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Dana Wormald

Dana Wormald

Dana Wormald, a lifelong resident of New Hampshire, has been a newspaper editor for more than 25 years. He began his career on the Concord Monitor’s news desk in 1995 and later spent more than a decade at the New Hampshire Union Leader. In 2014, he returned to the Monitor to serve as opinion editor, a position he held until being named editor of the Bulletin.

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Editor’s Notebook: Nine miles down September Road

By: - September 21, 2021

After Saturday morning coffee, I load four plastic storage bins into the back of the truck. The two closest to the cab are green and have red snap-on covers, and I wonder sometimes whether the Christmas colors make people think I’m lugging popsicle-stick ornaments, a Gordian knot of multi-colored lights, and artificial garland. They’d be […]

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Editor’s Notebook: Bertrand and Jiddu, Alan and Eckhart

By: - September 15, 2021

We spent an afternoon in Portsmouth over Labor Day weekend. The main purpose, to the extent there was one, was to visit a record store so my daughter could add Halsey’s latest to her vinyl collection. The promise of lunch by the ocean – in my opinion the very best way to bid farewell to […]

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Editor’s Notebook: ‘The human world is not an easy place to live’

By: - September 8, 2021

“As I climb the mountain path, I ponder – “If you work by reason, you grow rough-edged; if you choose to dip your oar into sentiment’s stream, it will sweep you away. Demanding your own way only serves to constrain you. However you look at it, the human world is not an easy place to […]

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Editor’s Notebook: The anatomy of sleepless nights

By: - September 1, 2021

There’s a lot to worry about these days – and nights.  I’ll refrain from exploring that statement in detail, because if you’re anything like me you go over the list nightly when you should be sleeping. But in fairness to current events, my inability to sleep seems to be only partially caused by the unraveling […]

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Editor’s Notebook: First days and next times

By: - August 25, 2021

Pristine three-ring binders. Sharpened pencils. Crisp folders and notebooks. This is the season of clean slates and fresh starts. It’s been many years since my last first day of school, but the promptings of this section of the calendar hold firm. As summer slips away, I find myself remaking an annual promise I’ve never been […]

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The summit of Mount Kearsarge looking out two green trees, a small lake and blue skies.

Editor’s Notebook: The view from here and there

By: - August 18, 2021

From the right elevation, there is order in the world. There is beauty, and there is peace. The whole package can be yours for only four dollars paid at the quaint Rollins State Park office, followed by a leisurely 3.5-mile drive up the Mount Kearsarge auto road and a half-mile hike to the 2,937-foot summit. […]

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Trees are visible from an old window in a rustic workshop

Editor’s Notebook: A workshop for fixing things

By: - August 11, 2021

It’s early afternoon, and Cannonball Adderley’s “Autumn Leaves” drips out of a small, cheap CD player atop the workshop’s hand-me-down mini fridge. A laptop rests on a workbench that was cobbled together, presumably long ago, by a no-nonsense tinkerer. The rough-hewn beams and planks that form the frame are topped with low-grade plywood, most likely […]

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Editor’s Notebook: Grilling season

By: - August 4, 2021

The grill died last week. Maybe I should try to keep you reading by saying it was all quite dramatic – explosive even – and that the kebabs were scorched to dust by a ball of flames, but the truth is a lot less exciting. A few weeks ago the igniter stopped working, which I […]

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Editor’s Notebook: Wonderful days and days full of wonder

By: - July 28, 2021

Last week, a reader sent a note thanking me for writing about E.B. White and White’s dachshund, Fred. I’ve not yet reached the stage of my personal development where I no longer hope for a little external validation here and there, so it was a nice way to start the day. I waited a bit […]

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Two books, The Writing Life and Essays of E.B. White rest on a rock on the edge of a river

Editor’s Notebook: A line of words

By: - July 21, 2021

“When you write, you lay out a line of words.” That is the first sentence of Annie Dillard’s 1989 book, “The Writing Life.” She continues: “The line of words is a miner’s pick, a woodcarver’s gouge, a surgeon’s probe. You wield it, and it digs a path you follow. Soon you find yourself deep in […]

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A person holds a Trump-Pence 2016 sign near red, white, and blue balloons

Editor’s Notebook: Of thinkers and mimics

By: - July 14, 2021

During the 2016 election cycle, the editorial board on which I served met with many weary presidential candidates from a crowded Republican field in the weeks and months before the New Hampshire primary. A few candidates declined our invitation to sit for a one-hour interview – eventual nominee Donald Trump was among them – but […]

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Editor’s Notebook: A return to Union Cemetery

By: - July 7, 2021

A period of cold rain made me think of her, so I picked a few English daisies from near the river and set out for Bradford. I’d like to say the flowers were beautiful, but three days of searing heat followed by three days of runoff from Route 127 had taken a toll. They were […]