Tag Archives: moving to Rangeley

Channeling my inner beagle


All I really need to know about retirement I’m learning from my beagle. It’s not that I lack two-legged role models. My husband Tom, who should be a poster boy for AARP, is a shining example, as are many friends … Continue reading

Posted in Beagle Zen, Creatures great and small, Mindfulness, health and healing, Retirementality | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Mother’s Day anniversaries


For more than 20 years, Mother’s Day meant time to go back “upta camp” to rake the leaves, dust off the cobwebs, and watch the lake warm up before declaring it summer-ready and heading back to New Hampshire. Time for my … Continue reading

Posted in Family and friends, Seasonal celebrations and observations | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Staying past September


“Dock’s out,” Tom announced. “Boat’s out, too.” “Yup, I know,” I said, even though I was pretty sure he knew I knew ’cause he saw me watching the whole process from my “office” window. Out here, stating the obvious is … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Mindfulness, health and healing, Seasonal celebrations and observations | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Season of passage


(Author’s Note: The following was first published in my column in the Rochester (NH) Courier on April 21, 1987. I’m reposting it 25 years later in honor of my late father-in-law, Lee Clough. Thank you, Lee, for getting the dream … Continue reading

Posted in Family and friends, Mindfulness, health and healing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Settling back in


I wasn’t in my usual hurry to put up my Christmas decorations. Most years, I’d be eager to add some sparkle to my little brown cabin in the now-brown woods, to say farewell to November and let DecemBear make my knotty pine a bit nicer before … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Mindfulness, health and healing, Seasonal celebrations and observations | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Everything…and the kitchen sink


I do a lot of reminiscing this time of year. And, like any good cabin wife, I do a lot of it right where I should: standing behind my kitchen sink. From there I can look out the window and … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Mindfulness, health and healing | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Letting myself stay


The first time I remember being concerned about how much older really old folks were, I must have been about four. “How old is Nana?” I asked my parents. Their answer was way, way out of my arithimetic comfort zone. “Fifty-eight.” At first, … Continue reading

Posted in Family and friends, Mindfulness, health and healing, Seasonal celebrations and observations | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Finding community


Isolation, we’re figuring out, is more a state of mind than a geographical predicament. It is a valid concern, though, voiced regularly by those closer to bigger lights and brighter cities. “What do you expect to do all by yourselves way out … Continue reading

Posted in Community | Tagged | 2 Comments

My fork in the road


Oprah would call it my “Aha!” moment — that pivotal point in life where I had to choose one course of action over another and forge ahead. Living in logging country, I now know to ponder a fork in the road, hypothetical … Continue reading

Posted in Mindfulness, health and healing, Remodeling and reorganizing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

You can get here from there


So how does an out of work writer and her recently retired teacher husband “leave it all behind” to move permanently to their cabin in Maine? What’s it really like living ten miles from the nearest stop sign and 37 miles from the nearest … Continue reading

Posted in Family and friends, Mindfulness, health and healing, Remodeling and reorganizing | Tagged , , | 6 Comments