teach Us Every Day, Not Just on Earth Day