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  • Aboard the gundalow Piscataqua in Portsmouth NH
    Rivers run through history -- and fall scenery -- in New Hampshire
    When Henry David Thoreau recounted his 1839 Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers of New Hampshire, 175 years ago, he was far from the first to enjoy the perspective that life on the river brings to its shores. Yet Thoreau’s riverside...
  • The Hawthorne Inn, a warm and cozy place to get away to.in Concord Massachusetts
    Quick Getaway vacation to Concord Massachusetts (Photos)
    Just over half an hour from Boston by car or by train, Concord is a good destination for a low-key, relaxing winter getaway.Everyone tends to think of the historic sites of Lexington and Concord as places to go in the summer, but all of these...
  • Milkweed dispersing its seeds
    Celebrating weeds
    This article is written in celebration of weeds. Growing right under our noses (and sometimes overtopping our heads), weeds flourish in plain sight without garnering much attention. Perhaps we have learned to identify a few of them, and maybe we...
  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry and friends: The crowd at Walden
    In the sixth of Walden’s eighteen chapters, “Visitors,” Thoreau forcefully refutes the enduring myth that he lived as a hermit in the house that he built at Walden Pond. He wastes no time in distancing himself from the h-word, in...
  • Galanthus
    Thoughts on writing in nature and Thoreau
    There’s something about the quickening of the earth in spring that seems to bring out the whimsical in us all. We find ourselves staring out the window at the swelling leaf buds rather than at our computer screens. We revel in the first wild...
  • The WInter of our Disconnect by Susan Maushart
    The WInter of our Disconnect by Susan Maushart
    The Winter of our Disconnect by Susan Maushart is a witty account of how a family lived through six months without technology.No, their electricity wasn't cut off because they didn't pay their bill. Susan Maushart decided to see what would...
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    Top 5 things to do with a napkin..?
    Examiner.com...the greatest invention since The Napkin!(photo courtesy of D. Shore - GRAE)You know the feeling…it’s Friday afternoon! You’ve just completed a 60 hour week [for which you only get paid for 40 because your &lsquo...