I finished and shipped off the pumpkin feature, with photo. We planted two more blue point junipers. Husband and I got a cup of coffee and drove by the ocean like old people with nothing to do. (At least we didn’t feed the seagulls.)

When we got home a pilot friend was driving by and stopped when he saw us. Asked about some kind of saw he thought John had, for making wooden boards out of a tree, then we stood around in the driveway telling one story after another.

I caught up on paperwork and laundry, then took the senior teen out for after school ice cream at the beach. The breeze flew flags. Far off cumulus clouds blossomed like fat white flowers in cobalt blue fields. We licked our cones and looked.

She wanted to talk about the meaning of life, and the Albert Camus story The Myth of Sisyphus she read in AP Lit, and free will and purpose and reality and I was like, omigawd, my head hurts.

I said: “I don’t have time for philosophy because I’m too busy fulfilling my purpose. Did you remember to sign up for SAT Subject Tests in November? The deadline is Friday.”

Philosophy is at once the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits. It works in the minutest crannies and it opens out the widest vistas. It ‘bakes no bread’, as has been said, but it can inspire our souls with courage.

– William James

Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!

– Iris Murdoch

Plane crash report

Preliminary report on plane crash released

The pilot of the plane carrying two Lowell-area residents that crashed at Hampton Airfield in North Hampton last month apparently made no attempt to stop or turn the plane prior to impact, and appeared to be operating at full power, according to witness accounts in a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

‘Pops’ goes the Air Force

Enjoy some patriotic ‘Pops’

HAMPTON — The U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty will make a one-time appearance at the Winnacunnet High School Community Auditorium at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5.

The performance is part of the “On Silver Wings” tour and commemorates the Air Force’s 60th anniversary. Tickets are free and available to residents of the Seacoast and region.

Walk for Diabetes

Living with diabetes

When Beth Rowe was 7 years old, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease.

“Doctors told my parents I would be lucky to live to 21,” Rowe said.

That was 35 years ago. The energetic 42-year-old still has a spring in her step, walking 30 minutes to an hour every day, eating healthy foods, and keeping an eye on her portable pager-sized insulin pump.

America’s Walk for Diabetes: walks near me

Fall 4 u


Ruby red maples and other autumn color


It was windy yesterday, before and after thunderstorms

Husband and I visited a local nursery this morning to plant shop and for me to finish info gathering for my fall planting piece.

Who knew you can still plant, till about the end of October (but the sooner the better), perennials, shrubs and trees? And bulbs, of course.

We bought three blue point junipers to begin a screen of our increasingly busy road. They are about three and a half feet tall now. Of course we’ll probably be dead by the time they are full grown. (We like to say that about all the trees we plant.)

I’m campaigning for two more. Husband will give in. After all, trees and shrubs are 50% off at North Hill Nursery now.

I’m also working on a story about pumpkins. You can eat them, you know. And there are other varieties besides jack-o-lantern, bright orange, ubiquitous roadside, garden center, grocery store pumpkins. Think outside the rind!

I am making pumpkin soup just now. Smells like harvest heaven.

Stay tuned for more on New Hampshire’s Official State Fruit, including a local grower of heirloom varieties.