Our Very New Hampshire Summer
Last summer, we took a month-long trip through the American West, showing our boys all those amazing sights, from The Grand Canyon to the Golden Gate Bridge. We even attended a Rodeo on the 4th of July, in Eastern Oregon.
This summer was to be all about New Hampshire, and I’m happy to say, we accomplished that. In addition to a family trip to Hampton Beach and some work events for me in Bethlehem and Keene (see earlier posts) we experienced a lot of the fun the Granite State has to offer, just before school started.
We visited Grandpa in Manchester and my younger son was amazed by the SEE Science Center’s Millyard LEGO exhibit. We hiked Lincoln-Lafayette (almost 9 miles and two huge peaks). We mountain-biked and camped in Gorham (lovely - and lots of very nice bike trails for the not-so-brave on a mountain-bike, i.e. me!) We visited friends in the Alstead/Acworth area, including a cool abandoned quartz/mica mining spot.
Now it’s back to work, and getting ready for a big political season. More on that later and also news about our new partnership with Political Junkie Ken Rudin!
Off the air for the waning days of summer!
Expect to hear some different voices on The Exchange next week, as I take the last big chunk of summer before school starts to be with my family. (see pictures, dated but still!) Brady Carlson, our wonderful All Things Considered host, will fill most of the days - Thanks Brady!
We went into Granite State backyards today on The Exchange (Wed. 8/13/14) to talk about backyard chicken farming and composting. Lots of folks posted lovely pictures of their chickens on our Facebook page, see them here.
And while I don’t have chickens - we do have compost piles, in fact two of them: the official plastic one and the old-fashioned heap by the garage. But since composting isn’t that pretty, I added this year’s zinnia crop just for show. My husband’s the gardener in the family, not me - but I’m pretty proud of these, my one contribution to our flower garden.
BTW, I’ll be listening closely to what our guests say on tomorrow’s show, on the impact of violent video games on kids’ brains and emotions and behavior. As a mom to two boys (a teen and a pre-teen) I have more than a just professional interest in this topic, for sure!
Over the past 19 years hosting The Exchange, there are a few questions I get again and again - so I thought I’d take the opportunity today to answer one of them: What time to do you get up? You must get in early!
Truth is, I don’t get in super-crazy early like my Morning Edition colleague Rick Ganley. I usually get in around 7:00 a.m. I’ll often get up around 5:30, to check in on work email/last minute information, from home, then start to get ready for work, getting my kids up, etc, by 6:30. I live really close - a quick 5-10 minute bike ride in.
Once I get here, it’s pretty busy — checking scripts, recording billboards and promos, doing all the last minute preparations for the show. Most of the work is done the day before, but there’s always issues that need to be updated or double checked.
Speaking of getting up early, today WAS an early day - with the NHPR Summer Car Raffle, I got here about 5:40 - and was on the air by 6:00. But now, I’m heading out for a great summer weekend. Hope yours is too!
Thursday back in The Exchange corner of the NHPR newsroom has a different feel to it: we’re preparing for one of our most popular shows, the Friday New Hampshire News Roundup. Instead of focussing on one topic, as we usually do, we’re getting up to speed on a dozen topics or more.
For our panelists, we have a great stable of New Hampshire journalists who help us tremendously with the show each week. Fridays are super-busy days for newspaper people, who are often putting out their weekend columns and features, in addition to their daily work. So we very much appreciate the time they give us. Also always helpful and adding to the mix: the venerable Dean Spiliotes, of SNHU and a 20 year observer of N.H.’s political scene, who joins us each week.
I’ve posted a few photos from last week’s roundup, and will post more in the Fridays ahead.
Have a great summer weekend everyone!
Top Left: Dean Spiliotes, of Southern N.H. University and author of the website NHpoliticalcapital.com. Top right: Kevin Landrigan, longtime political reporter for the Telegraph of Nashua and Jeff Feingold, Editor of the N.H. Business Review. Bottom: Kevin and Jeff, helping us figure out the real scoop behind the headlines!
Last week I had the good fortune to be asked to speak at the Keene Sentinel’s luncheon honoring the paper’s 2014 Extraordinary Women. 21 Women were honored, including…my Mom, Martha Bauman! It was a lovely event, and hats off to all the women who were recognized for their tireless work in making the Keene area an even better place than it already is.
One of the best surprises of the day: re-connecting with my former Keene High School Music teacher, Jeanne Nelson, who continues to make fabulous music happen in the Monadnock region. She was one of the honorees from 2013, who were also recognized at the event. See pictures below!
My Mom, one of the class of 2014 Keene Sentinel Extraordinary Women Honorees. See the Sentinel’s special issue for details about her and all the other cool women who were honored.
Me and former KHS Music teacher Mrs. Nelson, reuinted! After about 30 years! A wonderful moment.