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Over Easy: Marvels in the heavens, and in the yard
04-11-2024 5:01 PM

By DAN MACKIE

It was Traffic vs. the Eclipse on Monday, a showdown of celestial proportions. Would I risk everything like Marco Polo who bravely set out to see the world, or follow the example of his brother Rocco, who said their hometown of Venice was “plenty good...

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Over Easy: Happy enough in the Upper Valley
03-28-2024 4:39 PM

By DAN MACKIE

The World Happiness Report is out, and America’s ranking might make you frown. The USA, where “the pursuit of happiness” is enshrined in the Constitution, just after “the Right to Taylor Swift Concert Tickets” and “Snacks on on Super Bowl Sunday,” has...


Over Easy: Irishness in America
03-14-2024 2:51 PM

By DAN MACKIE

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and I suppose in Ireland there might be a pub on that very corner. So there’s a little bit of sadness in knowing that my West Lebanon corner leads to a gas station with hot dogs spinning on rollers...


Over Easy: Oats could be the answer
02-29-2024 9:01 PM

By DAN MACKIE

This inflation thing has gone too far. Not only are supermarkets working toward a $5 minimum for essentials such as cookies, the cost of something near and dear to my heart is inching ever higher.I refer to often overlooked old-fashioned oats. They...


Over Easy: No mail today
02-15-2024 6:59 PM

By DAN MACKIE

The U.S. Postal Service seems to think it can get mail to us more quickly by sending it far away and hauling it back. It is hatching a scheme — for all I know named Project Hither and Yon — to ship mail from Hartford, Vt., to Hartford, Conn., where it...


Over Easy: Outlook uncertain for love outbreak
02-01-2024 10:01 PM

By DAN MACKIE

We recently voted in the New Hampshire presidential primary — you may have heard of it. I went to the polls in low spirits, but I am always cheered by the friendly poll workers in West Lebanon who have to make sure I’m not trying to steal an...


Over Easy: Give us serious winter
01-18-2024 9:00 PM

By DAN MACKIE

It doesn’t do much good to complain about the weather because Mother Nature ignores my texts and emails.Thanks to climate change or something else (choose your own reality), the 10-day outlook calls for warm, cold, sun, clouds, calm, gales, drought...


Over Easy: Welcome to the world 
01-05-2024 9:44 AM

By DAN MACKIE

In accordance with recent practice, I was asleep when the New Year arrived with toots and kisses and other merriments that are not compelling to someone who just recently turned 71, that is, me.Oh, well, the calendar has turned and this needs to be...


Over Easy: The more the merrier
12-23-2023 2:19 AM

By DAN MACKIE

Tis the season to be as merry as we can manage. It’s fair to say that political and cultural events in 2023 have left us with something of a glee shortage. The latest polls say good will to men is not trending upward.And even Santa Claus is affected...


Over Easy: Embracing the gray
12-09-2023 12:21 AM

It hasn’t escaped my attention that I am growing older. So are you, daily, despite those gym memberships and fancy moisturizing creams.As for us oldsters, there seems to be a surplus. We are plentiful while the supply of young workers — the ones who...


Dan Mackie: These Patriots might not have won the revolution
11-24-2023 1:21 PM

By DAN MACKIE

I have long counted on the New England Patriots to carry me through winter slumps, but it looks like this is not going to be our year. In a word, they stink.The blockers offer no resistance, only a pat on the back to linemen rushing by. “See you next...


Over Easy: No garden spot
11-10-2023 9:39 PM

By DAN MACKIE

Is the Upper Valley making too much of Jersey Mike’s? I don’t think so — could we make too much of the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon or the spectacular moonwalk, first by astronauts, and later by Michael Jackson? Jersey Mike’s is a sub shop, and...


Over Easy: The stores we miss in the Upper Valley
10-27-2023 3:58 PM

By DAN MACKIE

I’m a sap for nostalgia, so the feelings started flowing recently when I happened upon an online discussion about Upper Valley businesses we miss. I’m not sure why memory attaches to certain stores, but it does, like a sticky spill on aisle 2.I’m not...


Over Easy: Celebrate National Today Day
10-13-2023 8:00 PM

By DAN MACKIE

Life is pretty much a day-to-day proposition, and sometimes it’s hard to distinguish one from another. So along comes a mysterious process in which a particular 24 hours are declared the likable National Strawberry Shortcake Day or the underrated...


Over Easy: No place like Rome
09-29-2023 8:24 PM

By DAN MACKIE

Have you thought about ancient Rome today? That is an odd question, related to one of the oddest trend stories I’ve encountered on the internet.An online social influencer recently urged followers to ask the men in their life how often they think...


Over Easy: Presidential candidates should promise smooth path for Jersey Mike’s opening
09-29-2023 10:42 AM

By DAN MACKIE

Presidential primary season is upon us, as it is every four years. Little deal New Hampshire gets to feel like a big deal and local pols hope to catch a rising star and win a key post in the next administration.As a longtime New Hampshire voter, I...


Over Easy: Potpourri of pondering
09-01-2023 8:09 PM

By DAN MACKIE

I couldn’t come up with anything to write about today, so I decided to write about everything. Bear with me, dear readers, I had open heart surgery in late July and principally have been walking and napping since then.If there is a walking/napping...


Over Easy: Be still my heart
08-18-2023 9:57 PM

By DAN MACKIE

A funny thing happened on the way to a DHMC operating room. On the morning of July 26, as I pondered my fate on a hospital gurney, a medical professional asked me if I knew “exactly” why I was there that day.I chuckled. “If I wasn't here,” I said, “my...


Over Easy: You bet your life
08-04-2023 4:53 PM

By DAN MACKIE

I have never had much interest in gambling, other than in matters like eating dicey leftovers from the fridge. “I have an iron stomach,” I tell my wife and chief risk assessment officer, Dede, who does not always approve.As for sports gambling, which...


Over Easy: The family wagon
07-21-2023 5:56 PM

By DAN MACKIE

I think I know how to save America: Bring back the station wagon.That’s a bold statement, but stick with me. When America ruled the world, station wagons ruled the road. Roof racks were common and could hold half the nation’s GDP, hopefully strapped...


Over Easy: Aging heroically
07-07-2023 4:27 PM

It feels like I have been writing about age a lot lately. It may be topical, or perhaps I have reached the age when I can’t help repeating myself.Either way, we saw “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” in Hanover last weekend and I popped online...

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