The challenges and rewards are greatest where two systems meet.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Edge of Awareness

The current trend towards "immediate information" dulls our ability to be in the present. We frequently are unaware of where our feet are touching the earth..... let alone able to see the connections taking place as we pass through our every day life.
   Here is some beauty I almost missed.

                   Banded Net-Winged Beetle

            Can anyone id. this aquatic grass in flower?.... E. Inlet Pitts. NH
                           Dew on a spider web by the garden

               And this tiny American toad almost inside an acorn cap

  An 8" brand new skin, Red Bellied snake showed up under a tarp in the lower garden

We also are very thankful for friends and their kindness. Hillary P. donated wonderful Concord grapes after ours were feasted on by "critters". 
We put up 24 quarts of Helen + Scott Nearing's grape juice.

  Our Stand Against Northern Pass had a good day at the Hearing last week. A large crowd from up North of the Notch were present for their showing of "Negative Impacts of Northern Pass".

                  The panel of Presenters were Awesome.

As we approach another winter my hope is for Peace, Justice, and Empathy

Friday, October 6, 2017

Stepping back from the edge ... being creative.

  This summer has slipped by again, out of my control. We spent too much time with Northern Pass. It took way too much of our energy ... didn't even see that one.

  I did take a wonderful Print Making course with Annette Mitchell and a cluster of amazing women artists. Yes I was the only man in the group. I learned so much. It was a real boost.

              Here is a print I did of the Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu.

I hope this can be printed as a 2 card set on 8.5x11

 Another break was the wonderful sharing that takes place in a National Writers course at P.S.U. called Writing Our Communities. We visited Fox Run Park to discover Water Scorpions and Whirligig Beetles living in an aquatic Community.

     Then there was the last Sight Evaluation Comm. Tour. They visited some sites that will be HIGHLY impacted by Northern Pass. Here is downtown Plymouth N.H. where the "proposed route" will go right under Main St.

My only hope is the SEC will listen to the people of N.H. and come out as Heroes. I do believe the majority of them have hearts.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Northern Pass Too Much to Swallow

        Northern Pass Transmission lines could be the largest disruption and scar on our "Scenic" State since Interstate I-93.

This graphic was created by Bury the Northern Pass

We have been attending Technical sessions in Concord 
since September. The top photo shows the Deerfield Aubutters. 
Below are "the Applicants'" lawyers and two "Experts".  

Then, we have taken some special walks out our door 
and down the field. This walk took us to the beaver pond 
that is on the power line Right of Way.

                Northern Pass proposes to place a 90' tower here... 
in the beaver pond.
The choice I am working on is ... not to ignore the Greedy Corporations attempting to wipe out our environment, but to change my daily focus on to the "here" and "now".
 This fellow was walking next to me in my greenhouse which has provided me with tidbits of greenery ALL winter long, heated by an aquarium heater in a 40 gallon container of water.

               I have also enjoyed helping neighbors "Tap Out"

And of course we had our own winter "Work Outs".
It is so important to be aware -- and grateful -- of the Natural Beauty around us and to keep working to preserve it.

Friday, January 6, 2017


Gretchen and I ushered in the New Year again with a Wee Bonfire and some single Malt.
We decided the way we shall make it through this "Challenging" new period Is to focus on the many good deeds people throughout the world are doing and be strong to OUR convictions..... Like fighting Northern Pass and Greedy Corporations!

This is part of Ever$ource/ Northern Pass Transmission Lines preparations for their 100 foot plus tower Monstrosities. I chose it for my entry to the "Community Photo-Club" Challenge "Depict a Song Title".  Any more you can think of?

On Hogmanay we had a visit from our great neighbor Rob. C.  He was taking his newborn Scottish Highlander for a stroll.  A First sign of a happy new year for the Neighborhood.

There does seem to be a theme about being "Wise". This Barred Owl has continued to grace us with his presence this winter.

My first full day of my "7th" decade is a beauty. I am really working on remaining in the Present Moment and enjoying the Nature that surrounds us....
...and fostering Peace within and Peace without...

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 19, 2016


This has been a very full year. 
Full of gifts and beauty...


Full of Frustration...
Then there is our role as Interveners in protecting the Pemigewasset River from the harm of this huge for-profit-project -- NORTHERN PASS TRANSMISSION LINES. It's basically an extension cord from Hydro-Quebec in Canada to Mass.,Conn., and Rhode Island. 
There goes the summer.

Being an elementary school teacher much of my life, I have dealt with "Bullies" many times. But believe me, Corporations like Ever$ource and Hydro-Quebec are the WORST. Bullies want "their" way, but if common sense communication can be used with children, it works. Not with HQ or the new Power Bully Ever$ource. Both are used to getting their own way -- no matter what.

Northern Pass is a huge money making scheme that once again only benefits the two Power Bullies. We, the WHOLE state of NH, are the losers if this Thing gets its permits.

Here is an existing right of way with 44' poles. You can see the erosion running downhill to siltify the brook and the Pemi River that is less than 100 yards down stream. The proposed Northern Pass would have 95 foot Towers with four huge girder-like feet for each tower.

We tried to get involved with the beauty, nature, and unusual N.H. surroundings...
It didn't work.

We had to get away, so off to a new part of Costa Rica.
Howlers were super.

And the Two Toed Sloths were our first to see.

Big trees and a happy camper.
Here's Gretchen at graduation from University of Rhode Island's 
Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies.
She's a Level II trainer. Watch out!

Back from our travels, we found the driest year in the 40
 we have lived in NH. Here's the east fork of the Pemigewasset 
that goes around Ayers Island. 
No Kayaking here. 

Our well down went to just over one tile. It's usually up to the dark line-- 6 tiles deep.

We still managed to can pints + pints of tomatoes and quarts of 
grape juice. Green tomato relish. Dilly beans. Dried herbs. 
Frozen green beans.
Root crops: carrots and beets and potatoes.
Four or five cord of wood... cut, split and stacked.


Today we had a temperature swing from 0 degrees F last night to rain and 33 degrees at 3:00pm . We were treated with another visit from a Barred Owl just off our deck . 

With the state of our country and the Electoral College taking place tomorrow, I felt our Prayer Flags were weeping frozen tears.

I will explain more about the photos, if you ask... Barry

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Edge of "Old" -- My 69th Year.

 The year 2015 was a "Life Changing" year for me.  The way I see the world has, quite literally, changed big time.  I now sadly see how my vision of this once beautiful planet has been much more unique than I ever thought was possible.  I feel it's my challenge to share the beauty and amazing balance this world presents us, if only we could recognize and respect it.

   My year started with a freezing cold trip to the N.H. coast with two good friends Robin and Harry. We were in search of "The Snowy Owl".  As it turned out the snow banks were so high, our viewing was limited.  Instead we were impressed by the concentration of shore birds.

   After a great day together, we decided we could endure the cold, so we met for the Laconia Dog Sled races.  It was another super day but even windier and colder than the coast.

  We lost our old friend Stella the Fella the week before we left for Nepal.  He was 15 years old when he died in his sleep at Gretchen's feet one night.  What a Guy!

   I will tell you the wonderful story of how our lives reconnected with Paul and Kay Bueno de Mesquita, if you ask. We linked up with them and 14 terrific U.R.I. students for Alternative Spring Break in March. We traveled to Nepal and took the training course in "Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Resolution".  The group was the Rhode Island students, Nepali students,  police and military personnel, professors, writers, teachers, educators, lawyers from South Asia -- and us.  What an experience!  This truly was "Life Changing"!

  After the students left, Gretchen and I stayed in a very gracious guest house called The Paulines in the foothills outside Kathmandu.

   Suni (far left ) was the most efficient and kind manager, here with friends we met from England.

We then returned to the Kathmandu Boutique Hotel where we met a bookseller and his wife.  These lovely people lived across the alley (open courtyard).  We talked from our third story balcony to them on their third story balcony.  They invited us for breakfast --and that's another great story.

   We flew home on the last day of March and were greeted by a guest under our prayer flags.

      I am a member of the Community Photo Club of Plymouth, NH where I've made new friends and learned a great deal more about photography.  Here is one of our Challenges on what Peace looks like to me.  My piano is where I sit and play "Peaceful" melodies while glancing at the meaningful reflections of our life.

I have also enjoyed great days sharing in the life of an incredible man and a former student.  Bill has cut, milled, and built this super house totally on his own ....
      He also makes maple syrup.

 We had an interesting Spring.  Many mornings in April started out with temperatures in the 20's F. Our first peepers were calling on the 17th.

  Then the terrible news of the earthquake in Nepal arrived on April 25. Gret and I traveled to Rhode Island for a reunion of our group and we put together fund raising strategies.  The students did a terrific job.

    Spring brought the loons back to Hermit Lake, but something, probably an otter, did in the two eggs in the nest. When we later traveled to Pittsburg, NH, we found the loons were more successful in raising young.

   Also, the moose were more plentiful.  Here's a young bull and cow at the East Inlet.                        

   Back home, we had the opportunity to meet many of the presidential candidates, and our choice is with:  The Bern!

     I enjoyed many paddles on Hermit Lake, sometimes seeing spectacular birds like this Yellow Warbler and Red Winged Blackbird.

  Gretchen decided to dive into Martin Luther King, Jr.'s philosophy of Peace and Justice, so she headed off to the University of Rhode Island. She's now a Level 1 trainer in Kingian Nonviolence  Conflict Resolution.  What an impressive gathering of leaders of Nonviolence. I spent two very full days there.

   The garden was a full time job. There were close to 40 tomato plants tied up on supports and pole beans that needed an additional 3 feet above the 14' poles for support.

    Northern Pass continues to be a major pain in the ... environment. They continue to tell bold face lies like, "Oh no, we don't go through wetlands. They are all marked and we go around them."  Notice the skidder tracks through the wetland .  I will be so glad when they pack their bags and sink into the tar sands.                                

  The photo club has sparked a lot of interest in New Hampshire beauty that Northern Pass does not see -- places that are habitats for very special plants like these yellow lady slippers.......
 ...which support the beautiful Luna Moth.
Or, the spectacular waterfalls in Thornton...
                                   ...and North Conway(find Harry).                                             
      New Hampshire is a rare place .... and the Northern Pass transmission lines destroy rare places!

We did make one more trip to U.R.I.  This time it was National Peace Day.  It was great to be back with the inspirational group. We managed to organize a large student body for PEACE.

Some photo club members (and spouses) spent a very "Chilly" night on October 27 to watch and document the Total Lunar Eclipse.   Quite amazing!

 2015 also marked our 50th Graduation from Westfield High School. Yes, we did attend.  (Not as much fun as the 25th) and Wow -- we found some major changes, especially reading the list of our classmates who have passed on.  That was very sobering. 

We reconnected with lots of old friends: Bob and Chris Piazsic and Gary Marcoullier were nice surprises.  I grew up with Bob in the "old neighborhood" and Gretchen knew Gary from the early 1950's gang on High Street.

The next day, brother Rob brought me to some water falls outside of Chester -- really beautiful.

   In November, Gretchen and I traveled to Scotland to join our very good friend Kay for her birthday.  She celebrated with a fun-filled Jazz trio and Afternoon Tea. A Great Visit  and perhaps a quick study (for our own upcoming birthdays)...

  Back home, we had the warmest Christmas on record.  Some people were out water skiing on Newfound Lake. We were in Westfield with no snow and people in shorts .

   One amazing event was the Christmas Full Moon.  The last time this happened was 1977, the year we moved into our "Unfinished" house on Christmas Eve. The temperature then was -20 degrees F. This year it was +46 degrees F.    

  Looking back, this has been a very FULL year. We decided to celebrate my 69th birthday a bit differently, so we went to "A Newfound Bed and Breakfast".  Here's yet another good story if you would just post and you'd like to hear more about what made these events "Extra" special.    

  I hope you can relate to some of these events...
  and you share with me the hope for
  a more Peaceful Year.