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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,...

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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...


Opinion: Restoring craftsmanship to save the world
12-03-2023 8:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. I have fond memories of “old skinny,” a super-flexible carving knife my father cherished that had been passed down from his father. We...


Opinion: Are stones and stories alive?
11-26-2023 6:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. I was a hardscape stonemason for twenty years, building walkways, terraces, and dry-laid stonewalls. My favorite task was building...


Soccer: All-State rosters released; Coe-Brown’s Hils, Bow’s Smith named D-II Coach of the Year
11-18-2023 8:24 AM

By DAN ATTORRI

Area coaches swept the Division II Coach of the Year awards, 21 area players were named to their respective First Team rosters and dozens more dotted the All-State lists that were released by the New Hampshire Soccer Coaches Association on...


Cross country: Area runners compete at New Englands
11-12-2023 9:37 PM

By DAN ATTORRI

Ten area runners competed at the New England Interscholastic Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, Maine.Hopkinton freshman Maddy Lane finished 17th in the girls’ race, the best finish by an area runner,...


Opinion: Sorrow, grief, and trouble sit like vultures on my psychic fence⁠
11-12-2023 7:30 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. A few years ago, I photographed five vultures attempting to warm up on a cold winter morning by spreading their wings toward the sun. I...


Opinion: Dying can be a dance, not a battle
11-05-2023 7:30 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. Why do so many obituaries praise the dead for waging a heroic battle against their fate? Why does death have to be described as such a...


Opinion: Mindful forgetting
10-15-2023 11:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. The cricket’s persistent song of autumn used to haunt me, reminding me how brief life is, especially now I’m old. But it doesn’t have to...


Opinion: Being blind doesn’t mean you can’t see
10-01-2023 6:30 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. Being blind doesn’t mean you can’t see.I had an epiphany reading about how a blind man could still see — and, surprisingly, in a more...


Opinion: An eye on the storm
09-17-2023 8:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. As I write this, Lee, a major hurricane, is slowly churning northward off the eastern seaboard. While it’s too early to tell where it...


Northwood man killed in motorcycle crash over the weekend 
07-10-2023 2:07 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

A Northwood man, 77, was killed Saturday from injuries sustained during a collision involving his motorcycle and another vehicle, police said. At around 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Northwood Police Department responded to Route 4 in the vicinity of Blakes...

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