Letters to the Editor

The January Picture Caption Contest Results!

"Dobby does NOT like so many Muggles hands touching him, sir!"

Lynn Rockwell, Chester, New Hampshire

(Jayne De Constant photo)

The NEW February

Take a look at this month's adjacent picture and send us as many caption entries as you wish. We are looking for captions that are witty and clever. Please include your name and the community where you live. The winner will be named in this section on the following month. Become famous!

(The deadline for submissions for this month's contest is February 19.)

On ”Wry Reflections – Viking Funerals and the Pirates of Rye …”

What's really strange is that in 1929, RKO studios brought out a film about Viking funerals in a certain N.H. town.  It was called "Rye Crisp", and featured 4 guys (2 tall, 2 short) and a gal with a large posterior. The four guys were considered pyromaniacs, or pyros for short, and that got altered to "pirates". The gal's posterior was termed "booty" even back then.  Coins tossed into the funeral pyre to tempt the gods were called "pieces of fate", and you can see where that's going.  The point is there's no such thing as pirates...it was all made up by the film company and things kinda got confused in the stock market crash.

And Wallis Sands? She (and her posterior) played the female lead.
James Dierks, Longboat Key, Florida

I just read the January issue of Rye Reflections and wonder if you guys are thinking of a Viking funeral in the future?

Any pirates seen in the Rye area will be apprehended for delusions of grandeur.
Peter Hood, Urbana, Illinois

Nice going, Black Dog. You should keep the earring.
Jonathan Winer, Sarasota, Florida

Hank, you astound me! When we were living in N. Borneo and Hong Kong more than a generation ago, there was always some pirate activity below Singapore and in the Turtle Islands between Borneo and the S. Philippines, but the extent of the activity off Somalia today is absolutely incredible!
Jim Estes, San Diego, California

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On ”Ice or snow? We will take the snow …”

As I read Bill Drew's article, I have abandoned my New England home and am pursuing my personal initiative to fight global warming by wintering on a tropic isle.  Global warming?  I must keep the faith and carry on!  

And, Jim, New Castle Saltines is my home away from home. Keep it coming and thanks.
Curt Gillespie, New Castle, New Hampshire

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”Tired of snow? Come slide on the dunes at White Sands …”

Enjoyed your article and photos, as always. Just great! Thanks.
Kathleen B. Starks, Las Vegas, Nevada

Great article, Judy. I love knowing about natural phenomena that occurs in nature.
Amelia McKinney, Rye, New Hampshire

Very nice write-up. Wonderful pictures.
Romona Wells, Washington State

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”Big God was a Baby (December 2008) …”

Thank you. That was a wonderful poem.  The thought that God is a baby is so true on many levels. God is love.
Betty Hamer, Amherst, New Hampshire

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”Rye Reflections …"

I much enjoyed reading the January issue of Rye Reflections!
Geoff Fitzgerald, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Late last night for some reason I could not sleep so on to the computer I went. I pulled up Rye Reflections" and started reading.  Marian Dunn’s experience about her husband starting her off skiing at the top of the highest trail reminded me of my same experience.  My husband was sure I would like the trail.  Off he went. I started but it was icy and I fell so many times it was not funny.  Finally I took my skis off and started walking down.  I was gone for such a long time and it was getting dark so the ski patrol was sent out to find me. They were successful and got me down off of the mountain. I would have loved to ski again, but unfortunately that horrible nightmare stayed with me and I never put on another pair of skis. I found other ways to enjoy the beautiful snow and winter scenery.

Reading about Bob managing the ski area in North Andover-Boston Hill brought back memories of the ski area in Danvers-Locust Lawn. I lived in Danvers and knew about the club and later met Nick Nichols whose family started it. Nick was a good friend of Richard Ellery who was a good friend of mine so during our many fun times together, Nick and Richard reminisced about Locust Lawn and the automobile powered jury-rigged tow ropes.  

This morning when I opened the section "Globe North" of the Boston Sunday Globe, whose picture do I see but Nick Nichols and an article "Memories of regions "lost" ski areas are kept alive on the Internet". The article was interesting and I thought the Dunns and others would also enjoy it.

I look forward to reading Rye Reflections and I can't wait to try Marion's recipe for Salmon Appetizers, also her Pumpkin Soup.

Keep up the good work.  You have so many interesting articles and great writers.
Priscilla Porter, Wenham Massachusetts

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”How do I begin to tell the story …”

Regarding the Opinion of Bill Veazey in the January 2009 issue, I say bravo! The school districts must reflect sound fiscal judgment in these difficult times. We here in the Derry area are fortunate that Pinkerton Academy has deferred the building of their planned "Freshman Building" until the economy improves. I'm sure the students and parents learned a great deal about financial responsibility and delayed gratification from this decision, and I hope the Seacoast can follow suit.
Lynn Rockwell, Chester, New Hampshire

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”New Year’s resolutions …”

Boy, oh boy, I do not want any more jokes either. They have taken up too much of my time. It is like receiving those catalogs in the mail for me. I have no willpower to throw them out without flicking through each one. I do the same with the jokes before deleting and rue the wasted time! I am an addict to things arriving unsolicited. I think (I know) that this compulsion is being used as an excuse to not get out there and either exercise or do the vacuuming! Pathetic, isn't it?
Susan Dudley, Rye, New Hampshire

Ellen Hamil’s article about New Year resolutions is worth reading and applying in my opinion. And I like her suggestions about what is worth sharing. Perhaps we ‘59ers could share such things via email in 2009.
Rita McDonald, Concord, New Hampshire

I sincerely enjoyed your note on resolutions. And can I ever relate to all you wrote regarding e-mails. Having spent 47 years in sales and marketing for several companies, I have met many friends along the way, and, via the internet, have managed to stay in contact with quite few of them. Some are retired and some are working. As a result, I receive about 40 – 50 e-mails per day, about 90% of which are jokes and spam. And, as you mention, a good 70% are jokes that I have received in the past few months. About 3 per week are worth sharing with some friends and they get sent along.
Ashley Fletcher, Pinehurst, North Carolina

With regard to Ellen Hamil's New Year's Resolutions concerning forwarding emails, Ellen mentions Snopes.com, but I would like to emphasize the usefulness of http://www.snopes.com/ as a resource for checking the veracity of messages. Remember that anyone can say anything and many can "Photoshop" a picture to make it seem what it is not. If it seems too preposterous to be true, it probably is falsified or faked. Even if it does not seem untrue, check Snopes.com. I often send the email back with the Snopes.com link included, to make others aware of Snopes.com. Happy New Year!

Judy Underwood, Timberon, New Mexico

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February, 2009