A brief, but wild, storm tore two large branches from the main trunk of an old red maple in our front yard last weekend. The dismantled maple is one of three in a row along one border of our yard, offering shade in summer, beautiful color in fall, and a host of perches for the birds that flit through the fields year round. The tree is lopsided now, leaning away from the woods and toward the mountains, and since it’s in the middle of the group, that whole edge of the yard seems out of balance.
But this summer I have finally taken it on. I’ve cleaned out many years’ worth of junk from the closets. I’ve sorted my children’s art work and other keepsakes neatly by year into individual storage containers. I’ve recycled hundreds of gift boxes, which I’m not sure why I saved in the first place, since I’m a lazy present wrapper who generally skips the box and goes straight for the paper.
Amid the muddled mess were several boxes of personal items returned to me when my parents moved into a smaller house. For four years, these have been sitting in a disheveled heap in the corner of the office farthest from my desk. Occasionally I’ve peaked into a box to find an old journal or photograph. Inevitably, I’d end up sitting on the floor, flipping pages and digging through memories until one of the kids called for me or I remembered there was something on the stove or an appointment to keep. READ MORE
McCarthy McPhaul is an award winning author and journalist. She lives
in northern New
Hampshire, where she works as a freelance writer, penning magazine and newspaper articles,
newsletters, press releases, and copy for Web sites and Blogs.
She received the Skade Award from the International Skiing History Association for her book
A History of Cannon Mountain: Trails, Tales and Skiing Legends. She has also been honored by the
New England Press Association for excellence in spot news coverage and feature writing.
What people are saying about
Trails, Tales and Skiing Legends:
"The author's talent in writing the oft-neglected biographies of Cannon's pioneer skiers and developers in such delightful detail is commended and certainly the reader's good fortune."
"A nifty little book..."
"McPhaul ... gracefully and compassionaltely ... adds much to our understanding of Cannon Mountain and the forces and people that tried to tame it."
"...a really superb, well-done book. A History of Cannon Mountain does a remarkable job of conveying the spirit, atmosphere, and joy of ... Cannon Mountain."
This is the first comprehensive history written about Cannon Mountain, one of the oldest ski areas in the
United States and a cradle of American ski history.
To learn more about the book or purchase a copy, please visit the Cannon Mountain page.