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Legislators working together

In the last few weeks, life in the State House and our state has changed dramatically. To help stop the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health and wellbeing of our members, staff and the public, we made the unprecedented decision to suspend all legislative activities through May 4, in ...

Japanese Anime for Collectors

Tokyo, Japan, a city that features Asian art and antiques juxtaposed with contemporary art, where visitors would be struck by the importance of animation art or anime in the bustling Asian city. For collectors, anime has a long history and great appeal. While the first Japanese animated ...

March milder, drier than usual

March 2020 came in like a lamb but made an exit like a lion. A rather dry start to the month was followed by a stormier second half, including a burst of heavy, wet snow. Chilly temperatures were in place as March began, but as we’ve seen since the first of the year, mild weather would take ...

‘Jour Cinq’: Stay at home – or all aboard the crazy train

In the immortal musical words of Napoleon XIV, “they’re coming to take me away.” OK, so it’s not that bad. After all, we’re only on day six of hunkering down. There are other things that take you away. A Calgon bath. Your mate’s breath in the morning. Kidnappers. As I social ...

In times of trial, music soothes

When looking at how COVID-19 is exploding across the globe like a surging tsunami gathering strength as it races across open waters, it is quite normal, and very human, to be held in the grip of fear. In just the last few weeks, we have been hit by the sobering reality that this is real, and ...

Every little bit helps

Each of us is confronting the coronavirus in different ways. Some are self-quarantining, practicing social distancing, home -schooling and yes, some are ill. All are facing this virus and doing what they can to help their communities. As many of you may know, the United Way of Greater Nashua ...

Teachers do make an impact

Teachers – both elementary and high school – can have a significant impact on someone’s life, one that truly can last a lifetime. From my first-grade teacher Ruth Ruf to high school English teacher Cyndy Goldsworthy, band director Mike Winland and history and journalism teacher Jim ...

Legislation sends emergency relief to N.H.

We are faced with an unprecedented public health and economic emergency with the spread of the virus in New Hampshire and across the United States. As I traveled to Washington, D.C., before dawn on Friday morning to vote for the largest economic relief package in American history, I reflected ...

It’s getting lonely out there, but that’s a really good thing, for now

No matter where we go, what we do or which way we turn, there’s no escaping the fact our daily lives have taken a turn toward a place no living man or woman has gone before. We head there not because we’re curious and adventurous like Captain Kirk and his crew were (and still are, thanks ...

Paid family medical leave needed in N.H.

It started with a pain in my shoulder blade. Deep. Throbbing. The first three doctors blamed a pulled muscle. Over a period of two months, I saw multiple specialists trying to find the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. The pain continued, spreading, down my arm, shooting, shocking, tinging, ...

Caregiving in the era of COVID-19

Even in ordinary times, the 177,000 unpaid family caregivers across the Granite State face a daunting set of daily tasks. Oftentimes with little or no training, they may be responsible for wound care, tube feedings, dressing, managing the finances and medical bills of their loved ones, ...

Here’s to the helpers

If you spend any amount of time on social media these days, you’re likely familiar with the popular Fred Rogers meme that gets circulated during times of crisis in which he remembers his mother telling him to, “look for the helpers.” Much like Mister Rogers’ mother’s intent at ...

We are in this together

Many times over the years I have written about how newspapers are navigating a new frontier. At The Telegraph, we have been on the forefront of change since our inception in 1832. First there was the printing press, then linotype. We progressed to the era of computers for writing stories and ...

Gimme shelter

OK, although a great rock tune from the past, right now, that’s probably the last thing anyone is wanting more of. With shelter-in-place recommendations hopefully being adhered to by most, we all need some respite from COVID-19. I now long for the days when Corona was just a beer and social ...

Local economy needs our support; in doing so, we all benefit

More than ever, our world is changing before our very eyes - quite literally. We watch the news and shake our heads. We hug our loved ones a little tighter, and reach out to those we haven’t spoken to in some time. Maybe we’re even repairing some rickety bridges. So many of us are waking ...

It’s time to face the facts: Don’t touch your face

As our collective stock in toilet paper recovers from the horrific Charmin crash of March 2020, (I found several rolls for sale on eBay), I’m reminded of Donald Trump at the beginning of the month in a meeting with airline CEOs amid the coronavirus sprawling across the globe. White House ...

Social distancing can have a psychological impact

NASHUA – “Stuck inside these four walls,” begins the Paul McCartney and Wings’ 1973 hit “Band of the Run,” off its album of the same name. “Stuck inside forever,” or so it may seem to some. By now, as we enter unexplored territory, we’re all quickly learning that keeping our ...