Pie for Breakfast

Bob worked in heavy equipment — bulldozers, wreckers, big trucks, little trucks. He said, “We’d get equipment out of Pease and fixed 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, …

Johnny Cash (one of my favorites) famously sang: “I’ve been everywhere, man.” I haven’t been everywhere, but I have been to Easton, New Hampshire. Can you say the same? On a magical Saturday night a couple of weeks ago, the Kinsman Valley Club hosted the community and me. We shared stories. Easton — population 266, …

Each fall I spend a happy hour or so with the Friendship Club of Laconia. We meet at the clubhouse at Levitt Park. The senior group meets every week and usually has a speaker or some special event, like Bingo. They take bus trips together. Enjoy special luncheons at area restaurants. These are folks who …

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 …