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 tree-lined paved road leading toward sunshine

Editor’s Notebook: A weather report in mid-fall

By: - October 27, 2021

Robert Frost tried to warn us about falling into the trap, but we’re just a couple of suckers. “Nothing gold can stay,” he said, but there we were on Sunday afternoon, casually drinking up the sunshine from red camp chairs as if we hadn’t already arrived at the archway to endless gray. I’ve lived in […]

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Editor’s Notebook: Guy Clark Magical Music Hour

By: - October 19, 2021

My older daughter was born six weeks early, arriving on her mom and dad’s first anniversary. And long before she announced her impending arrival in the middle of a quiet celebratory dinner at The Common Man in Concord, I had already started planning her musical education. I would never be able to teach her how […]

A red leaf on damp earth

Editor’s Notebook: A tumultuous privacy of pandemic

By: - October 13, 2021

Sometimes a bright red leaf on damp earth is enough to break your heart. I took the photo in August, during a long walk on a quiet road, a full four weeks before the official beginning of autumn. It was a warm Sunday afternoon, and I wasn’t so much caught in the rain as chasing […]

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Editor’s Notebook: A new home and lots to be thankful for

By: - October 6, 2021

This week, the New Hampshire Bulletin team – Annmarie, Ethan, Amanda, and I – will be moving into our new home on North Main Street in downtown Concord, our first time together in a real newsroom, and so I thought I would use this page of the Editor’s Notebook to briefly say thank you to […]

An apple orchard beneath a bright blue sky

Editor’s Notebook: Cortland apples, afternoon sun, and ‘Ted Lasso’

By: - September 29, 2021

Like many of you, I’ve embraced every scrap of comfort and joy I can find during this long stretch of hard times. It’s not yet October, and I’ve made more trips to Carter Hill Orchard for Cortland apples, cider donuts, and mums than the last several years combined. On weekend afternoons, I’ve discovered the simple […]

A view of early foliage under a blue sky

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 […]

Trees and rocks on a hiking trail

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 […]

A cat sleeps on a couch cushion

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 […]

A desk with a binder and notebook paper, with a pencil case and markers in the background.

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]