Valley Life

As I’ve mentioned many times, I have neither cable TV (town’s too small) nor a dish (trees too tall) and I always felt left out and sad and blue when folks like you got to watch things like World Cup on ESPN or Turner Classic …

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Sometimes I surprise myself with how really ... well, I can’t find the word but it comes down to this: Sometimes, the things I think are funny and fully expect …
Thursday, March 19, 2015
MILFORD – Lyndeborough and Temple are two local towns well known as centers of glass-making in the 19th century. On March 18 the Milford Historical Society’s first public meeting of …
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Okay, I’m just going to say this, get it out in the open right now and if it offends you, well, I’m not going to apologize for it like, oh, …
Thursday, March 12, 2015
So, recently, while waiting to abuse my tender and, unfortunately, old body in a Body Pump class at Hampshire Hills, I got into a discussion about the methods of shoveling …
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Right, so, Valentine’s Day is over for another year and then we’ll get to ... what? Celebrate? I don’t. Fortunately, my wife thinks Valentine’s Day is stupid. You know why? …
Thursday, February 26, 2015
My late grandmother on my mother’s side said many interesting things during her life and one of them was: “It’s too cold to snow.” It’s possible, of course, that she …
Thursday, February 19, 2015
If I hear or read the phrase “the run up to” one more time, I’m going to run up to a wall and smash my head against it really hard …
Thursday, February 12, 2015
I have a terrible habit of referring to a group of people, regardless of its gender makeup, as “guys.” For instance, when I am leaving Hampshire Hills after my usual …
Thursday, February 5, 2015
I’m guilty. I have a feeling many of you are, too, but let’s make this all about me. And why not? I am guilty of paying FAR more attention to …
Thursday, January 29, 2015
I’m sure there was a time, maybe not too long ago, when I was an impolite toad. Either that or just oblivious to politeness. But now I’m a politeness nutcase …
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Our Christmas tree is still up. (What? Whatta you mean holiday tree? Get away from me. It’s a Christmas tree.) Anyway, it’s still up and that’s not new; it’s almost …
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Now and then, I obsess. Usually I obsess about things over which I have a modicum of control, like exercise. I was antsy all day on Jan. 1, for instance, …
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Oh, God, it’s a new year. Isn’t that supposed to be a good thing? Yes, but why? Because hope springs eternal? Because anything that’s new has to be better than …
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Sometimes when I’m cooking or baking, I pop my laptop onto the kitchen counter and watch something stashed on my instant Netflix. For a long time I was watching reruns …
Thursday, December 25, 2014
So, Christmas is a week away, but you knew that. Heck, three months ago you probably knew how many days it was until Christmas. What, you don’t count the days …
Thursday, December 18, 2014
So, how was your Thanksgiving? Listen, I know you’re stand-up folks who don’t like to complain, who never whine. That’s where I come in. I’ll complain and whine for you, …
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Because I was brought up Catholic, I was never lucky enough to celebrate Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and Repentance on which my Jewish friends were able to atone …
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Well, Thanksgiving is upon us and you know what that means: Christmas shopping. Do it now or ... Or what? You’ll have to do it later? My mother prided herself …
Thursday, November 27, 2014
My daughter talked me into taking a Body Pump class at Hampshire Hills. Easy for her to say. She normally takes Body Combat at her gym in Portsmouth, but the …
Thursday, November 20, 2014
My daughter’s best friend from childhood has died. His name was Thaddeus Novak and some of you might know him as a columnist for the Bleacher Report, but I know …
Thursday, November 13, 2014
So, Halloween is almost upon us and I suddenly have an overwhelming desire to find a pair of six-shooters, some chaps and a 10-gallon hat and go trick or treating …
Thursday, October 30, 2014
So, how is an adult supposed to react when he hears other adults talking like 12-year-olds? Recently, I heard two guys, in their 40s or better, talking about something or …
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Someone I know said she could never vote for Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator who represents Massachusetts, because “she lied about being an American Indian.” I don’t think she did. …
Thursday, September 25, 2014
I am in love with an Australian barrister whose name is Cleaver Greene. Well, “love” might be a little strong. He is, after all, a man and while there are …
Thursday, September 11, 2014
OK, so you’re sitting at home in the middle of the day and you’re listening to somebody opine on the radio about sports and you have an opinion so you …
Thursday, August 28, 2014
OK, so here’s the thing: I’m a person who’s first inclination is to lie. It doesn’t matter what it’s about or what the question to me might be, I just …
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Every one of my family and friends knows that I miss California. My decade in the Golden State was a love affair from the start. Driving through the rolling hills …
Thursday, August 14, 2014 | By KATHLEEN PALMER Staff Writer
When I was a child, I thought like a child. The days of summer were long and lazy; filled with morning cartoons, carefree bicycle rides, nature hikes that lasted for …
Thursday, August 14, 2014
If you go WILTON – Back in 1848, three sisters living in Hydesville, New York, set the world on its ear when they claimed to be in direct contact with spirits of the …
Thursday, August 7, 2014 | By ERIC STANWAY Correspondent
MILFORD – It’s not a big glittery casino – those aren’t allowed in New Hampshire, at least not yet. But Milford has a place for players. The River Card Room, …
Thursday, July 31, 2014 | By KATHY CLEVELAND Staff Writer
The New England John Deere Expo returns, Aug. 22-24, to the spacious property that is the grounds of the Hillsborough County 4-H Youth Center, an agricultural activities center for kids …
Thursday, July 31, 2014 | By LORETTA JACKSON Staff Writer
I suppose it’s OK that the Germans won the World Cup. We’re all friends now, right? Remember what Tom Lehrer said about the Germans: “We taught them a lesson in …
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Batman passes the ball to Superman, while Wonderwoman tries to intercept it on the bounce. When the horn sounds at 9 a.m., the basketball is forgotten and the children of …
Thursday, July 24, 2014 | By: HEATHER FYFE Correspondent
Unpredictable events and accidents happen every day. We don’t start the day with a crystal ball; and it is that very sense of chaos and mystery that make life so …
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Now and then, I do something amazingly stupid: I listen to, or watch, sports guys talking about sports. Some of them know what they’re talking about, some of them roll …
Thursday, July 17, 2014
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