chelidon: (Default)
2011-07-15 12:08 am

endings, and beginnings

Late October by Maya Angelo

the leaves of autumn
sprinkle down the tinny
sound of little dyings
and skies sated
of ruddy sunsets
of roseate dawns
roil ceaselessly in
cobweb greys and turn
black for comfort.

Only lovers
see the fall
a signal end to endings
a gruffish gesture alerting
those who will not be alarmed
that we begin to stop
in order simply
to begin
chelidon: (Ice fairy)
2011-03-28 09:48 pm



I can't tell you why
that one thing
was so important
to both of us
but it was

Sometimes the universe turns
on the head of a pin
the moment comes and
everything moves,
suddenly shifting,

Up is down
in is out
solid shatters, fluid flows
eternities end, forevers fade
what was is not; what was not now is.

But some things stay
In the center, still,
and the universe unfolds from them.
Love is one, mystery another
sharing both, we are always

touching, everywhere
across eternities
truths may change
but not
that which kisses in the heart of things
chelidon: (Default)
2011-03-25 09:19 am

Old stories, in time

Old stories, in time

I went searching for a dear old friend,
a favorite book I had read long ago
I could remember exactly what it looked like,
the color and text on the spine, the marks of wear, dog ears,
where it sits on the shelf among its neighbors
But now I realize, that was another shelf,
in another house, in another time
A house I once knew as well as I know myself,
filled with life and laughter
I live in another house now,
and much time has passed.
But all that was, still is,
and in some way, somehow,
that dear book of mine
on its shelf of long ago
and all of the familiar stories it contains
is still sitting there, just as it was
waiting to be picked up and read.
chelidon: (Default)
2011-01-30 01:19 pm

brief musings on selfhood

Edited from a recent comment to a friend's journal:

"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."
--(Shakespeare, natch)

Always a good way to live. Nobody but you has any right to say who you are, and how you choose to live. That, to me, seems to be an essential part of the core essence of self-posession.

And, of course, by extension, every being has the choice to look at others and, hopefully with discernment, to define who and what is "like me" and "not like me." Personally, I feel that there is way too much of the latter in the world, and much of it is erroneous, and that much of the purpose of the deeper aspects of religion and spirituality is to engender greater and greater levels of identification with more and more (shall I sunder the whole and become more myself by cutting off my arm? My leg? My eyes? My head?)

Towards that, I am reminded of a story:

"In a discussion between a wise man and a pilgrim, a point was reached where the wise man was brought to say, "I know who I am."

The pilgrim thought this curious and asked,"Who are you then?"

To which the wise man smiled and said, "When you know thyself, you will know."

Far better we define ourselves by who we ARE than by who we ARE NOT, but oppositional definitions are always much easier, require less self-knowledge, and do have power in them, but...they do bind us inexorably to that which we supposedly abhor or oppose, like dancers forever fated to respond to each other like tied marionettes -- when one moves or shifts, the other must as well. No thanks. It's almost always better in my experience to work to be more who and what you are, rather than put that same energy into self-binding oneself in supposed opposition to that which one has decided is "not-me."

And a few quotes:

"Don't be confused by surfaces; in the depths everything becomes law. And
those who live the mystery falsely and badly (and they are very many) lose
it only for themselves and nevertheless pass it on like a sealed letter,
without knowing it." -- Rilke, _Letters to a Young Poet_

-- Force, hatred, history, all that. That's not life for men and women, insult and hatred. And everybody knows that it's the opposite of that that is really life.
-- What? Says Alf.
-- Love, says Bloom. I mean the opposite of hatred.
--James Joyce, _Ulysses_
chelidon: (Ice fairy)
2011-01-26 05:31 pm

afternoon poem


The sharing of poetry is a most intimate act
lying close by on well-worn couches, feeding each other
with luscious, heady, sensual words, one at a time or all at once,
like newlyweds slyly offering delicate pieces of rich wedding cake
we gulp them down, licking each other's fingers clean
laughing, grapple and dive onto one another for the last precious morsels,
each one consumed wherever it falls and lies hidden,
we writhe in sacred play and pleasure
with the tempestuous passion of shared art --

each poem an all-consuming ecstasy,
each phrase a deepest secret whispered in the dark,
every word an ardent lover's kiss.

These poems,
we devour them together like starving gourmands, hungry to the bone,
balanced between craving and reverence, savoring every syllable, raw or cooked,
turning the metaphors over and over in our minds
twirling each one carefully on fork or spit,
acutely eager, considering still
each mouth-filling word with a moment of holy awe,
before consuming it whole,
all the exotic and earthy aromas filling our mouths
like wine of the gods, spilling down our chins and splattering across our cheeks and shoulders
licking the language clean from the hard white bones of grammar and form,
absorbing the heady flavors of place and pace
through our grateful eyes, ears and skin.

What a gift to find a compatible diner, who has
similar tastes and palate,
with whom to share a delicious meal.
chelidon: (Pan Mardi Gras)
2011-01-12 01:28 pm


From the Aspirational Curmudgeon Corner, some thoughts on training in any field, magical or otherwise, posted recently to a friend's journal. There's a good reason studying in most fields is called "learning a discipline."

So much in this world and this Work is lost and impossible when respect is not the norm, but quite the rare exception. The combination of a me-centered, anti-hierarchical societal bias, and the concomitant encroaching sense that the "answers" should be free, quick, simple and immediately accessible (Google Magic, I have been calling it), have led to a huge degradation and loss of both content and integrity in a wide range of magical trads with which I have association.

I am very aware of some of the periodic abuses this is in part a reaction against, and I do know that charlatans, sociopaths and predators operating under the protections of secrecy and authority have contributed to this trend, but IMONSHO, there are important *functional* (not ego-driven) reasons why almost all traditional training programs are based on respect, including deference to ones elders and teachers, even if (perhaps especially if) one disagrees with them.

I think that at the base of it, is the basic concept that genuine initiation and enlightenment probably will never be a "mass-market" phenomenon. Which is not to say that things of value cannot be taught at a distance or to groups of people (I'm not getting involved in *that* argument, because it is just too silly when actually examined), but that instruction in complex and subtle matters (of which most "real" magic can be counted) takes time, attention and focus, is a highly individualized process, and is not something that can be packaged in a Happy Meal and fed to the multitudes. It just doesn't work that way.

Excellence is always elitist, because that is part of the definition of "excellent" -- it is a figure against a ground, an assessment within the context of "usual" and "normal." We may all advance (or degenerate) together as a whole, but excellence will always be the exception, that's kind of the point, and ideally, excellence in others is taken as an inspiration to work hard and excel oneself, not an excuse to knock down (metaphorically or otherwise) everyone who manages to stand above the rest.

I've always felt that anyone who wants to seek the genuine mysteries needs to be ready to work hard, over a long period of time, and hold true humility and authentic respect first and foremost -- for among other good reasons, if you can't even learn and show respect for your (divinely) human teachers, sure it is the gods will eat you alive.
chelidon: (Ice fairy)
2011-01-12 01:20 pm

a morning poem

My personal writerly work has been very sparse lately, being limited largely to emails and things for work. Friends and loved ones have inspired me to put my pen to page again, so here's the first in a while...

Lying in bed, looking out at the snow falling early this morning, these words came to mind.

Pilgrims of Winter

in the woods,
little delicate snowflakes
drifting down, kissing our foreheads,
cheeks, nose, and chin,
finding subtle, wicked ways down
to the bare skin of our ears and necks,
tickling like winsome feathers, making tiny spots of
sharp bright sensation on our sensitive skin as they
find tender unprotected places to alight, melt,
clever pilgrims of winter

Inside our bodies,
precious heat has risen to our skin
from those inner places of passion
and transforms the delicate earthbound flakes,
as they surrender their solidity
and return to liquid, droplets now,
heavier, more deliberate kisses,
sweet wet tongues of languid moisture,
joining and running in heedless rivulets,
as they mingle and consort with rough salty sweat,
trickling down our bodies, laughing

We melt as much as they,
these clever pilgrims of winter,
and enter each other, becoming.
chelidon: (Default)
2011-01-12 01:10 pm

back again

Well, it was June 2009, when my son Dylan was born, that I last posted to this journal. It has been a long, strange, and wonderful journey since then, and despite plenty of challenges, life is pretty damn good.

I may not ever be nearly as...hmm, prolific as I once was here, but I am feeling more writerly of late, and this journal always was a good place to put musings, thoughts, and work-in-progress, and having been an occasional Facebook resident over the past few years, LJ still seems a much better place to put actual substantive stuff, beyond the casual "Likes" and drive-by witticisms that make up most of the content (well, my content, anyway) there.

So to friends and old comrades here, hail and well met, and good to see ya again.
chelidon: (Maypole fun)
2009-06-21 11:35 am

Father's Day present

So I got about the best (slightly early) present for Father's Day that I could get -- a new son! Mom and baby are fine, and we are tired, but very happy. More to come.

Quickie website is here:

chelidon: (Default)
2009-06-15 12:23 pm

Sunrise -- new family-friendly camp

Hello, lovely folk and dear friends -- I wanted to send out an announcement about a new magical camp starting up in Wales this summer. The theme is exciting and fun (and might particularly appeal to some of you...), and I will be there with my son, Forest. It's a bit far to go, but the site is really magnificent -- a rural permaculture and alternative energy-based site in the green hills of Wales, dedicated to sustainability, with a working stone circle onsite. As the community who runs it writes, "The whole site is run on alternative energy, from high-tech wind turbines and biomass underfloor heaters, to solar showers made out of scrap radiators. With its permaculture gardens, the place is an inspiration for the budding and more experienced eco-conscious. Residents and volunteers live in railway carriages, Mongolian Yurts, log cabins, tipis and straw bailed buildings." Full site info is here;

I'll attach the announcement and path info below -- please share it with anyone you think might be interested. As with most new camps, they are struggling to make ends meet for the first year, so really would love to see more confirmed bookings. It will be a great camp, and I hope to see some of you there!


Sunrise Witchcamp is rising at Coed hills in the heart of the rural Welsh Valleys, from 20th to 24th August, 2009

Sunrise will be a camp which fully embraces the ideal of treading lightly on the Earth: the venue, as well as being in a beautiful location in southern Wales, boasts a working stone circle (which, weather permitting, will be host to our evening rituals), woods for walking in, great views of the surrounding countryside, and best of all, it is powered entirely by renewable energy sources.

Sunrise also aims to be a family-friendly camp. Our intention is that there will be a choice of three paths, one just for adults, one for adults and young people and one just for young people, where everyone can learn the tools of magical and spiritual practice in Reclaiming tradition, and take full part in the life of the camp community.

Sunrise Witchcamp is committed to being financially affordable, and to that end, accommodation will primarily be camping, with a heated indoor crash space available for those who require it.

contact us for more information and further information at

Theme, paths, and more info after the cut... )
chelidon: (Greenhouse sun 2)
2009-06-03 06:19 pm

Another step towards justice

I am proud of my state. And of northern New England in general, every single state of which has now passed a same-sex marriage law. "Live Free Or Die," indeed.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) _ New Hampshire legislators approved a measure Wednesday that would make the state the sixth to allow gay marriage, and Gov. John Lynch said he would sign it later in the afternoon.

He had promised a veto if the law didn't clearly spell out that churches and religious groups would not be forced to officiate at gay marriages or provide other services.

The Senate passed the measure Wednesday, and the House _ where the outcome was more in doubt _ followed later in the day. The House gallery erupted in cheers after the 198-176 vote.

"If you have no choice as to your sex, male or female; if you have no choice as to your color; if you have no choice as to your sexual orientation; then you have to be protected and given the same opportunity for life, liberty and happiness," Rep. Anthony DiFruscia, R-Windham, said during the hourlong debate.

New Hampshire's law takes effect Jan. 1. Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont and Iowa already allow gay marriage, though Maine opponents hope to overturn that state's law with a public vote.

California briefly allowed gay marriage before a public vote banned it; a court ruling grandfathered in couples who were already married.

New Hampshire opponents, mainly Republicans, objected on grounds including the fragmented process that required three bills.

"It is no surprise that the Legislature finally passed the last piece to the gay marriage bill today. After all, when you take 12 votes on five iterations of the same issue, you're bound to get it passed sooner or later," said Kevin Smith, executive director of gay marriage opponent Cornerstone Policy Research.

Lynch, a Democrat, personally opposes gay marriage but decided to view the issue "through a broader lens."

Lynch said he would veto gay marriage if the law didn't address churches and religious groups.

The revised bill added a sentence specifying that all religious organizations, associations or societies have exclusive control over their religious doctrines, policies, teachings and beliefs on marriage.

It also clarified that church-related organizations that serve charitable or educational purposes are exempt from having to provide insurance and other benefits to same sex spouses of employees. The earlier version said "charitable and educational" instead of "charitable or educational."

The House rejected the language Lynch suggested two weeks ago by two votes. Wednesday's vote was on a revised bill negotiated with the Senate.

The vote was supporters' last chance this year in New Hampshire.

chelidon: (Ice fairy)
2009-05-06 11:37 pm

way cool

So I've been waaaaay out of touch here for a while -- short version is that all is well, baby is healthy and due June 19, mom is doing very well, life is about as one might expect with a new baby due in about six weeks. Yikes. And my Beamish Boy and I are just about to finish reading The Two Towers together (whereupon he gets to see the movie, that's how we work it here)

I am terminally behind in a great many things right now, and just now getting back on top of it all, so will likely be posting here infrequently at best. Baby pictures will be forthcoming, in, er, about six weeks. Did I say yikes?

In the meantime, this is one of the more nifty things I have seen in a while:

A 12-foot troll sculpture made out of non-toxic material (I would like to think recycled) paper mache Yum.

Take care, all you deliciously creative folks.
chelidon: (Pan Mardi Gras)
2009-03-16 05:49 pm

OMG twitter-kitteh iz 2 tekin ovr ur werld

Okay, who thought this was anything other than a bad, bad oh so bad plan...

Cat Twitter app for iPhone lets cats post thoughts

chelidon: (Tractor Caution)
2009-02-20 01:39 pm

Sign of the times...

From the UK:

Dig for recovery: allotments boom as thousands go to ground in recession

Dozens of National Trust properties join scheme to bring life to disused
* Rebecca Smithers, consumer affairs correspondent
* The Guardian, Thursday 19 February 2009

In the boom times of the 1980s, councils sold off allotments in their tens
of thousands as it seemed no one in the Britain of conspicuous consumption
could be persuaded to grow a single leek of their own. But as recession
bites, the growing enthusiasm for homegrown veg has seen more than 100,000
people join waiting lists for a patch of land as demand hits an all-time

Today, following the initiative of chef and "real food" campaigner Hugh
Fearnley-Whittingstall, the National Trust is throwing its weight behind a
campaign to share unused land, creating up to 1,000 new plots for use as
allotments or community gardens.

The trust, the UK's biggest private landowner, also wants to help bridge
the skills gap by recruiting an army of green-fingered volunteeers and
matching growers with its own expert gardeners.

Each of the new growing spaces will be created within a range or rural and
urban communities throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and will
be registered through the landshare website set up by
Fearnley-Whittingstall, an online "matchmaking" database which pairs
prospective gardeners with available spaces.
Read more... )
chelidon: (tired head)
2009-01-23 11:06 am


I got a call from my father early this morning that my grandmother died about 3am last night. She was my father's mother, the Irish side of the family, in her 90s and in seriously declining health, recently moved from her apartment to assisted living and then to hospice care, but I think this caught us all by surprise just the same.

I can remember her even in her late 80s, thin and bird-like, smoking like a chimney, drinking like a fish, sharp as a whip and sitting at the dining room table whipping everyone's ass at poker. She is the one who after her husband came back from WWII and began to physically abuse her, put up with it for a time -- until the very first time he hit her son, then she picked up and moved out without a second thought, not common in the 1940s, especially for someone with few resources. She raised two sons as a single mom, and raised them well.

She's one of my heroes, and now one of my ancestors, and I am going to miss her presence. She was also my last living grandparent. I feel incredibly blessed to have had her so long, and now, as we all do sooner or later if we live long enough, I move up one notch in the cosmic family tree, with both parents thankfully reasonably healthy, but noting that the wheel of mortality turns on, inexorably, whether we choose to acknowledge it or not.

New life, and death. Joyous beginnings, and the deep and painful mourning of what has passed. My life has been very full last year, and in this new one, of both sides of the great balance. Momentarily at the fulcrum of the leminscate, I am blessed by the past, I am blessed in the present, I am blessed by the future, and I bless, and give thanks, as I am blessed.

Thanks be to the ancestors, and to those yet to be born. And especially, especially, thanks to all those of you who are here and now. Each and every one of you is a blessing, and I am grateful.
chelidon: (Whisky nosing glass)
2009-01-20 10:42 am

local fun

For anyone local who wants something fun to do tonight -- I'll be there skiing with F, and it looks like all the Casa Chaosites will be converging there as well.

Motivated by the Presidential Inauguration, Upper Valley nonprofit groups are getting together to organize A Community Celebration. The concept for the event stems from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF)'s response to President-elect Barack Obama's November 4th invitation to:"...join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it's been done in America for 221 years: block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand." NEGEF's concept as adapted by local nonprofit groups is to use the occasion of this Presidential Inauguration as a way to focus on the work that Upper Valley groups do for the community. Let's celebrate community service in our region!

FEATURING: Dr. Burma (music), Large screen viewing of the Presidential Inauguration (taped), table displays by local nonprofit groups, snacks, cash bar, and good company! Sweet Scoops, Lui Lui, Three Tomatoes Trattoria, Cabot Creamery, The Coop Food Store, Boloco, Panera Bread, Shepard's Pie on the Green and The Dirt Cowboy Cafe have all agreed to make generous food contributions for the party.

COST: Suggested donation of $5 per person (this will go to reimbursing participating organizations, so far including the Upper Valley Land Trust, Upper Valley Haven, Vital Communities, Upper Valley Educators Institute, Sustainable Food Laboratory, Enfield Shaker Museum, Northern Stage, Puppetree, Inc., Second Growth, Headrest, Connecticut River Joint Commissions and Upper Valley United Way).

WHERE: Whaleback, 160 Whaleback Mountain Road, Enfield, NH. (Whaleback generously agreed to donated their space in support of the work that local NGOs do.) They'll be open for skiing until 8pm.

For more information contact Nora Doyle-Burr, UVLT's Programs Coordinator:, (603) 643-6626 ext. 102.

chelidon: (high hat 1914 suit)
2009-01-20 10:12 am

good news

On this auspicious day (ding, dong, the 8-year reign of idiocy is over), I am very pleased to report that the blood tests and ultrasounds came out perfectly normal, so much so that no amnio is needed after all (insert big sigh of relief),'s a boy! The pictures leave, er, no doubt. F will be thrilled, he really wanted a little brother (who will, no doubt, idolize him).

So now we need to start thinking of boy's names. Given the new puppy in the house, I can't help but think of Sean Connery in the third Indiana Jones movie: "We named the *dog* Griffin..." "The DOG?"

hee hee. C didn't think that was so funny.

chelidon: (Griffin Kilroy)
2009-01-14 04:55 pm

dog daze

So Griffin just got his booster shots on Monday and at 15 weeks is a bit over 32 lbs -- a big boy! But not overweight, he's just growing like crazy. He's learning like crazy, too -- sit, stay, down, come, crate and so on. He's pretty good on lead or off, but after a while when we didn't use it much, he's started getting more unhappy with it on, so we're back to using it more often. My Beamish Boy and I are also starting puppy school with him today -- we were supposed to begin last Wednesday, but bad weather postponed the class until this week.

I had to republish the picture/video library, so the address changed a bit. The new address is:

All of the most recent pictures are at the end, and you can see how big he's getting.

My favorite is probably this one -- puppy impact in 2...1...<*splat*>, though there are a whole bunch of the recent ones that I love. It's only been two months since he came home, and he's already looking as much like a dog as a puppy some days.

Yesterday was a big day for Griffin, in a not so great way -- his first tacos (my Ravishing Partner put them on the table, turned around for a second, and a second later, the tacos had vanished...) The vanishing act was somewhat inevitably followed followed by Griffin's first serious digestive episodes, and the discovery of puking. A lot. He was a glum pup all evening, but was back to his usual rambunctious self soon enough.

The cats still have not forgiven us, but yummy (wet) food, catnip, and cozy blanket-snuggling makes up for a multitude of sins, at least so they tell us.
chelidon: (Tractor Caution)
2009-01-12 04:18 pm

heathcare, farming, big business

This interesting article intrigued me because, while oriented towards farming and agribusiness, it points out how the current state of health insurance in the U.S. is highly biased towards big business, not just for farmers and farms, but for business across the board. In essence and fact, this heavily penalizes anyone who chooses a non-mainstream job by forcing them to spend a huge proportion of their income on health insurance, or alternately, bankrupting them if they do not pour their money into insurance, and then have the bad (inevitable, rather) fortune to ever get sick or injured.

Of course I knew this well, having made my living as a small business owner, writer, journalist and consultant for at least half of my career, and darn glad throughout for a partner who had a "mainstream" job with benefits that I could piggyback onto for most of that time. I know people who have gotten married for health insurance, I know people who retired with more than enough to live on, who nevertheless ended up having to work after retirement at a low-wage job specifically to get insurance coverage.

Full article below -- some good questions, and perhaps an eye-opener for anyone who's spent their life in a "mainstream" job or career -- that is, one with healthcare benefits included.

by Ezra Klein

In a policy paper almost custom-designed to catch this blog's eye, the Access Project has released an issue brief on the intersection of farming and health care coverage. And the news isn't good. Health policy types tend to assume a household is experiencing financial hardship from medical costs if they spend more than 10 percent of their income on health care. That's true for 54 percent of folks who report their primary occupation as farming or ranching. Add in part-time farmers (which is common given that farming is often seasonal) and it's 44 percent. That's high. And high is bad.

Small farmers get their health insurance on the individual market. They are not protected by an employer's bargaining power. They do not get to deduct their insurance costs, as employers do. And the individual market is bad, pricey place to get your health insurance. The median amount that farmers on the individual market get paid out-of-pocket for health insurance was $11,200. Those who got their insurance from an employer paid $5,600 out of pocket (they of course paid more out of potential wages redirected to health care, but that's a different sort of burden).

So why does this matter? As Steph Larsen, a rural policy organizer for the Center for Rural Affairs observes, when you're talking about building a more environmentally sustainable, local food production system, you're talking about having a lot of farms. As Larsen puts it, that requires small-scale farming to be not only environmentally sustainable, but economically viable. Small-scale farming is hard to make a living at and harder to make a regular living at. Crop prices go up and down. Droughts descend. Tastes change. Subsidies shift. If you can't keep your health care amidst these fluctuations, you can't keep farming. It's irresponsible. And so many don't. As Larsen concludes, health reform is an important part of farm policy not only for the farmer who needs health care, but the office worker who'd like to farm. In this, it's much like the rest of health care policy.

The fact that our health system specifically advantages stable jobs at large employers reduces entrepreneurship in all forms. Fewer people can start small businesses, move home to take over their family farm, or spend a couple years trying to make it as a rock band. Economic creativity is reduced across the board. Scraping by on low wages for a few years is one thing. Going without health care, particularly if you're older or have a family, is rather another. It's as true for the young innovator who wants to leave Bell Labs* and start his own company as for the tired office worker who'd prefer to return to Nebraska and reinvigorate the farm he grew up on. We have decided to discourage them as a matter of national policy. We have decided to make it easier for ConAgra and harder for family farms. The question is why.
chelidon: (Default)
2009-01-04 05:52 pm

homicides fail to decrease, news at 11

The state of New Hampshire just announced for 2008, the exact same total reported number of homicides statewide in 2008 as in 2007, at 19. And yes, that's for the whole state, for the entire year.

The NH murder rate per 100,000 people was the lowest in the nation at 1.1/100,000 (.0011%). New Hampshire also had the second-lowest rate of overall violent crime in the nation. The only other U.S. states besides NH with murder rates below 2 per 100,000 (.002%) in 2007 were Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Vermont. I don't know what to make of that, but there it is. Except for Hawaii (which has its own unique culture, as I can safely say, having grown up there), they're all cold states, and almost half are the far northeast states There well may be many other correlations (average income, average education level, population density, etc), but, you know, if I have to trade cold winters for a minimal homicide rate, I'll take it.

From the list of 2008 homicides, the weapons of choice were:

1. Guitar, boot
2. Firearm
3. Sword
4. Knife (or other stabbing weapon)
5. Motor vehicle
6. Weapon not specified (blunt object)
7. Firearm
8. Weapon not specified (still under investigation)
9. Firearm (justifiable homicide, self-defense)
10. Pool table
11. Weapon not specified (information not released)
12. Weapon not specified (traumatic injury)
13. Knife (or other stabbing weapon)
14. Knife (or other stabbing weapon)
15. Weapon not specified (blunt object)
16. Baseball bat
17. Baseball bat
18. Knife (or other stabbing weapon)
19. Axe

Clearly, guitars, pool tables and baseball bats really need to be better regulated in NH.