I’m in the land of Mitt Romney this week (
New Hampshire, if you’re not up on your governors or your politics) (as I evidently wasn’t – Romney is the former governor of MA, not NH! – Ooops – what do you expect from a Floridian?) . You’d never know the governor here the former governor of nearby MA just declared a run for president in 2012 – it seems everything else but that is in the news here. But maybe it’s just a case of been there, done that, got the t-shirt.
Or maybe New Englanders just have a better sense of the bigger picture than we do down south, where everything is headline news, delivered in the same 3 inch bold type font. Maybe that’s because it’s already pretty muggy outside down there right now and people tend to get all hot and bothered about things more easily. I think that’s why New Englanders always fly north for the summer – to get away from the heat and hair trigger Southerners.
Whatever it is, New England in the summer is always a welcome change , offering a textured hilly landscape of big leafy shade trees and dollhouse neighborhoods, with church steeples piercing the skyline at every turn. (I get how steeple chases worked, now!). I’m in town to learn more about my new part time work with FIRST robotics , an organization with which I’ve volunteered for years, and now hope to be able to help out in a more formal way.
I find it interesting that an organization so devoted to 21st century STEM learning, is headquartered in an old red brick mill town. But maybe that’s not so odd after all. Settled since the early 18th century, Manchester was on the cutting edge of the Industrial Revolution, home to Mill No. 11, the largest cotton mill in the world at 900 feet long by 103 feet wide, with 4,000 looms, as well as a vast production center for everything from shoes to rifles.
I love history, especially when its connections to the present are as visible and palpable as here in Manchester, where everything from the Victorian homes perched on hillsides to the repurposed millhouse buildings along the rushing Merrimack evoke the past so richly. Manchester is a great place to explore the continuum of learning and living in an ever changing, and yet somehow never changing, world.