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We Choose to Go to the Moon

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We Choose to Go to the Moon

  “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.” –J.F.K., Sept. 12, 1962     When Katy and I took on Joy Lane Farm, our first goal was to make it our...

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Your Favorite Christmas Tradition 20 Years From Now

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Your Favorite Christmas Tradition 20 Years From Now

This is the best tradition you can give your kids. Every year since I was born my parents have given me a Christmas ornament that had something to do with what happened that year. Our Christmas tree was 14′ tall, so there was plenty of room for all the ornaments and each of the kids had our own box of ornaments, which we had to hang ourselves. For awhile, this was just something nice we did, one more present under the tree, another tradition. But now my memories from those years have begun to fade. We’ve moved away from our family...

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Phew, Where Did the Fall Go?

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Phew, Where Did the Fall Go?

Most of the leaves have fallen and we find ourselves talking about who’s making the pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Looking back over this fall, it was one of the best. Our favorite memories were… Exploring New Places: training to be Batman being a captain visiting the "ocean park" taking the time to ponder Passing on Favorite Traditions: picking apples going for picnics Anytime We Were Together: being sisters a final, windy day at Rye harbor trying to take a family picture being goofballs Anytime We Slept: Have a Great Thanksgiving!!! What are your favorite fall memories? Comment and tell us...

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Final Confessions

Final Confessions

The line, “Harry doesn’t know how to fail,” haunted me for years after I saw Armageddon. We fail often. There it is in its simplicity and its terror. One of the first times I scaled our manufacturing, I made 500 soaps in a day, a new record for us. Unfortunately, some equipment changes muddled our temperature controls and the next day all the soaps were riddled with spots. They were okay to use, but not to sell. My heart sank. Things were financially thinner at the time and I reported to my wife the loss. Some failures recede with memory,...

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Confessions II

Confessions II

Downtown Portsmouth It’s a little embarrassing, but between Katy and I, I’m the one who loves to shop. Katy shops like my dad (who shops like an assault squad). Every errand is a military operation maximizing one ratio: In this ratio, as in life, time is also money. If we only need a couple things, one of us stays in the car with Makayla while the other runs into the store. At Market Basket, we move from right to left with our grocery list, thanks to Katy, arranged by aisle. It’s steady and organized. Once I picked out items based on white...

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