Pie for Breakfast

Sometimes it’s just a word that strikes a chord. In a discussion of town meetings past (so what else is new), a voter recalled a selectman explaining the situation with the sand truck. He said, “We can probably get another year out of it but it’s tender.” Tender. A word used to mean, go easy. …

Frugal’s Just Another Word for Cheap Many years ago in a small town not so far away, “Mrs. Smith,” who was never happy, gave (according to a friend who lives in said town) a “fiery speech to the select board about how the tax rate was getting so high people like her were going to …

Bob worked in heavy equipment — bulldozers, wreckers, big trucks, little trucks. He said, “We’d get equipment out of Pease and fix it for them. The boss — Gibson Motor and Machine — he wanted to get the equipment back to Pease that day. “He says, ‘Christ, don’t go sleeping on the job.’ We said, …

On the darkest and longest night of the year —  December 20 — I attended a select board meeting in O’ Little Town of Northwood (where I live) to report on it for the local on-line paper — forumhome.org. It’s a great little paperless paper run entirely by volunteers. During a lull in the meeting …

The photo is of my family enjoying a Christmas gathering at the homestead on High Street in Danbury, New Hampshire, circa 1960. Traditions change. The homestead is long sold from the family but the good memories persist. Now I make new memories and enjoy new traditions. For the last seven years, I’ve spent one December …

Hello, Nashua. Thanks For the Stories Returned to the Nashua Library to tell stories and invite them. Always a warm welcome in Nashua. A number of stories bubbled up. These were three of my favorites. One is morbid and political and timely. Always a good combination. The second is a kid’s story of honesty and …

So many stories flying at me like fuzzy, friendly bats. And this one of particular interest during this Halloween season. From Goffstown, a discussion at town meeting of the deteriorating road through the cemetery — a hilly cemetery, a fairly steep hill — the voters seemed undecided. Should we spend the money to repair the …

Goffstown 1864—The Town faces Its Own Civil War In her book Goffstown Reborn , Elizabeth Dubrulle recounts a contentious meeting of March 8, 1864. Both Democrats and Republicans, she explains, were convinced that the other party was out to deprive them of their con- stitutional rights. In her research, she unearthed several versions of what …