Writer Yoga: Walking Along the Edge

There’s a phrase I use a lot when I teach yoga — I let participants know we’re looking for the space between “easy” and “ouch.” You know that space. It’s not just in yoga. In anything we do, there’s a place where we’re challenging ourselves, but not setting ourselves up to fail. That’s the Edge, the line where we need to walk if we’re going to improve our skills at whatever we’re doing. On the mat, it’s where we feel the muscles stretching and lengthening, gravity and our alignment assisting us into the pose. The easy is when we don’t …

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Meet the Characters: Chris Kimmett

Exeter State music instructor Chris Kimmett has loved playing since he was a child, and now spends most of his time either creating music or helping others improve their performances. “Music is a huge part of who I am,” Kimmett said. “An injury in college prevented me from making performing a career, but I’ve found I like composing and teaching just as much. There’s nothing like helping somebody master a new skill. And working with so many musicians feeds the part of my brain that creates music — I often get home from a rehearsal and sit down to compose …

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Review: A Thirty-Something Girl by L.M. Stull

L.M. Stull’s debut novel A Thirty-Something Girl has a fascinating main character: Hope has been living a lie, covering up what she sees as her imperfections until they come crashing down around her on her birthday. Hope has hit rock-bottom, and we get to follow her on her way back up. I had to read this book in two sittings for time reasons, and when I got to the first point where I had to  stop, I was seriously tempted to keep going and deal with the missing sleep the next day. Hope’s story sucked me in and I couldn’t …

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Around Town: The Exeter Ledger

The paper is still downtown, an old building that stretches back to the block behind it. The Stoneburner family started the paper back in the late 1800s, publishing twice a week. The Exeter Ledger was one of three papers in the town at the time, and soon ended up as the only one. The paper moved to this building in 1903, with a special two-story room in the back of the first floor for the printing press operation. The paper does Scout troop tours several times a year, and the printing press is always one of the highlights. The troops …

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Indie Interview: Roz Morris

Roz Morris is a best-selling ghostwriter and book doctor in the UK, but when it came to publish her own work, she decided to go the indie route because what she wanted to write wasn’t what publishers wanted to sell. She talks about her choices, including a decision to serialize her literary novel and what it takes to make that concept work. She mentions further down, the differences between British and American spelling, usage and punctuation make it difficult for her to feel comfortable editing an American work, so as an example, I’ve left the British elements intact.  Tell us …

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Softening Our Grip on Outcomes Through Nonattachment

Back when I had a yoga studio, I had a weekly yoga philosophy discussion group. It started as a short workshop at The Sacred Circle, a local bookstore that carries some wonderful yoga and meditation books, among other things. In the workshop, in the discussion group, in every yoga training I’ve taken that’s touched on this and in my own teaching, nonattachment has proven to be the toughest concept to grasp. At its most basic, nonattachment means letting go of our grip on outcomes. That’s a tough concept for most of us to first understand and then to live. I …

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Meet the Character: Riordan Boyle

You might not have met Riordan Boyle, but you’ve probably seen him telling stories, maybe even stopped to listen while shopping at O’Leary’s Market or on your way to a table at Corcoran’s Pub. Boyle’s a third-generation lawyer, and is well-known in town for taking on cases other atttorneys wouldn’t touch. He does pro bono work for clients of some of the local social services agencies, and credits longtime friend Becca Stone with opening his eyes to some of the groups that needed help. But when people talk about him,

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Six-Sentence Sunday: Thrown Out: Stories from Exeter

From Thrown Out, the title story in my short-story collection Thrown Out: Stories from Exeter. He swallowed and made himself take a step into the alley. The trash bins along the wall smelled of stale beer, and bile started to rise in his throat. He forced himself to take another step, reminding himself the wall was cinderblock, not brick. A third step. It wasn’t nearly as late, the sky still the blue of dusk, not the black of night. He started to take another step, but a noise stopped him; he looked back for the source. If you like the …

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Review: Shine by Lauren Myracle

Lauren Myracle’s Shine drew attention after the National Book Award fiasco back in the fall, and while the situation was unfortunate at best, it drew lots of attention to a well-deserving book. Shine is a gem of a young adult novel, compelling in its ability to wrestle with difficult issues while entertaining. Myracle’s rural Southern mountain village and its inhabitants are well-drawn, with plenty of dimension. She doles out backstory carefully, hinting and giving us just enough to entice without  annoying. When Cat’s secret is finally revealed, we have a good sense of what generally happened, and then the details …

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Around Town: Exeter Train Station

At mid-day, the Exeter train station is quiet, the small depot shut up. The low-roofed building peaks in the center at the station’s heart, before flattening to a slope just barely steep enough to allow snow to run off of it during the winter. The bricks are faded from time, the original clay red softened to a brownish orange. The original slate roof has patches of different colors where repairs have been made over the years. A white MBTA board with purple strips top and bottom shows the Worcester to Boston line that runs through here; a small plastic container …

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