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It's All in the Details

How an 1840 Colonial farmhouse was restored to accommodate a 21st century lifestyle with respect to its architectural heritage.

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Scott Prinz was hopeful about his new computer chip business, but not so hopeful that he felt comfortable offering a million dollars for a farmhouse in Rye. New Hampshire, regardless of how beautifully it had been restored, how inviting his wife Staci found the fields of apple orchards, the manicured lawns, the kidney-shaped swimming pool. Yet on that snowy Saturday in March, Scott found himself wandering the old Rand farm with its owner, again noting the hand-planed paneling, the custom windows with antique glass, the wide pine floors stained a rich pumpkin. So much craftsmanship. So much attention to specifics. He made an offer.


Selected Works

Essay
Cold. Rain. Black flies. Biting dogs. What else could go wrong on this bike vacation?
Yankee Magazine
Alison Hardy has dedicated her career to saving antique windows.
Travel essay published in the anthology "Around the World."
How does one survive biking in Cambridge, the legendary English city of narrow, winding streets, congested traffic, bellowing drivers, and cows? Lots of cows.
Caught between caring for their parents and their own families, members of the sandwich generation struggle to cope with the many challenges of parenting a parent.
Can you be fit and fat? Contrary to common belief, yes you can.
Writer Sue Hertz explores a lifelong ambition – learning to sing on key. Can she? Will she?
With the help of an antiques dealer, nutritionist, and a medieval scholar, Carol Shea-Porter, who had never held public office, beat the Republican incumbent to represent her New Hampshire district in the U.S. Congress.
Remember the warmth, the closeness, the dailiness of the family meal? Neither do we. A Boston Magazine essay exploring the reasons behind the disappearing family dinner and the repercussions.
Hockey great Bobby Orr may have knees like no other, but that doesn't mean the rest of us haven't abused the joint beyond its intention.
Boston Globe Magazine cover story on the gentrification of this seaport city on the coast of New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Historical Society's regal home, one of the state's most renowned structures, celebrates its 100th birthday. The path to the creation of Concord's architectural gem was anything but smooth.
Book
Write Choices blasts through the boundaries between different forms of narrative nonfiction, focusing on the choices all writers of all forms make at every juncture, from choosing an idea, to collecting content, to creating a structure, to revising.
A powerful narrative illustrating the impact of abortion politics on women and health care workers.