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.

A sliver of river and icy snow

Editor’s Notebook: Shouldn’t we be happier?

By: - February 9, 2022

Is morning still morning when it’s indistinguishable from night? More than an hour before sunrise the alarm sounds, a shrieking digital racket void of celestial rhythm. Bedding is pushed away cruelly, as if by other hands, and the February cold coils around exposed extremities. In the kitchen, coffee warms hands and throat but the comfort […]

Snowy woods

Editor’s Notebook: Exploring the simulation

By: - February 2, 2022

I’m not crazy about the guy my Google news feed thinks I am. That person seems to be obsessed with Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck, as well as a reality show called “Below Deck” and, of late, singer Don McLean of “American Pie” fame. No offense to Leo, Ben, and Don – or their fans […]

A wall with two paintings and a thermostat

Editor’s Notebook: What, me worry?

By: - January 26, 2022

The furnace stopped working on Sunday morning. Instead of the house slowly warming as we sipped coffee, it grew steadily colder.  “Why am I freezing this morning?” my wife asked as I swallowed the last of the second cup. “Because it’s cold out,” I said with a shrug. I was tired and had no interest […]

A ground-level view of a snowbank

Editor’s Notebook: Heavy lifting at the end of the driveway

By: - January 19, 2022

I spent most of Monday morning clearing snow from the driveway. As much as I don’t want that to be read as a complaint, the truth is I don’t much care for shoveling and have nothing to gain by claiming otherwise. Granted, there’s some instant gratification to be had. Like a mowed lawn, a driveway […]

The Warner River in winter

Editor’s Notebook: A chill in January

By: - January 12, 2022

The weather app reported a temperature of zero degrees early Tuesday morning, and I took it at its word.  There’s probably somebody in town with a thermometer on the sunny side of their barn who could dispute the data – who could offer proof that zero was an exaggeration or an outright lie and that […]

A book and cup of tea on a small table with a plant and a lamp

Editor’s Notebook: The ultimate New Year’s resolution

By: - January 5, 2022

I wrote the headline for this notebook entry before I started writing the essay. What’s more, I wrote it without having any idea what the resolution is or what would make it “ultimate.” It’s the kind of thing a desperate writer does in the foggy wake of a long holiday. Guy Clark said, “Some days […]

Annmarie Timmins, Amanda Gokee, and Ethan Dewitt sit in an office

Editor’s Notebook: What a year, what a staff, what a state

By: - December 15, 2021

In most ways, getting older kind of stinks. If I don’t stretch daily, I risk injury while performing such strenuous tasks as brushing my teeth or leaning forward to pick up my phone from the coffee table. It takes all of my self restraint to not do the “slow down” gesture at vehicles I believe […]

A chalkboard in a home kitchen with the week's menu

Editor’s Notebook: The winter solstice

By: - December 8, 2021

There’s an old fireplace in our kitchen that’s no longer functional. During a remodel sometime in the early 2000s, somebody decided they didn’t want it anymore – or maybe it needed more work than they were willing to do or pay for – and so they blocked it off. But to their credit, they recognized […]

Bare tree branches against a blue sky

Editor’s Notebook: Looking skyward, waiting for the wind

By: - December 1, 2021

“Maybe Rosebud was something he couldn’t get or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn’t explain anything. I don’t think any word can explain a man’s life. No, I guess Rosebud is just a piece in a jigsaw puzzle – a missing piece.” – Jerry Thompson (played by William Alland), “Citizen Kane,” 1941. IT IS 1978 […]

Books on a window sill next to a plant, with a brick building in the background

Editor’s Notebook: The barn anthologies

By: - November 16, 2021

I awoke Monday morning to a New Hampshire wrapped in misty November gray, and so I thought I’d do a little catching up with Nathaniel Hawthorne – a misty November gray kind of guy. But he was nowhere to be found. Like a lot of his contemporaries, Hawthorne resides in my barn. The lucky ones […]

A crowded street at night in Boston

Editor’s Notebook: The things we carry

By: - November 10, 2021

On Friday, I returned to Boston for the first time since the virus changed everything. There were seven of us in all, including three teenagers headed for a concert on Tremont Street and four adults with plans for a long walk and a quiet dinner.  We took leave of the girls once they were safely […]


Editor’s Notebook: ‘Boy With Improbable Ducks’

By: - November 3, 2021

For the first two decades of my journalism career, I worked nights in the large open space for copy editors and reporters known as the “bullpen.” Not only was it a lot of fun, it’s where I learned how to be a journalist in practice rather than theory. I paid close attention to how reporters […]