August 30, 2019

When I was a kid, a family friend from Cyprus came to stay with us. There was so much to show him in New Hampshire! We admired the boulders at the Flume, sunbathed on Hampton Beach, and rode the Cog. He probably thought we did these things all the time. Rocks, water, a...

November 28, 2018

Dear Ms. Moose:
My relatives have been declining my special homemade fruitcakes for years, citing allergies. When I asked what they were allergic to, Aunt Hetty pointedly replied, “Cat,” referring to one minor incident of pet hair contamination in 1993. Last year, thin...

June 4, 2018

It's June in New Hampshire, a time of warmth and renewal. A time when life returns to the veldt behind your walls.

It starts when you’re awakened in the dead of night. Scritch, scratch, scuttle. You close your eyes. It was only a dream.

Scritch. Scratch. Scuttle.

There it...

October 21, 2017

Well, looks like we’re here for another edition of What Ails You? I’m your host, Ms. Moose, here to answer all your burning questions.

Dear Ms. Moose,

My idiot son-in-law has gifted us a 60-pound turkey for Thanksgiving. Since, for some reason, he and my daughter always...

April 20, 2017

Benning Wentworth lorded over the brand-spanking-new Granite State from 1741 to 1767. But how much do you know about him?

1. He was super rich. Sure, his family was wealthy — his ancestor, Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, was BFFs with King Charles I. (Until he wasn...

October 7, 2016

Are you ready to show some love for local lore this Halloween? Sure, New York has the Headless Horseman, Massachusetts has the witch trials and Maine has the chupacabra (no, really, look it up), but New Hampshire has its own lineup of awesome costume possibilities. Her...

July 14, 2016

Some say New Hampshire has the shortest coastline of any state in the US (I’m looking at you, Wikipedia). I say what we lack in length, we make up for in dangerous currents. I mean heart. And seafood.

My father’s first word was “frycram.” Forget Mama and Dada, he was...

January 14, 2016

Hour One: The first flicker is a surprise. “Where’s Cake Boss?” Granny snaps. I click the remote. Then the lights go off: power outage.

Between telephone poles, the lines sag with ice. Kinda pretty, actually. Maybe I’ll read an improving book. By candlelight!

Hour Tw...

June 11, 2015

What’s the second most spoken language in New Hampshire? Quelle surprise, it’s French! Even if your family doesn’t hail from the (even more) Frigid North, you may have tasted poutine, worn a tuque, or frozen your fesses off.

My grandparents were born into French-speak...

April 15, 2015

If you’re flying to Manchester from parts south after dark, you get a great view of the East Coast — a massive Philly/New York/Providence/Boston monster that glitters its way along the coast until it fizzles into a black hole that’s apparently trying to eat Canada.

Th...

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