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Vets Cover III

Veterans Memorial Island is a story of the collision between peace and war, the American Dream and protest, children and parents. It’s a short memoir of a place and a time. Read it here.


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“The Happiest Country Mouse”: New Hampshire Magazine
Thomas Dreier knew that we live in our idea of the world, as much as we live in the world. Our ideas create our landscapes, give us the language we use, and define what we are capable of seeing. Read the short essay in the April 2017 New Hampshire magazine.

And listen to a short interview on New Hampshire Public Radio.

“An Open and Shut Case: Lessons from an Old Latch”: New Hampshire Home
Too many people bully old houses, knocking down walls, loading in granite counters and stainless steel, when a softer touch would be best. Old houses can be patient teachers. Read the short essay in the March/April 2017 New Hampshire Home.

“A Beautiful Refuge”: Yankee
New England’s covered bridges can reawaken our senses, offering us the childlike-feeling of hiding out in a treehouse. An excerpt from Sheds. Read the short essay in the September/October 2016 Yankee.

“Sheds for New Hampshire Homes”: New Hampshire Home
An excerpt from Sheds. Read the short essay in the July/August 2016 New Hampshire Home.

“Power Struggles”: Yankee
From the moment a big company draws a line across your land and includes it in their plans for a big, interstate natural gas pipeline, you’re already living with the pipeline. Once it’s proposed, your life has changed – maybe forever. The battle over Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Direct Pipeline in the January/February 2016 Yankee.

“Follow Us”: Yankee
My Journey From Nimby to Yimby (Yes in My Backyard). How to meet New England’s energy needs without polluting, disruptive pipelines and Big Oil. The results of my “Yimby Journey” in the March/April 2016 Yankee. Here’s a hint: “All that’s really left of that old, undisrupted, pre-digital world is our power grid. That power bill you pay monthly, that’s not just your father’s bill; that’s your great-grandfather’s bill. Our grid is just an aging version of how it was in its pioneering days at the start of the last century.”

“Planting Elms”: New Hampshire Home
Some people buy lottery tickets; we plant elms. We plant them hoping that these spindly saplings will dodge Dutch Elm Disease and outrun the other elm pathogens to rise up in their graceful vase form and maybe even become a “great, green cloud swelling in the horizon.” Read the short essay in the July/August 2015 New Hampshire Home.

“The Memory Keepers”: Yankee
In the Age of Peak Distraction can New England’s small history museums survive? Why should we go look at an old shoe in a glass case? Why, in fact, go anywhere? Just Google it. Read the story in the March/April 2015 Yankee.

“Thy Neighbor’s House (And Why It Is Tasteless)”: New Hampshire Home                            In America we have a lot to say about our neighbor’s house. Mostly we find it in bad taste.  Read the short essay in the May/June 2014 New Hampshire Home.

“An American Dilemma: Your Clutter or Your Life”: The L.A. Times
Clutter is the cholesterol of the home; it’s clogging the hearth.  A short excerpt from Dwelling in Possibility. Read more here.  Or in The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Denver Sun, The Tampa Tribune, The Athens Banner-Herald or The Las Vegas Sun.

“Mending Fences”: Yankee
What one old pasture fence taught me about tools, neighbors, and what fences really want. Read the short essay in the September/October 2013 Yankee

“My Roots are Deeper Than Your Pockets”: Yankee
Rod McAllister could have sold his dairy farm for $4 million dollars. But where would he be? He would have sold himself off the earth. Rod is just one of many in the North County of New Hampshire who are taking a stand against having their home cut up by the transmission lines of the proposed Northern Pass project. Read the story in the March/April 2013 Yankee or read it here>

“I Will Not Leave.” Romaine Tenney Loved His Farm to Death: Yankee
In the Summer of 1964 a bachelor Vermont farmer faces the new Interstate highway coming right through his house and barns. A tragic love story. Read it in the March/April 2013 Yankee or read it here>

War of the Roses: YankeeFor 20 years I have struggled to hold at bay an invasive plant with the strongest will to live that I’ve ever seen up close. Read the story in the July/August 2012 issue of Yankee.

The Perilous Career of a Footpath: Terrain.org
A footpath is simple, but it is easily overwhelmed. If you save the path, you save so much more — once you fight off the “uniform traffic code” and the engineers.
Read more here>

Our Closets, Ourselves: New Hampshire Home
Clutter is an obsession of our era. Clutter is the cholesterol of the home; it’s clogging the hearth. Two hundred years ago, our domestic world was completely opposite. Houses were crowded with people, not things.

In Praise of Bob Houses: Yankee
Those small little fishing shacks that are dragged out on the ice each winter may not look like much, but they are plywood castles. And in a Bob House you can enjoy a lakefront home for free.
Read more here>

The Caretaker of the Clock: Yankee
For almost a half century Bob Fogg has kept the meetinghouse clock running true in Hancock, New Hampshire. It’s just a matter of being faithful and attending to a few crises when the clockworks were suddenly jammed up.
Read more here>

The Old Chair: New Hampshire Home
What a cast-off, paint splattered, hard-used antique Queen Anne-style dining room chair can teach us about appreciating the rougher qualities of New Hampshire. Read the story in the May/June 2011 issue of New Hampshire Home.

Daylight Savings Time: New York Times Op-ed page
Daylight Savings Time is an odd contraption. We keep pushing the clock around in a way we don’t dare with other measurements. (We don’t use different inches in the winter and the summer.) Here’s a quick look at our time obsession that I wrote for The New York Times opinion page.
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
Read more here >

Digging Dirt: The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine
In another recession, long ago, I had a summer job selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door. I worked with veteran salesmen. I’ve written a short recollection in The Boston Globe
Read more here >

Memorial Day: Boston Globe Op-ed page.
Memorial Day has lost its meaning because it succeeded. Established in 1868 to reunite a divided country, Memorial Day has been reduced to the opening bell of summer (Remember Me Day). We can reinvigorate this holiday by recalling a war that many Americans don’t even know was fought — King Philip’s War.
Read more here >

The Hidden Magic of Beauport: The Magazine Antiques
Here’s a place you should consider visiting if you find yourself North of Boston this summer — the mysterious house on the water called Beauport. It is “a dream that a house might have if it dreamed.”
Read more here >

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Zimmerman House: The Magazine Antiques
This house is not aging. It is getting more modern as the years pass.
Read more here >


TV


NH Writers Series
New Hampshire’s poets, novelists and authors talk with writer and humorist Rebecca Rule in a series of one-on-one conversations before audiences at the University of New Hampshire’s Dimond Library. The interviews are recorded by New Hampshire Public Television for broadcast.
Watch it here >

C-SPAN Book TV
How the railroads invented time zones.  Watch a clip.

“207,” an evening magazine show
WCSH, Channel 6, Portland, Maine, September 29


Radio Interviews


Listen on-line:

Summer Over Autumn
Word of Mouth
New Hampshire Public Radio, 89.1 FM
Listen to it here at minute 21:00

Dwelling in Possibility: Searching for the Soul of Shelter
The Exchange,
New Hampshire Public Radio, 89.1 FM
Listen to it here

Radio Boston
WBUR, 90.9 FM
Listen to it here

The Writer’s Voice
WMUA, Amherst, MA, et al.
Listen to it here

The Bones of the Earth
The Front Porch,
New Hampshire Public Radio, 89.1 FM

The Same Ax, Twice
The Paula Gordon Show
WGUN-AM, Atlanta
Listen to it here >

In the Memory House
Granite State Reads, NHPR, June 1, 2007
Listen to it here >

Turn & Jump: How Time and Place Fell Apart

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March 12, 2011
Turn and Jump. A short interview about Daylight Savings Time and our obsession with time.
Listen to it here >The Exchange, NHPR
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 9am-10am
One hour talk and call-in show
Listen to it here >Here and Now, WBUR, Boston
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 1pm-2pm
Online after that and many other stations
10 minute interview