Photos and stories by Gail Durant of Manchester, NH.
“Christmas is for kids!”, Mom always said, but she never told us how much fun it was to dress-up and play the character you came as! It’s also fun to watch the children being secretive, telling Santa what they want for Christmas or desperately trying to get off his lap, crying. READ MORE
I had a chance to step back in time at Temple Market, where the memories were strong – and still preserved, thanks to Mark Skiathitis, who recently took over the market his parents established back in 1938. READ MORE
I step inside and I am immediately transformed back to the days of my early childhood. It’s Halloween in three rooms. I mean, really Halloween. Some people decorate like this for Christmas. Your eyes go everywhere so you don’t miss a thing. I am introduced and then shown how everything comes to life. It was magical. Things are lit, witches are moving, skeletons are dancing and a cat is shaking his head. I am in awe looking around and I cannot believe how beautiful it is. I think to myself, “this is a lot of work, they must really love Halloween.” I am told they love Christmas, too. Wow and double wow. READ MORE
I wanted to share my experience at The Currier Museum of Art with you. I was a member for a year and have visited many times as pieces get changed out from time to time, so there’s always something new to see. I find it awesome that if you are not a member you can go for free. READ MORE
I remember growing up being young and carefree. I didn’t see the colors of the fall or the beautiful flowers with every color of the rainbow, popping out in my neighbor’s yard. It didn’t seem to matter in those days. I had other things on the brain. Playing with my childhood friends. One, two, three red light and masked marble. I remember skunking a few friends with all their marbles just to give them back and do it again. READ MORE
I know what amuses me: Standing by my kitchen window (inside the house) and watching all my little friends arrive to feed off one simple little birdfeeder. Yes, I said ONE! The antics I can watch for hours just makes me smile. It’s fun watching a blue jay chasing away everyone as if he was the boss and had to have it all. Just like life, karma will always get you. I just love the picture of the blue jay sitting on my canopy rods waiting his turn as the squirrel does to him what he’s been doing to others and, hopefully, he has learned a lesson here: To be patient and let others have their turn. READ MORE