Amy, I lived in New Hampshire for 8 years and Salem, MA for two. Those were the most uncomplicated years of my entire adult life. I particularly love Portsmouth! You chose well.
For some crazy reason, in my 40’s, I thought I’d finally move to NYC to “up my game.” And now? I’m chronically exhausted, everyone is running around faster than I, with so many “important” things to take care of. Everything matters here, but in my soul — not so much! I would love to move back, or find another place with my husband where we can spend the rest of our lives living like Motherfuckers, and not for other people.
Thank you for a wonderful, inspiring article. And how I miss the Atlantic Ocean!!