Three and a half years ago, I left California. I bought a little house eight miles down the road from where I used to vote, long ago, and re-established residency in my home state. This year’s election will be the first I get to participate in as a New Hampshire voter in 24 years, and I doubt there will be anything I do this season, or next, that carries more significance for me than casting that ballot. The idea that anyone who has the opportunity to do so would fail to vote defies my understanding. “That’s not something a woman did in 1977,” she says.

I have another reason to return to the Presidentials in my 60th year. On a considerably smaller and sunnier New Hampshire mountain just five weeks ago, Jim and I got married—both for the second time and each after being single for many years. As a celebration of the rare good fortune of finding each other at this point in our lives, after no shortage [pii_email_2538ab643fd387c2ed72] of rocky times, we’ve chosen to tackle these mountains together. I haven’t been totally at ease with the challenge, but that’s part of the point. There is nobody I’d rather have at my side when feeling shaky than Jim. From 1984 to 1990, Maynard wrote the weekly syndicated column “Domestic Affairs”, dealing with marriage, parenthood, and family life.

In the late 1990s, she wrote to her readers in an online discussion forum, The Domestic Affairs Message Board. Maynard has published novels in a wide range of literary genres, including fiction, young adult fiction, and true crime. Her sixth novel, Labor Day , was adapted into the 2013 film of the same name, directed by Jason Reitman.

Those who choose may take a sauna and a swim, or explore the lake on a paddle board. This workshop is for anyone who has always wanted to do in-depth work with Joyce but can’t get to her weeklong Guatemala retreat, or doesn’t have a whole week to spend on a workshop. Joyce is thrilled to now offer a 3-day workshop on memoir and personal storytelling in New Hampshire.

A modern-day matchmaker with “Together New Hampshire” uses old-school techniques to help her clientele find love later in life. A passionate partner — and one who wouldn’t interfere with the fierce independence she’d cultivated over decades as a writer. The 7pm event includes an author presentation and Q+A moderated by New Hampshire author Joyce Maynard, plus a book signing and meet-and-greet. It will be held at The Music Hall Loft at 131 Congress Street, in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “You haven’t been married to Jim before,” the diamond dealer said.

It was a Fourth of July weekend, and right after they were pronounced husband and wife, fireworks displays in three nearby towns got under way. Real Simple is part of the Dotdash Meredith publishing family. Follow New York Times Travel on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. And sign up for our weekly Travel Dispatch newsletter to receive expert tips on traveling smarter and inspiration for your next vacation.