The Alchemist

Paolo Coelho A simple shepherd boy sells his beloved sheep and sets off to seek his destiny in this modern fairy tale by Paolo Coelho. Journeying from the Andalusian hills of Spain to the markets of Tangiers and thence into the heart of the Egyptian desert, the reader joins Santiago in discovering the greatest treasure of all: the magic of… Read more →

Travels with Charley

John Steinbeck “I’ve lost the flavor and taste and sound of it,” said John Steinbeck. “I’m going to learn about my own country.” And off he set on a several-month trek across the United States in 1960 with his giant poodle Charley, exploring the landscape and conversing with his fellow Americans. At times it seems he discovered as much to… Read more →

Thanks to the Animals

Allen Sockabasin (illustrations by Rebekah Raye) What happens when baby Zoo Sap falls off the family sled during his family’s yearly trip to their winter home? Alerted by his cries, the woodland creatures begin gathering around. His father soon returns to find the little fellow snuggling warm and safe inside a glorious pile of furred and feathered animals. The Boy… Read more →

Science Verse

Jon Scieszka (illustrations by Lane Smith) Who knew science could be so funny? A young student sits in class, probably wishing he were outside playing. Suddenly his teacher zaps him with the curse of science verse! Now he hears “the poetry of science” everywhere: a new rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star features a nightmarish black hole, ’Twas the Night… Read more →

The Next Exit

The Most Complete Guide of What’s Available at Every Interstate Highway Exit From Coast to Coast “Dry ice two miles south of exit.” “Great BBQ here!” Our worn 2005 edition of The Next Exit is replete with so many personal notes that my travel companions and I have been unable to bring ourselves to upgrade to the latest edition. Whether… Read more →

Keene, New Hampshire: Ashuelot River Park

Ashuelot River Park West Street at Island Street (main entrance) Keene, New Hampshire Link to official web page This pretty park – the nicest I’ve nosed out in New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region to date – features a waterfall, small pavilion, summer-long flower displays, plenty of benches, a picnic table or two, bike paths, river access for canoeing and kayaking, several… Read more →

Milford, New Hampshire: Milford Drive-In Theater

Milford Drive-In Theater 531 Elm Street Milford, New Hampshire Telephone: (603) 673-4090 Website: The drive-in theater – what an American institution! And the Milford theater is one of the longest running, having just celebrated their 50th anniversary. So load up the lawn chairs, blankets, and bug spray and head over for an evening of double-feature fun. Where else can… Read more →