The Power of Place iPad® Collection is Now Available
Yankee Magazine’s March/April 2013 “Power of Place” issue featured stories about how our homes and our land defines who we are. Never before has a single issue resonated so profoundly with readers, who sent e-mails, handwritten letters, even phone calls saying what the issue meant. Some were moved to tears; others were emboldened to further protect and cherish their own special places.
“In New England—a region so compact, so woven with landscape and history and ancestry and tradition—the sense of place burrows more deeply than anywhere else. Since Yankee’s start in 1935, our pages have explored how our roots, where we come from, define who we are,” says Ian Aldrich, editor of the collection. “Now, for the first time, we’ve assembled our favorite sense of place stories into a single collection. It’s a varied mix. Certainly all of them will make you think more deeply about your home and the cherished places that help define who you are.”
Letters from Readers about Yankee’s March/April Issue:
This is without a doubt the best issue of Yankee I have ever read. I say this as a father now living in New Jersey, longing for that sense of place, one that I knew as a child and young man growing up in northern New Hampshire and that I long to be able to give my children. There is a powerful and important message within your five articles on the power of place, one that I fear has been lost to many. Simply put, it is that money isn’t everything, and that family, community, and a sense of stewardship and place are what matter most when you look in the mirror each night. The integrity, grit, and determination that you highlight are more important than ever to our futures. Well done and thank you.
— Aaron Schomburg
Princeton, New Jersey
I am in awe of your recent issue. Having been involved in land conservation for close to 30 years, both in my current capacity as executive director of a nonprofit land trust and, before that, as manager of Massachusetts’ Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program, I have assisted hundreds of farmers and other landowners in conserving their land, many of whom share the same concerns (financial and otherwise), emotions, and family dynamics of the people highlighted in your magazine. Your issue couldn’t have done a better job of capturing the intensity of the decisions many landowners will eventually face.
— Richard K. Hubbard
New Salem, Massachusetts
I have been a subscriber to Yankee for many years. It fills my heart with nostalgia for New England and its magnificent beauty and its people. But your March/April issue went over the top. I want to buy copies and send them to people all over this country who also f ind a “power of place” where they live. I read each word with tears and a gnawing in the heart for what this country has become. You people tore open the hearts of many, I’m sure, with this issue. Thank you for this issue; it’s one of your best.
— Marsha Lorraine Downs
Warren, New Hampshire
My wife and I have been readers of Yankee for many, many years, and we honestly can’t remember when an issue like March/April has touched us more. Our land was once threatened by the possible construction of a floodcontrol dam back in the ’70s, but wiser thinking eventually prevailed. Howard Mansfield’s stories [“‘My Roots Are Deeper Than Your Pockets’ ” and “‘I Will Not Leave’ ”] really struck home; both pieces brought memories as well as tears. We know how “the land lives inside the person” and we will be continually reminded of that as we approach [Romaine Tenney’s former land] near Exit 8 off I-91. Maybe, just maybe, we might be able to envision Tenney haying his field, tending to the
land he so much loved.
— Lance & Pauline Magnuson
Contents: The Power of Place iPad® Collection
“I Will Not Leave” (March/April 2013)—by Howard Mansfield: Romaine Tenney vowed he would never abandon his family’s Vermont farm, which lay in the path of the future Interstate 91.
“My Roots are Deeper Than Your Pockets” (March/April 2013)— by Howard Mansfield: Rooted in the soul and the soil, an abiding love of the land they live on gives some courageous citizens the grit to defy the tide of development around them.
“Answering Back” (March/April 2013)—by Edie Clark: Friends and family celebrate the legacy of a 250-year-old home.
“A Promise Kept” (March/April 2013)—by Mel Allen: Rescued by a dedicated group of back-to-the-landers in rural northern New Hampshire, the Poore Family Homestead is now a historic farm museum open to all.
“Where the Heart Rubs Against the Place” (March/April 2013)—by Julia Shipley: In Cabot, Vermont, kids and adults contribute hand-drawn maps of their most treasured neighborhoods, hideaways, woods, and byways.
“Blood Ties to the Land” (November/December 2012)—by Jennifer Latson: In this provocative “House for Sale,” the Tuttle family, heirs to America’s oldest existing farm, discover that some historic legacies come with a cost.
“A True Story With Two Endings (So Far!)” (January/February 2011)—by The Yankee Moseyer: Forty years ago we featured a property in Lancaster, New Hampshire, in our “House for Sale” column. You won’t believe what happened next.
“Holding On” (November/December 2010)—by Ben Hewitt: In the face of formidable economic hurdles, Vermont’s remaining dairy farmers cling to the land and to the work they love.
“Whatever Happened to the Old Man?” (March/April 2010)—More than a decade since the collapse of New Hampshire’s beloved cliffside rock formation, its fate still hangs in the balance.
“A Disappearing Island” (September/October 2008)—by Ian Aldrich: Nantucket’s battle against erosion pits summer homeowners against year-round residents.
“Fridays With Bert” (May/June 2008)—by Mel Allen: Bert Southwick has been delivering eggs around Northfield, New Hampshire, since the days of FDR.
“The Most Controversial Woman in Maine” (March/April 2008)—by Edie Clark: Roxanne Quimby is buying up thousands of acres of the North Woods. Her goal: to preserve the landscape and stop developers.
“Fire on the Farm” (March/April 2007)—by Mel Allen: When a fire destroyed the Bachelder dairy farm in Epsom, New Hampshire, the community came together to help them rebuild.
“The Price of a View” (March/April 2007)—by Castle Freeman Jr.: How much would you pay to see a mountain?
“The Guide and the Allagash” (July/August 2001)—by Jim Collins: When Gil Gilpatrick leads a canoe trip, the great river reveals itself.
“A Place for Wooden Boats” (August 1999)—by Bill Mayher: Brooklin, Maine, is just a dot at the end of a peninsula. But for those who love wooden boats, it’s the end of the rainbow.
“The Story of Ruth” (August 1995)—by Edie Clark: For several decades Ruth Farris wrote a column for the newspaper in her hometown of Cutler, Maine. It chronicled a cherished way of life that may not be with us much longer.
“A Personal Place” (February 1990)—by Mel Allen: It’s only 32 acres of Maine granite covered with spruce and sumac, but in 1986 Stephen Perrin moved there to spend the rest of his life learning all about it.
“The Governor and the Ranger” (November 1988)—by Mel Allen: The 200,000-acre legacy that Percival Baxter left to the people of Maine places an enormous burden on whoever runs Baxter State Park.
“Allagash Love Story” (July 1986)—by Mel Allen: In the 1930s a young couple set out into the north woods with just a shared dream and one dollar.
“Garland Mill Forever” (December 1973)—by The Yankee Moseyer: In this, our favorite “House for Sale” of all-time, the Yankee Moseyer visits New Hampshire’s last water-powered sawmill that still operates for a profit.
For more information, and to download the issue, visit: YankeeMagazine.com/power. This offer expires December 31, 2013.