Nichole Hastings in Coolidge Salon Series Opening for Jim Rooney

A Remedy For Love  |  Nichole Hastings  |  Poems and Photography

Not quite sure how this happened but I’ll be reciting poems from my recently published book titled A Remedy For Love and book signing alongside Americana folksinger and producer Jim Rooney this Friday!

Jim Rooney is a Grammy award winning producer and lifelong folk and country genre musician. He lives in Sharon, Vermont and Nashville Tennessee. As cited in his memoir “In It For The Long Run: A Musical Odyssey,” Rooney relates a kaleidoscopic first-hand account of more than five decades of success as a performer, concert promoter, songwriter, music publisher, engineer, and record producer.

Joining Rooney on the night will be Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame member, Pat Alger, who penned many hit songs recorded by Nancy Griffith (“Once In A Very Blue Moon”), Kathy Mattea (“Goin’ Gone”) and Garth Brooks (“Unanswered Prayers”). Well-known Vermont instrumentalist Colin McCaffrey will also be joining Jim and Pat for what promises to be a very special occasion.

Doors open at 5:00pm and the music begins at 6:00 pm. The Coolidge Salon is with open seating in front of the fireplace which provides a very intimate setting. The program will last for approximately 50 minutes and will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Complimentary munchies will be coupled with a cash wine/beer bar.

When: This First Friday May 2nd in WRJ
Where: At the Hotel Coolidge
Starts: 5:00pm
Tickets: $10
Call the Hotel Coolidge at (802) 295-3118


A Remedy For Love
by Nichole Hastings

Description
This collection of poems and photography explores love, life, relationships and truth found in nature. The composer and photographer Nichole Hastings takes you on her journey as she relates her experiences and explorations with love. Written in free verse and rhyme, Nichole’s words share her tragedy, triumphs, challenges, fears, longings, bliss and realizations about love. Nichole and the other contributing photographers reveal more details about her and her life in each photograph. Her poems speak to a juxtaposition all adopted Asians face, who have no connections to their birth country or biological parents and growing up in white America, in the search for self and identity.

Biography
Nichole was born in South Korea and adopted at the age of two by a caucasian couple stationed in Seoul, the city of her birth in the late 1970s. She grew up hiking, camping and fishing in a small rural farming community in New Hampshire; the only girl among her three cousins and a younger brother.

*You may purchase A Remedy For Love at www.stylemylife.us/shop, at the Norwich Bookstore and in the Apple iBookstore!

Diagonally Poetically Framing

Diagonally Poetically Framing

6.25.13 – Two nights ago, aching and sore, just back from a four day hike doing the 50 from Mt. Moosilauke to Hanover, I agreed to meet a fellow whom I had only spoken with over email at 10am the next day at Dan & Whit’s.  His name was George Abetti and he offered to take me on a Vermont GeoBarn tour.  We had connected over the whole Norwich list serv hullabaloo and my postings about volunteer work on the property lines of federally conserved land hosting the Appalachian Trail for the Dartmouth Outing Club a few days prior.

The Norwich listserv is an email bulletin board service. Once you subscribe, you email in a message to a main server which then gets forwarded to everyone else who is a subscriber of that bulletin board service. Almost all the towns around the Upper Valley have a listserv.  And in spite of my village being a relatively small community, we have the most subscribers.  The hullabaloo I speak of was that the moderator had unsubscribed me from the Norwich’s for what he stated was “non-compliance with the rules” and it caused quite a stir.  Of course I had no idea what kind of stir and to what degree until four days later when a friend forwarded her email of the daily digest to me.  The comments in the posts ranged from support for my return, to threats to leave and create a new listserv due to the injustice of my being booted, to call for a vote being taken for my return, and chastisements aimed at the listserv moderator.  I did run into a fellow at the Norwich Inn who said that he quit the listserv because he “got sick of reading about” me.

George discovered me and the Norwich listserv through a mutual friend, his wife Suzanne, and decided to email me.  Suzanne knew me from flood relief work I did for Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 utilizing the listservs and my work at the Main Street Museum.  George left a voice mail asking for my number so as to arrange a time for a GeoBarn tour the next day.  I was very tired.  I’d arrived back in Norwich fresh off the Appalachian Trail just a few hours earlier after walking fourteen miles that day from Hewes Brook.  I emailed my number back and asked if we could speak in the morning.  My plan was to do a whole lot of nothing for the next 24 hours.  Then meet with a publisher tomorrow evening in White River Junction at Than Wheelers to discuss poetry in general, the book of love poems I was putting together and interest in having published.  Two minutes after hitting ‘send’, I was answering my ringing iPhone with George on the other end of the line.  I was to be Dan & Whit’s to meet him.  I didn’t know what to expect!

We met the next morning at 10am at Dan & Whit’s, got in his car after grabbing some snacks and then the adventure began!  All the while, I must admit, I did not actually know what a GeoBarn was.  When I thought of ‘geo’ I thought of the geodesic domes my friends had once inhabited out on Old Bridge Road in Norwich, off Route 5 North.  George had sent me some pictures of the structures his company builds and I did not see any with a rounded dome top.  And even after we departed our first stop on the tour, at a beautiful red barn-like building housing an artisinal Vodka and Gin brewing company called Silo, I was still in the dark about what makes a GeoBarn a geo barn.

I come from a family of farmers and builders, although you wouldn’t know it to look at me.  My grandfather was a dairy cattle farmer before he changed over to beef cattle when the private market for milk dropped out.  I grew up playing in the hay loft, collecting eggs, climbing trees, running through the woods barefoot, fishing, hiking, and camping with my cousins.  We  often built hay bale forts in the loft.  We scrambled up that hay elevator then ran back down it so we could do it all over again.  We played in that dusty sun-filtered space among the mysterious piles miscellaneous hardware and the resting places of farm equipment retired from the field.  I can still recall that very important conversation Gramps and my nine year old self had, me asking him for a swing to be installed in the hayloft.  And when he asked “Why?”, I insisted “Every hayloft needs a swing Grampa!” Seems my reasoning was sound.  For shortly thereafter a swing magically appeared dangling from that central beam.

I have seen foundations poured, walls being framed and raised.  I had a hand in the construction of the two houses my ex-husband and I once shared.  The beautiful wood interior of our first stop on the tour was and is absolutely breathtaking.  The floating staircase, sheer genius.  These memories of my youth that so shaped my love and appreciation of barns, farms, and that simpler way of life, flowed.  Yet, walking around inside the Silo Vodka building had not given me any insight.  I still did not understand what a “Geobarn” was.  The designation of it as such was not apparent to me.  I simply could not figure it out.  My deductive reasoning had drawn zero likely conclusions.  En route to the next stop of the tour I finally asked George, “What makes a geo barn a GeoBarn?”

George described a unique engineering method he designed which utilizes diagonal framing instead of the traditional vertical.  On his website, www.geobarns.com, more detail is given about what makes Geobarns so distinctive:

“A Roman arch flying buttress beam and bolt truss system allows for large spans and free standing buildings without any internal support, even with a second floor. This allows the client complete freedom and flexibility in choosing interior layout, since no interior bearing walls are required.”

“Alternating directions from corners and posts provide not only a symmetrical pattern throughout but also drive all racking and lateral forces back into the foundation/sill for stability and resilience.”

George said he can build a barn, a house, a garage, a studio, a workshop, and even larger spaces (he built indoor skating rink with balcony seating) at a fraction of the cost compared to what typical stick-frame housing construction costs currently demand.  He can create beautiful dynamic versatile structures with this methodology making them much more affordable because he uses a lot less wood than what traditional vertical framing demands.  Low cost housing done artfully, with artistry, and with practicality.

Our conversation was not solely confined to GeoBarns.  George and I talked and talked and talked.  We talked as if we had known each other for a hundred and one years.

Sometimes the universe moves in mysterious ways.  A few weeks ago I began reading a galley copy, which is a soon to be published book, titled Dwelling in Possibility: Searching for the Soul of Shelter by Howard Mansfield.  I had been told eight days before this tour that I had to find a new place to live.  And yesterday I went and visited a half dozen barn-shaped shelters while engaged in a conversation of such depth and breadth that my eyes tear at the memory of its intimacy and superb loveliness.  The conversation, the instant connection, the knowing of this person’s being.  How grateful am I for these moments in time when I meet people who are so full of wonder and life and openness to the beauty of existence in this amazing world.  I so appreciate meeting George and learning about this wonderful gift he shares with the world.  Creating shelter.  The possibility of home, that wonderful place to feel one belongs to and is a part of.  A place of being.  Or as Mansfield describes, a dwelling, and a revival of a concept that some people seem to have forgotten the meaning of.  And a mystery, solved!

Was all of this a coincidence?  Was this planetary-like alignment fated to be?  I think the answer is “Maybe.”  In any case, it’s all good.  I’m off to go look at two apartments tomorrow.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll find a shelter suitable for my soul.


A footnote: If you would you like to know more about GeoBarns and are interested in having one built email me at nicholehastings@stylemylife.com and I’ll tell you more about my experience. You may also go to GeoBarns.com and inquire directly and if you do, please mention my name and how you heard about GeoBarns to George.  Thanks!

6.5.13 Letter to the Editor

Hiker’s Writings Raise Concerns

By Jon Wolper Valley News Staff Writer
Saturday, June 1, 2013
(Published in print: Saturday, June 1, 2013)

http://mobile.vnews.com/home/6721478-108/hikers-writings-raise-concerns

Begin forwarded message:

From: Nichole Hastings
Date: June 5, 2013 7:28:56 AM EDT
To: “newseditor@vnews.com”
Subject: Re: AT register entries

Dear Valley News Editor,

My colleagues of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and I conferred yesterday about last Saturday’s article in regards to the graphic register entries, fellow leaving them, and Mr. Wolpar’s mis-representation of the facts. In spite of what community members, Trail Angels have said, Mr. Wolpar’s gross mis-prepresentation of the Appalachian Trail is troubling.

Essentially Mr. Wolpar painted a picture that this sort of unusual behavior is typical on the trail and that ‘worrisome’ people may be regularly found traversing the A.T. Neither of those are true. I speak not only for myself as the Dartmouth Outing Club’s Appalachian Trail Monitor Coordinator, a Corridor Monitor for the Green Mountain Club but also as a representative of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. These graphic entries and this fellow disturbing other hikers is A-typical and highly unusual. In fact, it’s almost unheard of which is why I and the organizations I represent spread the word quickly through the trail community, local communities and notified the authorities.

I am confused as to why Mr. Wolpar chose to present this story in such a ‘sensationalized’ way and on the words of folks who are not official representatives of the Appalachian Trail. I am confused on how Mr. Wolpar thought that painting such a dark picture of an isolated incident on the trail benefits a community and their perception of the hundreds of thru-hikers that will soon be passing through West Hartford, Norwich and Hanover. I hope that this letter will be shared as to correct this unfortunate error on Mr. Wolpar’s part and his misrepresentation of the trail.

Best regards,
Nichole


Nichole Hastings
Appalachian Trail Monitor Coordinator
Dartmouth Outing Club
Robinson Hall, Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
Email: doc.at.corridormonitors@gmail.com
DOC AT Boundary Program Schedule: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~doc/appalachiantrail/
Twitter ID: @DartmouthOuting @HAFoAT

2013 DOC Spring Banquet

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2013 DOC Spring Banquet
At Moosilauke Ravine Lodge
On May 9th, 6:30-9pm

An honor and a pleasure to be invited and included in this gathering. Many people seem surprised when they discover I am a volunteer and did not attend Dartmouth College. I attended Lebanon High School located ‘next door’, Class of ’95 and Keene State College, Class of ’99. I was the Vice President of the Environmental Outing Club at Keene State for a couple semesters. Although, it was my upbringing on a NH farm, a walk with my grandfather to the family corner property lines when I was in elementary school, and my mother’s expectation that after school my brother and I were to go outside and play that most influenced my love of outdoor activities and nature. I also have a deep and abiding love of reading, studying history, and I am fascinated by tradition. My three favorite books are The History of Hanover, NH and Dartmouth College up to 1815, The First 75 Years of the Dartmouth Outing Club and the double compilation of Walden and Civil Disobedience.

This program and why I put so much care into is not about me or for me.  I’m returning a favor to the universe.  My ultimate mission is to see students take ownership of this program.  To see students discussing the Boundary and Corridor.  To see students engaging local community, recruiting new volunteers and educating themselves and others.  My ardent desire is for students to become stewards of the land, the trails and the history of this Upper Valley region that has, is and will profoundly effect their lives.   I’m merely laying the groundwork.  I’m simply an intermediary for greater things yet to come.

This image is a detail shot of a bandana presented to me at this banquet for my volunteer service as the DOC’s Appalachian Trail Monitor Coordinator these past three years. I feel humbled by the recognition and appreciate the gift. I’m looking forward to the rest of year three, four and five of my voluntary commitment in managing the AT Stewardship program.


Nichole Hastings
Appalachian Trail Monitor Coordinator
Dartmouth Outing Club
Robinson Hall, Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
Email: doc.at.corridormonitors@gmail.com
DOC AT Boundary Program Schedule: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~doc/appalachiantrail/
Twitter ID: @DartmouthOuting