Shash & Seb visit Newmarket

Last weekend we hosted our first pajama party when Shash & Seb made an overnight trip to the seacoast as part of their week in NH.

Saturday night we took part in the haunted tour of Fort Constitution and the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse. A paranormal evening indeed!

The next morning we had breakfast at the Big Bean Cafe and spent time at Schanda Park on the Lamprey River.

Click for photos of their visit

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Newmarket Mills

And we’ve moved.

We’re now living on the New Hampshire seacoast in the Newmarket Mills, the newly-restored and now greenly-efficient mills that were originally built in 1825 on the Lamprey River (which has never flooded the building—we checked).

From one of our living room windows

The most fun part about this move was watching our unit be restored from the ground up.  In January our mill was empty, and construction had just begun:

I photographed the mill’s progress from the day we put the deposit down in April all the way through our moving-in the first few days of August:

Entire collection of mill photos

I spent most of my adult life in small NYC apartments with few windows that looked directly at brick walls. Now I have seven river-spanning windows, and watch heron, egrets, cormorants, hawks, seagulls, ducklings, pretty boats, and kayakers all day—an enormous life improvement.

Happy Summer to all!

Moving

This summer we’re gettin’ the hell out of Dodge, and heading to the seacoast. In April we put down a deposit on the lovely, gorgeous, deliciously renovated Newmarket Mills. And no, it doesn’t flood. And yeah, it’s taken me this long to link to the photos here. This coming week we go back to measure our unit (since in April it didn’t even have the room frames yet). Expect updated photos soon/eventually.

Click for more delicious mill photos; just keep clicking Next in the slideshow

Huzzah. Photos. And videos.

Almost two months later, here are the photos (and videos) from my Mom’s birthday weekend.  For her gift, I took her up to the White Mountains, and way up into the Great North Woods for the weekend.  These are the first of (probably) hundreds of photos I need to catch up on.  Keep calm, they’re coming.

Click for February photos

Darwin’s Waiting Room

I know, I know, I’m a pain in the ass. Still no photos. I have other deadlines. Hold your horses.

This will keep you amused in the meantime. Shawn is performing with the comedy group Darwin’s Waiting Room for three weekends, and the local WMUR news channel did a segment for their magazine show NH Chronicle:

Darwin's Waiting Room – New Hampshire Chronicle – WMUR New Hampshire.

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Update

Hello, WordPress.  It’s been awhile.  In fact, it’s been so long, you’ve really changed your admin/text editor and I’m a little lost behind the scenes here.  I see different settings for uploading photos and videos that I’ll have to explore another time.

The good news is that I’ll have updates over the coming weeks, not only recent, but I’ll also catch us up from July.

A most recent update that I discovered only last night is that my 9/11 essay, the last entry I made below, was used by an English teacher friend in her classroom for the 10th anniversary.  She assigned each line of the essay to different students who read them aloud, and I believe two other teachers in her school used it as well.  Neat.  I’m glad someone took use of it, since it took me a few years to put that one together.  It’s nice to know someone “got” it, and spread it around, and that I wasn’t writing into a black hole vacuum.

Tonight I was updating my official bio in Google+ (you know, where I’ve been hanging out lately), and thought I’d also paste it below as a slice of life.  Keep checking back, as I intend to update photos to Flickr dating back to the summer.  Hopefully soon.  Happy December to all.

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A native New Yorker now living in New England, Margaret McAleese’s full-length biography play about Amelia Earhart, There’s a Girl in Boston, was commissioned and produced by Yellow Taxi Productions in Nashua, NH (considered for the American Theatre Critics Association’s New Play Award, 2003).

Margaret’s essay From Haystacks to Handbrakes was the first-place winner of the annual “My Brooklyn” writing festival sponsored by the Brooklyn Public Library in NYC in 2007.

Her short play, Captured, was chosen for the 2010 New Works Festival presented by New Hampshire Theatre Project, and in the Fall of 2010, her short play, Seven Sisters, was selected for performance as part of An Evening of Steampunk and Robot Theatre presented at The Players’ Ring in Portsmouth, NH.

In May 2011, Margaret participated in the 24 Hour Novel Project by contributing the entirety of chapter four to Overfly (a novel written in 24 hours by 23 writers).  In June she was a member of a writing team as well as a performer for a 48 Hour Film Project submission, and in November she was one of the playwrights selected for New Hampshire’s first 24 Hour Play Festival produced by Theatre KAPOW.  She capped off 2011 by performing in an old-time radio theatre production of A Christmas Carol at the Stone Church.