Notes from the Heart...

This week, Heart contributor & environmentalist Andrea Lani of Maine urges us
to not only observe the beauty of autumn, but to write about it.  "Autumn is the
time of year when subtle changes in nature begin to draw our attention.  We
experience cooler mornings, trees with their leaves turning crimson, and
squirrels busily storing acorns.  Many of us also begin to turn inward, becoming
more reflective at this time of year, pondering the Big Questions of life.  With
this awareness of nature and introspective state of mind, fall can also be a
wonderful time to begin recording our observations and thoughts in a nature
journal."  Read her feature story at
Take Note of Nature.  ~ M.

Readers Write

Dear Heart,

The Mudslide cookie recipe is missing a paragraph of instruction, I think.  The
dry ingredients!  : )  I continue to love reading your newsletter!   (

Note from the Editor: Thanks, Mari for alerting us to the mistake...part of it must have slid
right off the page! (Hee Hee).  The recipe has been fixed and can be viewed and printed
Mud-Slide Cookies.

Thanks for your letters, folks!  Keep 'em coming :)  Send your "Dear Heart"
comments and questions to  
editor@theheartofnewengland.com ~ Marcia

This Week's Stories:

Tips: Don't Mess with a Moose
When you’re hiking and happen upon a moose, they can appear laid back and
they can even be approached and fed depending on what season it is, but
neither is ever a good idea. If it’s rutting season, approaching a bull moose is
like poking a grizzly bear with a stick. If you come upon a moose that’s close by,
leave it alone, regardless of how docile it may appear.  
Read on...

Recipe: Slow Roast Pork Shoulder
by Charlie Burke
We found that this was the most tender pork we have had, and there is no doubt
that the long cooking time permeated the meat with intense flavor, which is
heightened by the pan juices. With cold weather approaching, try this recipe on
a weekend - a great way to slow down from the busy week.
Read on...

Calendar Pick of the Week:

October 27, 2007
The Merry Monarch Festival
Mariposa Museum,
Peterborough, New Hampshire

On October 27th the Mariposa Museum will
celebrate the migration of the Monarch Butterfly
with a day of events for children and their only community fund raiser of the
year, The Merry Monarch Festival. From 2:00 to 4:00 pm there will be a Monarch
Butterfly craft, butterfly cookies, and time to paint wings for butterfly costumes
to be worn for the butterfly parade at 4:00 pm. The events for children are free. In
the evening from 7:00—11:00pm the Mariposa will transform into a fiesta-like
atmosphere, celebrating the Monarch Butterfly and Mexico with music, food and
an auction of Monarch Butterfly- inspired art, created by twenty eight of the
areas distinguished artists.  The artworks are on display in the Museum's
gallery.  The event from will feature the Mariachi Music of Veronica Robles  of
LaMera accompanied by guitar and violin.  Over 40 local merchants have
contributed items to an ongoing Merry Monarch raffle. The drawing will be held
at the evening festival.  The cuisine for the evening will feature many of our area
chefs creating food with a Mexican flavor from taquitos, to Mexican pizza to
chipotle brownies.  Beer, sangria and sparkling water will also be served.  The
cost of the event is $25 per person and $40 per couple.  Profits from the event
will help support the Museum’s school programs, expanding to reach even
more children in our area schools this school year.   For more information visit:
Mariposa Museum or call 603-924-4555.

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Start a Nature Journal this Fall
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