Saturday, December 30, 2006

Life in Manch Vegas

The owner of blog: Life in Manch Vegas, is a Manchester (or possibly Goffstown) resident. He is also married, and apparently a Catholic paramedic who works for an Ambulance Company or a hospital in the same area.

If you want to know more about him, read his first blog article.

He writes about noteworthy national and international news, personal life events, occasionally whacky humor, and of course events in Manchester and New Hampshire.

His wife also works in the medical field as a nurse, and so you will also see articles within the human health realm.

The articles are down-to-earth, totally honest and thought-provoking.

Drop by and say hello.

J

Back Lot Films Blog

Bill Millios of New Boston, NH is the owner of Back Lot Films Blog.

He is an entreprenurial film maker, and owner of Back Lot Films, Inc. Since 1993 he has been producing and distributing a variety of corporate and narrative productions.

Bill began his blog in April of 2006, and it provides advance announcements of new projects, descriptions of ongoing and past projects, with links to view some of them. He also blogs about personal news and opinon.

I enjoyed watching the movie clips he provides. He is most definitely talented.

Janice

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A Cautionary Tale...no lessons learned

In May 2006, the blogger of A Cautionary Tale (I'll call her Ctale for short) began with heart-warming and sweet stories of her recent pregnancy, mixed in with scary tales of horrifying neighbors. Thankfully she moved to a new place.

Ctale writes about her life, relationships, and pregnancy, with a frankness and occasional naivete that is charming.

In December she had a sweet little baby girl, and no doubt a great deal of future posts will involve her adventure into motherhood.

You can see Ctale's Flikr photos here.

J

carpoolguy

Blogging since December 2005, carpoolguy lives in Exeter, New Hampshire. I suspect he is related, or at least familiar with, seacoastguy.

His blog is reknown for his Sky Reports. Well at least known. These reports work similiar to a "weather rock" (where you place a rock in your backyard... if it's white it's snowing, you get my drift). In his case carpoolguy checks out the sky every morning on his way to work and comments on it, and the events of the day.

Some of his early Sky Reports are wondrously insightful:
-- "Todays sky looked alot like my grey sweatshirt."
-- "Like my brain after one too many Glenmorangie's, the sky was..."
--"Like a golden brick being tossed on a frozen pond, the sun cracked the sky....
--"The sky seemed to be dropping flakes as fast as the scalp of that old under you never really liked to be around."

His blog sometimes describes vehicular accidents he's had. It's the sort of blow-by-blow stuff that would not encourage me to carpool with this guy if I had the opportunity. The folks who still ride with him, must be doing so because of his entertainment value.

He was pretty active blogger until October of this year, then he got out of the blogging habit. Maybe if everyone who reads this will stop by at least once, he'll start up again.

Carpool guy also posts over at "Cooler at the Coast," and its possible that he is Kreblog's alterego.

J

Friday, December 08, 2006

Kreblog

In the blogging world, Kreblog is an old timer (blogging since March 2000).

Although he uses the local vernacular (i.e. "bubbler"), don't let him fool you. He first moved to New Hampshire in July of 1993 from Rochester, New York, where he was attending college. He left, and returned again, finding New Hampshire to be curiously addictive.

But he can talk the talk, and quite entertainingly.

When you visit his blog, you will learn more than you'd normally expect. An example is his recent post called "Foo." I like to think of myself as being technically savvy, but I was presented with a Foo-load of new technology.

Prolific is close to the word I want to use for his blogging capabilities. His fertile mind appears to spawn new blog articles with ease. In addition to Kreblog, he also blogs on The Dover Post, Cooler on the Coast, plus a few other suspects.

A great read for high-tech folks, and everyone else (topics include his cats, New Hampshire, Scrubs, music, food and drink, hiking, and more.)

J

Friday, November 17, 2006

New Hampshire Photo Tour

The subtitle of the blog, New Hampshire Photo Tour, says "Photos taken in and around the state of New Hampshire." What it should say is "Amazing Eye Candy From the Glorious State of New Hampshire."

I was already a fan of Ed Karjala's photographs. Now this fan club has grown dramatically to include Tracy Lee Carroll, Michael Costolo, Peter Szawloswki and the other photographers who contribute to this blog.

We sometimes take for granted the WOW! factor of the New Hampshire scenery that we drive, or walk by, daily. This blog demonstrates how we can view the sublime in the commonplace.

These photographers are working on a special project, "NH 2007 Calendar Project" where sales of a unique calendar (displaying New Hampshire scenes of course) will benefit CHaD, the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (NH). The cost of the calendar is $15. To order them using PayPay visit the Calendar Project web site. For check or cash payment, see the address shown under comments.

This calendar would make a great Christmas gift, for yourself, or a Yankee you know).

Because of the high quality of these photographs, and the blog's specific focus on New Hampshire, I've awarded it the "Best of New Hampshire Blogs" category.

J

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Pamming About

Like Pam of Pamming About once wrote, "Woah. I just had one of those whack on the head with a big wooden stick kind of revelations..."

I somehow have managed to review her sister and boyfriend, but completely forgot Pam. Doh.

She is definitely not a NH-born Mark Twain. She is more like, hmmm a lunatic accordian player with an attitude... just kidding Pam!

Actually she has led an intriguing life. In grad school she majored in "the oh-so-marketable field of Japanese classical literature," and has taught children in both Japan and the United States. That explains her self-described occupation of "molder of young minds, etc." She lives somewhere near the New Hampshire seacoast.

Her blog is a personal journal. She is bluntly honest in her evaluation of people and problems. She hates people who act like sheep (baaah baaah), but she loves the real thing (she is a yarnaholic). She also loves the Polka Party on WUNH.

I found myself being strangely drawn into both her tales of woe and hoho. Even if you don't know her, her stories make you wish you did.

Two thumbs up.

J

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Be Less Boring

The Chosen One of the blog, Be Less Boring, is a New Hampshire resident ("of a town called Hell, or something like it") with many interests. Apparently boredom bothers him, as his subtitle, "Commandment 11: Thous shalt be less boring lest thou rot in hell for all eternity," may actually be his real life motto.

I spent a bit of time on his blog, reading some recent, and older articles...and discovered...

-He is interested in history (He took his children to some of New Hampshire's historical spots.)
-He is concerned about global warming. (He states, "The rest of us, well, we're off living our lives and looking forward to growing oranges and grapefruit here in New Hampshire").
-He likes driving in New Hampshire to be a challenge ("We have tote roads, skidder tracks, snowmobile trails, and Frost's two paths that diverged in the woods").

He DISLIKES, morons who can't figure out they don't pay cash in an EZPass lane, expensive gasoline prices, cities, people who misspell Rollinsford (there is no G in that word), and people who are politically-correct.

He watches his environment carefully (after all, who else would have noticed that a NH "Break for Moose" sign is in the "All Your Base Are Belong to Us" video?

I must admit his writing makes me think he is a New Hampshire-born "Mark Twain." His stories are funny, often tongue-in-cheek, and definitely not boring.

I enjoyed this blog so much that I'm including it among "The BEST OF NEW HAMPSHIRE blogs." Five stars, a must read.

J

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Measure Twice, Cut Once (Money and the Economy)

Quentin Lewis, the mastermind behind Measure Twice, Cut Once, used the alias bigqueue, lives in Litchfield, New Hampshire, and is an electrical engineer.

Spanking brand new to blogging, he is off to a good start, with not one, but TWO blogs (I'm only going to critique one here).

Seems like Lewis is concerned a great deal with the United States economy (as we all should be) and his comments are worth reading. I'm hoping he continues his writing.

Someone to keep an eye (or two) on.

J

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Granite Rants

Blog: Granite Rants urges you to get out your Skoal and shotguns.

The blog owner lives in Portsmouth New Hampshire; he twitches if he misses his morning banana, and he loves to hike in the mountains. Blogging since March 2002, he writes about life, hiking, sports, politics. You name it--he's written about it.

This blog has some extremely nice photographs accompanying the blog articles--northeast eyecandy that should not be missed. His Flickr link provides additional impressive photographs.

This blog is a bit like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates. And who can resist chocolates?


J

Raising 4 Kids in NH


" Plenty of people have 4 kids right? Well, I do, and here's what my life is like because of it. "


She is a domestic goddess. The 34 year old author of Blog: "Raising 4 kids in NH" has 2 boyds ages 3 and 6, and newborn twin daughters. Since May 2005 she has been sharing stories of her life.


And don't think that everything is humdrum. She is a really funny lady. For example she wrote "Tonight my husband and I are going to open house at my son's school. I thought I'd dress up in drag and really make the teacher wonder!"


A fun read.

J

Friday, September 29, 2006

The Political Climate: Carbon Coalition

The Politicial Climate is a blog on the Carbon Coalition Web site. It speaks for New Hampshire Citizens for a Responsible Energy Policy, and is an ongoing commentary fon the NH Primary and Climate Change.

Kudos to the Carbon Coalition for their first step into the blogging ring in August of this year. Their topic categories include election, energy, policy, etc., which gives you a good idea that their focus in on influencing voters and candidates regarding climate change, and to keep us updated on who says (and does) what during the primaries.

Their affiliated organizations include well known and reputable New Hampshire organizations: the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Audubon Society of New Hampshire, and NHPIRG (New Hampshire Public Interest Research Group); and then some well-known national organizations, Appalachian Mountain Club and Clean Air-Cool Planet.

Keep an eye on this blog, I expect it to become a powerful champion of our future.

The greatest negative of this blog is that it don't allow comments, and all the posts are anonymous. Hey folks, I realize that global warming is a hot topic (pun intended), but moderate your posts, and allow some disagreement. That is what blogging is about. Also I'd be interested in knowing who is the author, and if there is more than one.

J

Monday, September 25, 2006

The Eye


Every Monday, without fail, you can expect something new from John Herman.

John Herman, the eccentricly creative vblogger of The Eye (a video blog) is 100 years old... oops he lives in Exeter New Hampshire that is 100 years old.. oops... well something like that. Reportedly he'd like to meet Baron Munchausen and Don Quixote for cookies and milk.

The down side is that there is no commenting on this video blog. However, he is also a regular poster on Blog: Area 603, so you can comment from there. [I stand corrected. You may comment. See John's note in the comment section].

A great read for musicians, actors, writers, and culture elitists in the New Hampshire area.

J

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Ewe & I Farm

Cindy Yager of Sutton Mills, New Hampshire is the blogger, shepherdess, hand-spinner and hand-knitter of Ewe & I Farm.

Her posts are a folksy, down-to-earth and literally home spun. She writes about both her family's important and lesser events--from the wedding of her daughter to the death of her new Horned Dorset ewe.

Blogging since 2005, most of her posts are about real life on her New Hampshire sheep farm. She includes some very interesting and fun photographs.

Janice

Sunday, August 27, 2006

New Hampshire State of Mind

New Hampshire State of Mind is a new blog (July 2006) with edgy, honest commentary from a Bedford New Hampshire resident in the technology industry.

This blog is brand spanking new, and has a clean look. Topics vary between humor and seriousness, and from local to international.

I especially enjoyed "Massachusetts v New Hampshire - It's Emblematic" which goes into great detail regarding Massachusett's 47 symbols and emblems to New Hampshire's "mere 16."

Definitely a blog to bookmark, and return to...

J

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

New Hampshire Nature Notes by Eric Orff

Eric Orff, a certified wildlife biologist for the NH Fish and Game Department, author, lecturer, and photographer has been blogging at "New Hampshire Nature Notes" for the past three years, about what New Hampshire's very own Mother Nature is up to. He has also been doing radio PSAs (public service announcements) about wildlife for the state of New Hampshire.

His weekly blog entries describe what is outside your window, with a naturalist's slant. He speaks honestly about the impact of human interaction on the world around us. There is a mix of joy and sadness in the facts that he shares, and the secrets of the animal kingdom are revealed.

From the fate of tiny brook floater mussels, to the current population of New Hampshire's moose, this blog is full of fun and fascinating information, and gorgeous photographs.

A great read for everyone.

The only negative is that this is a diary page on a regular web site (i.e. no automatic posting of reader comments). But I'm sure if you have a comment or question, use Eric's very handy email address at the top of the page, and he will accomodate you.

J

Monday, August 21, 2006

Orion Rising - Diary of A New Life

The blogger of Orion Rising is actually Orion's dad aka Pavel Cenkl of Bethlehem New Hampshire. While raising his son (Orion of course), he manages to teach and write.

Since December of 2004 he has posted frequent stories and photographs. An obviously adoring parent, Pavel's thoughtful and lovely stories are well worth reading.

Eye candy that makes you smile.

J

Friday, August 11, 2006

Bogieblog--The Life and Times of Bogie

Bogie (of Bogieblog) and her Wonderful Spouse live in a small town in New Hampshire.

A veteran blogger (with archives back to January of 2002), she has a great sense of humor (her recent post about surviving the heat is a hoot).

Her posting categories are eclectic, running the gamut of At Home, Cooking, and even Cursed. ("If anything worked in the Bogie household, the first time and the way it was supposed to work, I would die of freaking amazement."

This is a diary with an attitude.

J

Thursday, July 13, 2006

GraniteGrok

Skip Murphy and Doug Lambert, the writers at GraniteGrok, are grok in Gilford, New Hampshire. A fairly new blog, they started posting here in May 2006.

"Never trust the so-called experts!" Doug has often been heard exclaiming. Skip likes to factually refute silliness passing as opinion.
Their topics range from "Patriotism" to "Taxes" and from local to international news.

Today's post, "I've heard of 'Land for Peace" is an intriguing post about how to resolve the Palestinian terror attacks... definitely worth a look.

Due to the nature of this blog, I file it: News

Janice

Monday, July 10, 2006

Technoramus

Mark, a New Hampshirite who blogs at Technoramus, supports and often reports about the Linux operating system, the Internet, and the future of computing.

Although a bit lean on articles right now, I'm hoping that will change, and his blog will "pick up"--as I do find his articles, and links to other blogs interesting.

Psstt.. Mark, its ok to edit the "Links" section of your blog by editing the Template section.

File: Journal

J

Tsulea's Blog

Tsulea of Tsulea's Blog is over age 30, married and a mother of 2 "with a hectic busy lifestyle."

Originally from the UK she moved here many years ago. She lives in southwest New Hampshire in the country. She is a quality engineer in the technology industry.

Blogging since November of 2005, her articles are presented in a personal journal style, and include important personal topics, such as her local convenience store changing from loose sugar to packets.

She is a Terry Pratchett fan.

Oh, and if this month's posts seem a bit tame, check out the archives. This lady can definitely tell a story. Sometimes she is brutally honest about herself, and that is worth reading.

File: Journal

J

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Melomeals

Melody Polakow of Portsmouth New Hampshire, and blogger at Melomeals, is a life-long vegetarian, who is striving to be vegan.

Blogging since April 2006 she offers articles mostly about vegetarian recipies, cruelty-free foods and alternative foods, but mixed in are personal stories.

A very interesting read, even for a canivore.

J

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Ian Muir, The Angry Scotsman

Ian Muir, the New Hampshirite at The Angry Scotsman, doesn't seem to be angry at all. But he is a funny guy. With posts such as, "Apparently Microsoft is the Devil," he deftly (or as least as deftly as a geek can) promotes his ideas and opinions.

In his bio he states: "I’m a fledging web guru and furture internet rockstar. Right now I’m slowly but surely working to make a name for myself in the standards community. My long term goal is to help the web mature into a space for collaboration, creativity and growth that surpasses the current notions of what people can really do." He is also the founder and primary of Sunder Media, a CSS designer, PHP and .NET developer and general web ├╝ber geek.

His blog includes information about some pretty cool new and innovative programs and tools for web site designers, and I admit I bookmarked a few that he mentioned.

Because this blog contains more than web design related posts, File: Journal

J

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Estimated Prophet


M Prophet, the blogger at Estimated Prophet contains articles that are "progressive, democratic, and anti-fascist," or as the Technorati description states, "Cutting through the smoke and mirrors to enliven Democracy."

An intriguing perspective, well written and linked sources. More than just musings.

File: Political

J

In No Particular Order - 1Horsepower

Lise of Barrington, New Hampshire maintains In No Particular Order -- a diary about herself, her friends, her life, and most importantly, her horses...

Her brief biography states: "I work, I ride, I watch motorsports. Woo."

Intermittently she adds some interesting photographs... and she has taken some nice ones as her Flikr link indicates.

For motorsport and Horse fans, it's worth a look.

File: Journal

J

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

New Hampshire Law Blog

At "New Hampshire Law Blog," David Austin and Rob Hunt of Burke & Eisner Personal Attorneys in Gilford, New Hampshire blog (and have been since June of 2005).

At first glance I thought perhaps the blog was just advertising for their law firm, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was lean on advertising and flush with value--containing fascinating, and valuable posts.

The articles are timely, frequent, and often refer to real items in the news. They include links to documentation on specific cases.

Each post is filed according to its legal category, and has links back to the source of the material. Between the "Category" listings, and the search prompt, if your topic of interest is on their site, you will find it.

This blog obviously was extremely well thought out, and it is nicely presented. A great read for anyone interested in New Hampshire law as it relates to actual events.

J

La Salette Journey

Paul Melanson of La Salette Journey began his blog in December of 2004, as a Catholic blog dedicated to Our Lady of La Salette. The subject matter is primarily theology and philosophy related.

He generously translates some of the original Italian text used in his blog.

As Paul clearly states, "It's not about me, it's about Jesus.

File: Philosophy

J

Friday, June 23, 2006

Blog the Coast

Blog the Coast is a smorgasborg of blogs with topics which include opinion, lifestyles, sports, film, media, dining...you name it, you got it.

They have a slick and colorful main blog page with icons that catch your eye and entice you to click on them. As a secondary, but equally as valuable segment, (my favorite) they include a separate Blog the Coast Live Feed which take you to posts of other popular New Hampshire blogs that are not linked on their splash page.

Nicely done, something for everyone. You must register with the site to be able to comment.

File: Best of New Hampshire, Journal & Commentary

J

O Machine, Sudden Love Letters

Luke Buckham, of O Machine, lives in Keene New Hampshire. In addition to blogging since October of 2005, he is publishing his own magazine, "The Appropriate" which includes regular features by "invisible luminaries." In his other life he is a Mexican Chef.

His blog topics range from prose to politics. His posts are clever, clear, concise and interesting.

His poetry is intriguing, to say the least. A line of one of his poems says "A strange unevenness inhabits the usual landscape today"--a good description of this blog.

An enjoyable read.

Since the majority of the posts appear to be poetry, file: Art & Culture

J

Lady Knits & The World According to Liz

Elizabeth "Liz" Delisi is a New Hampshire writer of "time travel romance, mystery and suspense," and is an instructor at Writer's Digest and Barnes & Noble University.

Liz started her original blog, "The World According to Liz" in October of 2004. Its safe to say this was a personal journal, talking about her daily life, her children, and her passion for knitting. In May of 2006 (this year) she states she is in a "writing funk"... and that is her most recent post on that blog.

In the meantime, in March of 2006, she began the "Liz Knits!" blog, which is more current, and reflects her love to knit, bead, crochet, weave, and tat. Articles about her latest creations often include photographs of brightly colored scarves, shawls, and handbags.

J

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The NH Edge, Listen Free or die

NH Edge was launched in early 2006 after a creative collective of musicians, writers, artists, and fans of each decided to create a forum that allowed for the expression of ideas.

Writers include Tim Deal, Jenn Bogle, Tom Ferry, Johnny Morse, Scott M. Harris, Brian Wiseman, and Mark Wholley (aka Nick Danger).

The NH Edge is still in its infancy, however as its audience increases, the staff hopes to expand the content. The expanded site includes a web site, podcasts, events, and more.

A great read for the music-minded.

J

Monday, June 19, 2006

The uvScene

A great deal has changed at the UV Scene since it was reviewed in June of 2006.

An edgy look, new location and management, and additional topics. From a list of local parties, to the option of "speaking your mind" this updated blog combines the best of the old and the new.


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OLD REVIEW:


The UV Scene is all about people and resources in the Upper Valley area of New Hampshire.
The Archives go back to 2003.



Ken, the owner of this blog lives in Lebanon New Hampshire. Covering everything from book reviews, to great places to eat and play, the uvScene is successfully "using the internet to create a community of friends and neighbors."

J

Phil McCracken's Permanent Home


Phil McCracken is a 31 year old Taurus man, who lives in New Hampshire.

Blogging since March 2005, his blog diary, Phil McCracken's Permanent Home, is not what you'd expect, and it's also not for the weak of heart (or lets say at least, not to be read by prudes).

He enjoys travel and shares his photographs. Caution: he has a spork and he's not afraid to use it.

J

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Ben Kepple

In May 2003 Ben Kepple moved his blog to new quarters (here).

His old blog, "Benjamin Kepple Daily Rant," has been around since September 2001, and is described as "Discussions on foreign affairs, religion, and the state of American culture...oh, heck with it. It's an electronic soapbox where I get to spout off about all the idiocy that manifests itself in this day and age."

I was amused by his post, "A Travesty and Abomination Against Film-Making" about The Da Vinci Code movie, he's a witty guy. His topics often cover items you see in the daily headlines, but with a "benkepple twist."

I must have been hiding under a rock, because this is the first time I've heard of him, and I used to read the Investor's Business Daily.

His bio says: "Benjamin Kepple is a journalist in New Hampshire. He is a former reporter/writer for Investor's Business Daily, Heterodoxy, and FrontPage Magazine. He has also been published in the Daily News of Los Angeles, the Ottawa Citizen, AlbertaViews, and other publications. He was also a contributing editor for the 2nd edition of "Choosing the Right College," published by ISI Books."

I had a difficult time deciding where to place this blog in my category system... he is not quite a diarist, nor a philosopher, but strangely he seems both.

File: News

Janice

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

Thom Robbins is owner of the .NET Weblog.

He lives in Bedford, New Hampshire. His archives go back to August 2004. The subtitle identifies this as "A blog of the technical and sometimes uneventful side of programming in .NET and life within Microsoft."

Not being a programmer or a .NET geek, it would be unfair of me to say whether Thom is offering some useful information.

On the other hand, 83,235 people have visited his site since January 23, 2006. Thats a pretty good indicator that it is popular.

J

The Zen of Motorcycling

M.R. (Montauk Rider), the owner of The Zen of Motorcycling, is a 50ish Manchester New Hampshire male blogger who likes jazz, opera, motorcycles, touring, travel and the fascinating people along the way....

Written in diary fashion, I was pleasantly surprised (well, surprised in the way when you pick up a rock and discover its really a small diamond) at what I read.

Although most of the entries are short and sweet, scattered here and there are things I'd never thought about, such as "Like snowflakes, no two Springs are exactly alike." (How True).

Intermingled are photographs of many places he stops along the way.

M.R. also has a photostream.

Vroom Vroom, definitely worth at least one stop.

J

blogsNH - Concord Monitor Online

The blogsNH site is a section of the Concord Monitor online. The page lists several Concord area bloggers, with topics ranging from entertainment and technology, to politics and fatherhood.

As of this writing there are 16 separate blogs linked here. Something for everyone.

The site welcomes Concord residents to request a free blog account here, if you have something to say.

Viewers must register to log in.

J

Friday, June 09, 2006

South Street

Rick Broussard, of Concord NH, occasionally posts to South Street, and has maintained this blog since January 2005.

A very busy guy, who also blogs at Area 603, Granite Gumbo and detente, in addition to his real life job...

I'll let you figure out what that is :D

It looks like Rick has faced the problem many bloggers do. If you create a blog with a specific theme of posts, what do you do with the rest of your creative thoughts? Ah, make other blogs... Eventually one shakes out as the one where you'd like to spend more time.

I'm not sure if he had twenty blogs, that it would really give us insight into the mind of this very complex man.

J

The New Hampshire Bushman

The subtitle of The New Hampshire Bushman used to say : "Tea, GPS, and good times in Taiwan (and many other places!) with MJ and Hui-Chen." Now MJ and Hui-Chen are married and the good times continue.

[See MJ's comments below in the comments section].

The downside of this blog is that every single post is on the first page... so if you have low RAM or a dial-up connection, its going to take a while for this blog to load :(

The reason that M.J. set the viewing defaults this way are explained in his comment below.

Blogging since May 2005, M.J. Klein, who I assume is the New Hampshire native, resides in Hokou, Hsinchu, Taiwan.

The blog is deceptively interesting--a Yankee New Englander's insight into Eastern culture... like a frog sitting in a bird's nest :D

J

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Swamp Yankee Wannabees...and a dog

Trying to live the good life in New Hampshire, these Swamp Yankee Wannabees, Aileen and Lionel (and dog Gump) created a blog in November 2004.

They express largely random ideas on Life, the Universe, and Everything, from politics, philosophy, and current topics, to antics of life on the farm.


Amazing discoveries can be made there (did you know Alaska is really warmer than New Hampshire)...

J

The Woolen Rabbit

In addition to being the blog's title, The Woolen Rabbit is a shop nestled in Conway, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This shop sells luxury fibers and yarn, along with natural soaps and handcremes.

They also breed Nordic Angora rabbits, and King Charles spaniels.

This blog is dedicated to Kim Kaslow, the blog owner's, love for animals and fiber.

Colorful photographs add to the unique feeling.

J

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

And Rightly So

"Raven" is an alias for the creator of And Rightly So blog, which has been around since October of 2004.

Raven is 41, divorced, with three daughters, four cats and a dog. She is an LPN working in a nursing home. She lives in Southern NH and loves it here. She thinks that Massachusetts "sucketh."

Raven is expressively candid about the many topics (including "New England," "Current Events," "Liberal Lunatics") she includes on her blog. I especially enjoy reading her "History" category.

She is entertaining, disturbing, and educational. What more could you hope for?

J

Chasing Grace

A California native, Chasing Grace's author, Lisa, met and married Paul and moved with him and Siofra the Cat to Milford NH.

She writes inventive, irresistible, and bewitching tales of her not-so-ordinary life.

This blog is a must-see.

J

P.S. Also see Lisa's Pages

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Sleepy Eyes Knitting

Gina House of Londonderry owns Sleepy Eyes Knitting blog. Her subtitle states: "A Knit, Two Purls and Only Three Winks...knit...yawn...knit..must keep knitting...and spinning!" She is a 33 year old mom and two boys, age 3 and 13. Working part time as a yoga instructor, the rest of her time is devoted to being a mom and wife.

She maintains a "Sleepy Eyes Yarn" shop online and a Yoga web site. While to the untrained eye, knitting and yoga don't seem connected, Gina believes that "knitting brings your mind and body into a special place that is conducive to meditation and relaxation."

Most of the posts are regarding yarn and handcrafts.

I must admit, being a "knitter" myself, I am impressed with the amazing colors of these home-dyed yarns.

J

Milkweed Hill ... And Beyond

Milkweed Hill was created by Kristen, a stay-at-home mom of two, aiming to parent with grace, patience, love and facing each day with a small bowl of caffeine. Kristen also happens to be Ernesto's "better half."

Kristen shares some very sweet, and greatly entertaining stories of the every day challenges of her family including their joys and sorrows, foibles and feats.

She writes with a sense of humor, and shares her obvious love of her family, which most of us can definitely relate with.

J

Sunday, June 04, 2006

New Hampshire Bloggers to Meet - October 2006

A meeting of New Hampshire Bloggers is being organized.

The organizers are TJ of Better Living Through Chemistry blog, and JD from Grain of Salt.

Anyone who resides in New Hampshire and maintains a weblog is invited, whether you are a full-time blogger, or a casual blog hobbyist.

Our target date is Saturday, October 14th.

Our target location is Concord, New Hampshire (we don’t know where yet, so if anyone has any bright ideas, let TJ know).

Friday, June 02, 2006

Sarah Says

Sarah Says is a blog belonging to Sarah Dobb, a writer, web developer, and Chinese language enthusiast. A student in the Technical & Professional Writing program at San Francisco State University, she is temporarily in New Hampshire, helping her grandparents to itemize and sell their collectibles on ebay.

She arrived just in time to surprise her mother on Mother's Day, and to experience the flooding we had in May 2006.

She is performing a workathon to raise money for New Hampshire's Horton Center. That alone is a good reason to stop by her blog.

J

File: Journal

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Mike's Blog

Mike's Blog belongs to Mike Pride, editor of the Concord Monitor. He recently celebrated his first year anniversary (May 2005), and 149th blog entry.

"My Year As A Blogger" will give you a good idea of his personal insights into the process of blogging, what works and what doesn't, for him. He maintains a local focus, even when national or international news is involved, i.e. "How does this affect residents of New Hampshire?"

What I find most interesting about his blog, is his willingness to share the "inner workings" of their web-based news.


File: News

J

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Wizbang!

According to its 'About' section Wizbang! is a unique mix of news, politics, and entertainment... and is one of 'the most popular conservative weblogs on the Internet. Since its founding in April 2003, and has over 5 million unique visitors. Don't ask me to explain Wizbang's rise in popularity, but I imagine it's a function of topicality, humor, and insight.'

The blog is owned by Kevin Aylward, who I believe lives in Massachusetts. [Correction: Virginia]. In 2004 he invited guest bloggers, including New Hampshirite Jay Tea to join his team.

Jay is a popular and prolific writer. He must have a high level of blogger prestige, as it appears countless other blogs slam him personally, waiting with bated (or it is baited) breath hoping he will personally reply on their blog, or better yet mention their names on Wizbang.

If you'd like to raise your blood pressure, or simply read provative commentary, this is the blog to visit.

J (Janice, not Jay)