Granite State of Mind
Former Indiana residents Gary and Lenore Patton apparently have assimilated further into the culture of their retirement surroundings in New England.
Gary, a former professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Lenore, a founder of the Alice Paul House in Indiana, easily immersed themselves in political circles in Hampton, N.H., when they settled there more than a decade ago.
Occasional phone calls with the Pattons have not revealed the local speech patterns creeping into their conversation. But Gary Patton has put a classic New England accent on the title of a book that he published last month.
“Outtastatahs: Newcomers’ Adventures in New Hampshire” was released Aug. 16 by Piscataqua Press for sale at a Portsmouth bookstore and online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
With his first book, Patton expands on the writing career he has undertaken as a columnist for the Hampton Union and Forum and as a blogger for a Patch community website.
“Patton … regales readers with essays and short stories reflecting his sometimes awkward experiences in adapting to his new environment on the New Hampshire Seacoast,” according to a news release introducing the book.
“Want to learn how to host a Presidential candidate, what really goes on in a town meeting, where the American Revolution really started? It’s all here for your enjoyment and edification. Although Patton is a true Outtastatah, his appreciation for the lifestyle and quirks of the people of the Granite State is obvious. He’s in New Hampshire to stay.
“New Hampshire treasure, renowned storyteller and author of ‘Live Free and Eat Pie,’ Rebecca Rule says about Outtastatahs, ‘Gary Patton nails it in this collection of quirky essays and stories about life in the Granite State. He makes me ponder, he makes me smile. Best of all, he makes me laugh out loud.’”
On a Facebook page promoting the book, https://www.facebook.com/Outtastatahs, Patton indicates that assimilation into the New Hampshire culture is not an option — it is a requirement.
“As newcomers, we had a lot to learn about our newly adopted home. If you move to the Granite State, you, not the state, will have to change. Granite doesn’t chip easily. This book reflects some of the lessons we learned,” Patton wrote.
Online: http://www. seacoastonline.com/apps/ pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130910/NEWS/309100352/ 1/NEWSMAP