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Opinion: An ode to gardening
06-01-2024 8:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. After finishing planting my little vegetable garden, I feel great. The rototiller gave me a better workout than the gym, and my new...

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Opinion: Returning to an ecological way of being
06-08-2024 7:30 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com I enjoyed doing the research for my gardening essay last week. It enticed me to dig deeper into the essence of gardening. I started...


“It’s a miracle” – Family to attend funeral of missing World War II soldier from Northwood
05-24-2024 2:35 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

From Tunisia, during World War II, Richard Hammond wrote a letter home to Northwood, New Hampshire. He was a young soldier in his 20s serving in the war and his sister was about to have a baby at home.“Has Barbara had the baby yet,” he wrote to his...


Opinion: How many ways does wood heat warm?
05-24-2024 2:22 PM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. This essay is a continuation of last week’s piece questioning the value of new technology like Apple’s latest iPad. Yes, this...


Opinion: Technology and the human brain
05-18-2024 6:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com Is technology crushing human creativity? That was the question asked in the May 11 article in the Concord Monitor about a recent Apple...


Opinion: Entropy has been weighing on my mind and body
05-11-2024 7:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. “Even the words that we are speaking now / thieving time has stolen away, / and nothing can return,” – Horace’s Odes, 23 BCWatching my...


Opinion: It all started at Columbia
05-04-2024 8:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. I need to vent about the college protests. I am beside myself, appalled at my country’s unconditional military support of Israel’s...


Opinion: Back to the future or no future at all, it’s our choice
04-13-2024 6:30 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. What would an old Yankee think? Around Jenness Pond, it used to be an April Fool’s joke to tell folks the ice was out when it wasn’t....


Opinion: Invasive political forces plundering New Hampshire
03-16-2024 8:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. Traditionally, New Hampshire folks have been known to be self-reliant, maybe to the extent of appearing standoffish, because of our...


Opinion: A modest proposal to save the world
03-09-2024 8:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. With our mild weather so far this year, New Hampshire has avoided calamitous climate change. Texas hasn’t been so lucky with its...


Opinion: Are we still creatures or machines?
02-25-2024 7:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. We fool ourselves by believing if only we had more facts and better technology, we could solve any problem, even climate change and,...


Northwood school board member resigns over offensive social media activity
02-21-2024 4:57 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

A Northwood school board member who posted racist and vulgar messages on social media resigned Tuesday, a day before the school board was set to discuss his conduct.Gary Caron’s social media activity, which included racist and sexually explicit posts...


Opinion: Silence isn’t nothing, silence is everything
02-18-2024 7:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. As a teenager, I avoided silence at all costs. Even in nature, I had a crackling transistor radio glued to my ear, tuned to the beat of...


Opinion: Living with a MAGA romantasy
02-11-2024 7:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. Listening to PBS like the old fogy I am, I discovered that among the hip, a new fiction genre is sweeping the country: It’s called...


Opinion: Due diligence in developing clean energy projects
02-10-2024 6:30 AM

By JIM HADLEY

Jim Hadley lives in Northwood. Recently, the New Hampshire House, Science, and Technology Committee held a public hearing on a bill (HB 1623) that would slow the clean energy transition in the state. As a former state energy official in both New...


Opinion: The enchanted life
01-24-2024 6:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. When I was young, I wasn’t religious. After I got back from Vietnam, God was dead. Enchantment was a foreign concept to me. A rare...


Opinion: From an agrarian tool to a Clint Eastwood western
01-07-2024 8:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. Here’s a little-known historical fact: Northwood had turkey shoots in the hardscrabble 1950s before the flatlanders flocked here, when...


Opinion: Waking up in the dark forest
12-31-2023 8:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. How the world changes. I have an anxiety disorder. In the psychological stone age that existed sixty years ago, I repressed that...


Opinion: Who is Donald Trump?
12-10-2023 6:30 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. I valued the time I spent as a graduate student in sociology for what I learned about society. While attending, I earned money building...


Hockey previews: Concord looking for more scoring options this season
12-09-2023 8:36 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL and DAN ATTORRI

When Bedford’s Javin Manfield slid the puck past the outstretched reach of Concord goalie Kal Gaudreault to beat the Tide in overtime in last season’s Division I boys’ hockey semifinal, it felt like the end of an era of dominance for Concord boys’...


Boys’ basketball previews: Pembroke optimistic after championship appearance
12-07-2023 4:28 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBELand DAN ATTORRI

Even though Pembroke graduated nine seniors from last year’s team that lost to Pelham by three in the Division II championship, head coach Mike Donnell’s optimistic about his retooled roster entering 2023-24.Senior Joe Fitzgerald will be the only...

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