Valley Life

Thursday, May 21, 2015
AMHERST Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St. 673-2288, library@amherst.lib.nh.us, amherstlibrary.org. MINDFULNESS: SIMPLE STEPS, NO CUSHION REQUIRED The Amherst Town Library welcomes Paula Koppel in the presentation, “Mindfulness: Simple Steps, No …
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Once upon a time they banned songs because of “questionable” or, help us all, “suggestive” lyrics. The first one I remember, in the early 1960s, was “Little Egypt” by The …
Thursday, May 14, 2015
AMHERST – The Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce presented the Chaplain’s Emergency Relief Fund a check for $20,000 as a result of their Vince For Vets benefit auction featuring Vince …
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Somebody I love dearly hung up on me the other day because I was being an ass, which I doubt surprises you. Because she was on a cell phone, she …
Thursday, May 7, 2015
AMHERST – The magic word “chocolate” has a pull that brought an overflow crowd to the Amherst Town Library last week. And when the word was linked to the name …
Thursday, April 30, 2015 | By KATHY CLEVELAND Staff Writer
Let us now speak of Postum, the grain beverage once beloved in ... well, our house, anyway, but now no longer made, replaced by whatever one can find, in our …
Thursday, April 30, 2015
MILFORD – Bookstores across the nation are preparing for Independent Bookstore Day, a country-wide celebration of books and independent bookstores on Saturday, May 2. “We are very excited that Independent …
Thursday, April 30, 2015
The other day I was thinking about Randy Wicker, I don’t know why. Didn’t know him, never met him, but saw him on television a couple of times in the …
Thursday, April 23, 2015
So, I drive a 24-year-old Volvo. Actually, I drive two 24-year-old Volvos, although one technically belongs to my daughter. I have hers right now and she has mine because the …
Thursday, April 16, 2015
I subscribe to The Atlantic magazine, a monthly that has, often, some very interesting stories but one of its most interesting features is the question it asks on its final …
Thursday, April 9, 2015
I know there are some folks – John Keller of Channel 4 in Boston among them – who wonder why newspapers, television and radio stations bother to cover such presidential …
Thursday, April 2, 2015
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 …
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
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