Sunday, April 27, 2014

General John Stark talk at the Apotheca in Goffstown, NH

Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.

How can you not like our state motto?
Attributed to a toast made by General John Stark on July 31st, 1809

On Sunday we celebrated my Mom's birthday by attending a talk at Apotheca  in Goffstown, NH

It was fitting that Rodney Stark (who is related to John Stark) gave the talk. He shared books with the audience describing both John and Molly Stark.

Rodney was assisted by Sandy Whipple, Adult Services and Outreach at the Goffstown Public Library. Sandy had prepared some cookies and other foods that would have been served at tea in the Revolutionary times.

Sandy Whipple and Rodney Stark

Just in time for high tea

Texting General Washington

Helpful assistant delivered more cookies during the talk

General Stark

General Stark

Betty Poltrack and Rodney Stark
My mom is a member of the New Boston Historical Society which currently has the Molly Stark cannon on display in New Boston

Illustration from one of Rodney's books showing John Stark running the gauntlet when he was captured by Native Americans. Apparently he managed to impress them with his fighting skills and gain their respect.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A look back - 5 years ago along the streets of New Ipswich

In December of 2008 our town experienced a massive ice storm
We were out of power for 12 days and burned through a winter's worth of firewood so we could stay in the house.

By April of 2009, this was the common sight along the streets of town. Huge brush piles along the streets, awaiting pickup.

My pile was rather modest. I grew tired of hauling and just let it lay where it fell

I guess it wasn't all bad, plenty of firewood was available (all from fallen trees)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

118th Boston Marathon

Boston Strong was the rallying cry and the Marathon showed the  resilience of this great city, with a great comeback after the bombings of 2013

For the first time in over 30 years an American,  Meb Keflezighi finished the marathon with the incredible time of 2:08:37

However we were not for Meb but for our daughter who ran with an enormous group of dedicated runners

My daughter enjoying a cold beer and some "shuffle fries" at the Lincoln Pub in Southie
Post Race

Father - Daughter moment

Coming in Strong at the finish line

The finish line area had extra security with bag checks and magnetometer wands

Lots of press in evidence. Look it's Telemundo

Some street musicians livened it up

Huge crowds of people produce huge amounts of ...

At least they tried

It was quite warm on Marathon Monday, bad for runners great for kids

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A look back - March 2009

It doesn't happen very often but occasionally my Clivia will bloom.
Usually when I let it enjoy some of the cooler outdoor temperatures.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A look back - December 2008 at the Mariposa Museum

The Mariposa Museum and World Cultural Center located in Peterborough, NH is a wonderful place to learn about other cultures. I've attended many of their events. These photos were taken of a young dance troupe performing classical Indian dance

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Eyesore for Sale, just $179,000

As the winter snows melt away some of the ugliness reemerges. Sadly Central School is still vacant, still for sale and still an eyesore.

This is UGLY

Winter was tough

Friday, April 04, 2014

Thursday, April 03, 2014

More feeder photos from 2008

These guys are one of my favorites
From November 2008

Handsome male or is it female? Only the birds know the difference

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

At the feeder - October 2008

Looking back to October 2008
lunchtime at the feeder

On the wing

Muted colors

Straight on