Yester-Heroes: Handling the ‘Idle and Dissolute’

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A growing textile industry brought more people, more attendant businesses, and a new set of social ills that Nashua Police had to contend with. Before the days of television and the internet, people, especially working people, needed a release from the grinding hours of running a textile machine in a hot factory. Some found solace at the bottom of a bottle.

Snowflake

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I am a person who seeks to understand difference.  When someone disagrees with me, and they want to talk about it, I am usually happy to engage.  I once had a long email exchange with someone who read a column I had written about values. In the column I said something like, “If I have a choice of places to eat, and I know that one of the places treats its workers far better than the others, that’s where I am going to eat.” He wrote and asked why. He asked whether it would make my food taste better.

Wrapping my head around the phrase ‘to let yourself go’

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I don’t remember when I first heard it, but I do remember when the first time I heard it and understood what it meant was – I was at a high school reunion and I was in the ladies room. I was already feeling insecure and wondering if I could make an early exit when I heard one classmate say that about another. I was sure that they were talking about me, until one woman said it was “no wonder her marriage split up.”

Yester-Heroes: Revolving Doors and Open Doors 

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At this time, badges were the only tangible item owned by the department carried by the marshal or watchmen. The only other property owned by the Police Department was possibly some office furniture and the holding cells in the basement of the City Hall. The Annual Report for the city does not even mention firearms owned as police department property until 1874 when “8 revolvers” were accounted for.

Rilian Now

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My dog Rilian is usually the sweetest, nicest, most obedient dog in the world.  In the morning, Lucy lets him out into the yard to do his business, and he usually just does it, and trots happily back to the house, where he will be fed.  Once fed, he comes to see me for morning cuddles before I go to work.

Usually.

Puzzles

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And one of the things that I was firmly convinced of was that the ability to figure out a mystery and the ability to complete a crossword were somehow entwined.  It did not really matter, though, because I was hooked on both, forever.

The Soapbox: New Hampshire, it’s time to acknowledge the YDC stories of suffering

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I was a child protection service worker (CPSW) at the Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) back in the 1990s. I’m now a farmer at the Manchester Food Bank’s one-acre garden located on the grounds of the Youth Development Center, colloquially known as the Youth Detention Center.