Fitness | Hiking | History

Hiking Mount Jackson (New Hampshire)

Too many weekends since I last hiked to a summit. Basically, I skipped December for the holidays, and was feeling the built-up restlessness that comes with knowing you’ve got things to do. I’d planned for Hale, but latched on to other’s plans for Mount Jackson for the views and banter of friends. Mount Jackson is…

Culture | History

America Will Fix Itself

Yesterday was ugly in America, and there will be more ugly days ahead. Angry, misguided people tend to lash out, especially when emboldened in a mob and spurred on by an orange tyrant. America was slapped across the face and abused, but she’s rising up and fixing the demons that haunt her. We have a…

History | Lifestyle | Philosophy | Travel | Wildlife

Awaiting Discovery

“It is remarkable that men do not sail the sea with more expectation. Nothing remarkable was ever accomplished in a prosaic mood. The heroes and discoverers have found true more than was previously believed, only when they were expecting and dreaming of something more than their contemporaries dreamed of, or even themselves discovered, that is,…

Culture | History | Travel

Halifax Christmas Tree

If you live in Boston or Halifax you likely know Boston’s Christmas tree is an annual gift from Halifax. Since 1971 Halifax has sent a tree to Boston. Fifty years of tree giving. This isn’t inconsequential. The cost of transporting a tree 700 miles to Boston surely add up. So why make the commitment at…

Culture | History

Norumbega

“Not on Penobscot’s wooded bank the spiresOf the sought City rose, nor yet besideThe winding Charles, nor where the daily tideOf Naumkeag’s haven rises and retires,The vision tarried; but somewhere we knew 5The beautiful gates must open to our quest,Somewhere that marvellous City of the WestWould lift its towers and palace domes in view,And, lo!…

Art | Culture | History | Learning

November and the Ninth Wave

“November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning “nine”) when January and February were added to the Roman calendar.” – Wikipedia And there it is: November. I’ve wondered about October before. I mean, “octo” is eight yet October was the tenth month. I hadn’t thought much about the origin of November until I stared…