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Friday’s Thought – Simple Truths


“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.”

(Wallace Stevens)

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My Favorite Things – Decompressing in New Hampshire

After almost non-stop spring and summer work interspersed with a move and international travel, it’s been REALLY nice to decompress this week at my mom’s lakeside cabin in New Hampshire.  Meal times are a highlight of each day and our entertainment consists of simple pleasures like loon-watching, berry picking, swimming, sitting on the dock and playing board games.

Here’s a snap-shot of our day so far:

Loon-spotting on the dock this morning…

Loon on Goose Pond

Was followed by a stroll through my mom’s garden!

bees on the daisies

Then we were off to pick fresh raspberries…


And blueberries!

pick your own blueberries

blueberries on the bush

Back at home in time for lunch with our loot…

fresh picked berries

What could be better?


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My Favorite Things – Winter Postcards from New Hampshire and Maine

cold harbor view in Kittery

Part of the beauty of escaping to Maine in the winter is that it’s too cold to do much else other than hibernate (and eat and play card games, of course!)  Fortunately, my mom’s humble rental in Kittery, Maine is just a few steps from Portsmouth, NH, so when we’ve finally gotten up the energy to come out of hibernation mode, there’s plenty to see and do.

Our late afternoon walk today took us across the Portsmouth bridge…

view from the Portsmouth bridge

And provided great views of the lobster shacks and fishing boats in the Kittery harbor below.

the harbor in Portsmouth, NH

House in Kittery, Maine with lobster lures

The fading light brought the lampposts, store signs and steeples of downtown Portsmouth into relief…

many signs in downtown Portsmouth, NH

White steeple in Portsmouth, NH

And left the streets seemingly dusted in a gold haze.

Sunlit lamps and wreath in Portsmouth, NH

After rewarding ourselves with a hot chocolate, cappuccino and a few cookies at Popovers Cafe

hot chocolate at Popovers cafe in Portsmouth, NH

We made our way home across the bridge.

cottage on stilts in Kittery, ME


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Friday’s Thought – In the Hammock

lying in the hammock

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

(John Lubbock)

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My Favorite Things – Lake Living in New Hampshire

Though I love living in New York City, getting to escape to my mom’s cabin on Goose Pond is heaven on earth.

This is the place to sit and unwind…

looking at the lake

To take long walks…

Goose Pond Road

Smell the flowers…

blue hydrangea

And commune with nature.

orange butterfly on purple flowers

“Pick your own blueberries” are as close as the backyard…

single blueberry

(And local farm stands are just a short drive away.)

vegetable stand in Lebanon NH

In the evenings the entertainment consists of loon spotting…

two loons on Goose Pond

Loon kicking out its leg

And taking in the sunset.

Sunset on Goose Pond

My idea of paradise!


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Friday’s Thought – Going With the Flow

Photo of raindrops on Lady's Mantle plant in New Hampshire, taken by Joana Miranda

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”

(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)


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My Favorite Things – On the Pond

We just got back from a quick trip to New Hampshire to see my mom on the pond.  Which pond?  Where?

I invite you to pull up a chair and join me on a virtual tour.  

two red chairs on Goose Pond

To a pond that is as lovely in the sun…

diamonds on the water

As it is in the shade.

sunlight through the trees

A pond that looks just as pretty on a cloudy day…

across Goose Pond

As it does in the mist…

paddle boarding on the pond

And at dusk.

looking towards the dam

A pond where life slows down…

speed boat at the dock

And looking at the water is sufficient entertainment!

Goose Pond water

Goose Pond, New Hampshire


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