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Yankee Humor | How We Heat

Yankee Humor | How We Heat
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It takes all kinds of folks to stay warm in New England. Take a humorous look at how we heat.

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Ken Sheldon


Ken Sheldon


Humorist Ken Sheldon is a lifelong resident of New England, except for two brief stints when he lost his way and lived in California. (He has pretty much recovered.) His humor column “Only in New England” appears in every issue of Yankee Magazine. He is the author of "Welcome to Frost Heaves,” a humorous collection of stories from “the most under-appreciated town in New Hampshire,” written as Fred Marple, the unofficial spokesman for Frost Heaves. As Fred Marple, Ken has appeared at church basements, town halls, and the homes of most of his friends, usually right around dinner time. He would love to hear from you with your tales of life in New England, although being a true Yankee, it may be awhile before he gets back to you. You can email Ken at
Updated Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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2 Responses to Yankee Humor | How We Heat

  1. Connie Stringfellow February 16, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

    The last photo reminds me of the coal furnace that I use to feed. All those gauges and water temps. I do not remember it being so hard to burn as it was messy from coal dust. I survived as did half our neighborhood. Many athanks for the walk down memeory lane .

  2. Carole Steina November 29, 2015 at 9:26 am #

    Yes, we are all HERE…….The “WOODCHUCKERS”.. the “PELLET-TEERS”, the” CAT -CUDDLERS”,the “SOLAR-WORSHIPERS”, the,”COAL-MINERS”, the “POT-BELLIES”,the “MOOD-MAKERS”, the “OIL-BARONS”, and the “GAS -GUZZLERS”…………guilty as charged!!! WE are an embarrassing lot ,but hilarious when you see us in print !!!! THANK YOU, KEN SHELDON for helping us laughing at ourselves (and our silly neighbors!!!!)

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