You can tell something about a people’s hopes and fears by their seasonal stockpiles. As we eagerly await spring here in Keene, local merchants have begun lining up bikes. Care to invest in New Hampshire futures? The red-winged blackbirds and wood ducks are back, and we’re dreaming of summer months to come, days when getting around town is as easy as hopping on two wheels and pedaling.

Contrast the above picture of New Hampshire hopes with the stockpile stacked at the other end of the same parking lot:

Summer dreams are fine and good, but only a well-seasoned woodpile will keep you warm on cold March nights. In these middling, pre-spring days, a carefully stacked stash of winter wood is our Now, and an alluring line of shiny bicycles is our Not Yet.