Tag: New England

Pumpkin Chucking

 

If you would enjoy some October entertainment that isn’t geared toward cheap horror or sugar highs, have I got a treat for you. It’s a little book of poetry called Pumpkin Chucking, by Stephen Scaer (Able Muse Press, 2013. You can get it here.)

I don’t remember how I ran across this wonderful volume, but according to my Amazon account I bought it in March of 2014. I read it in one sitting, which is not usual for me when it comes to poetry.

Ready or not, America, here it comes: Early polling from “First In The Nation” New Hampshire says it’s President Trump vs Pocahontas. Circle the wagons!  We discuss it with pollster David Paleologos.

What’s it like to be the token conservative at one of America’s most liberal newspapers? We ask the Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby.

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(NOTE: The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, New Hampshire’s original free-market think tank, publishes a weekly email newsletter.  This week’s newsletter is a little rumination on partisanship. It’s posted below, in full, for your consideration.  If you enjoyed this essay, you can sign up for the free Friday newsletter here.)   Preview Open

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A Southern (Comfort) Christmas and Other Quirky Stories

 

So, my husband was given a gift basket and a very nice cash bonus by his boss this week. When he brought home the basket, I said “Boy! This is a real Southern Christmas basket!” His boss and my husband left one company and went out on their own almost three years ago and it has been a great success, well over a million dollars already and no corporate stress.

His boss is a no-nonsense, conservative young Southerner who loves his family and the benefits of working hard. In the basket were some hand-painted salt dough ornaments from his small children, local honey, handmade soap, various homemade sugary treats, a bottle of top-shelf Kentucky bourbon and a mason jar with some hooch – white lightning! Christmas in the South!

I recalled when we took up residence in my husband’s grandmother’s small, tin-roof cottage one year, located on a mountainside in northwest Georgia. We had just left Boston and I couldn’t get used to the hustle that Atlanta had become. I missed the quiet of a New England town. The little cottage, with a red smokehouse, needed some TLC – the water pump didn’t work, there was a rumor of snakes that had gotten into the damn oven, (I think my father-in-law made that up to get a rise out of me) and I was up for the challenge.

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It’s been a year since my last visit to New England. If you don’t care about politics among Boston lefties, good for you. Feel free to skip this post. Here’s a picture I took this rainy morning in New Hampshire so you won’t feel like you wasted a click. So little has changed since last […]

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Changing of the Guard

 
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Hartford Mayor-elect Luke Bronin (left) and current Mayor Pedro Segarra.

Yesterday, Hartford selected its new mayor. To be precise, it was primary day, and the Democratic Party selected its candidate. But in this Democrat-dominated Northeastern city, the winner of the primary is almost certain to win the general election in November.

Hillary Clinton and Lake Wobegon Economics

 

marketbasket41On Thursday, Hillary Clinton invoked the famous (in New England) Market Basket saga while campaigning in New Hampshire:

Using last summer’s epic corporate showdown among members of the Demoulas family over the future of the [supermarket] chain, Clinton said customers realized “it’s not just shareholders who make you profitable, it’s everyone who buys things in their stores … the people at the cash register and stocking their shelves.”

She continued:

Globalization, Competition and My Wet Basement

 

In New England, a dehumidifier is pretty much a required appliance in spring and summer. That goes double in my neighborhood, which was built on swampland in the 1950s.

Last spring, I received a notice that my dehumidifier – U.S.-branded, but manufactured in China – was subject to a safety recall. Apparently there were some instances of similar units catching fire. By shipping back certain parts, I was entitled to a gift card and discount coupon towards a new one. Grumbling, I removed the parts, sent them back, and waited for my coupon. After it came, I shlepped out to the store, shopped for a new dehumidifier, and shlepped the new unit home.