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Ken's Family Leaves the Arizona Desert for New Hampshire

Arizona might not be the most common origin state for an FSP participant. Though not quite as free as New Hampshire, Arizona is toward the free end of the scale, particularly in comparison with neighboring California. In fact, the Grand Canyon State is full of freedom-seeking refugees from California, not unlike New Hampshire’s situation with neighboring Massachusetts. But having been born in New England, and despite not having lived here since around my early teen years, nowhere else has ever felt quite like home. I have always felt some odd pull back to this place, even stronger than the lure of the mild Arizona winters (although I could do without another 115°F summer).

#ThankAFreeStater with Liam and Samantha

Since moving to New Hampshire, Liam and Samantha Leane have dedicated countless hours to volunteering and promoting the Free State Project. They produced Liberty Forum 2012 and 2013 as well as PorcFest 2014. With their hard work and attention to detail, these were some of our most successful events!

Although not originally from this country, Liam found his forever-home with his wife Samantha in the Merrimack Valley of New Hampshire. They both believe strongly in the hard work it takes to build a community and to create a meaningful life. Like many others around New Hampshire, their chosen community is a wonderful group of Porcupines who get together on a regular basis, sharing stories of each other's lives and ideas on how to improve them.

For the past few years, Samantha has continued to volunteer for Liberty Forum, taking care of registration and making sure check-in goes smoothly. This is no simple task, but with her wicked organizing skills and general know-how, she and her team make it look easy and get the job done.

  • Feb 13 2018 

Liberty Forum 2018 Was Spectacular

What an amazing Liberty Forum! It was motivating, educational, and exciting to engage with so many liberty lovers from all over the country. More than one third of our attendees were from out of state, and one quarter were visiting for the first time. What a great opportunity to see the event with fresh eyes. Thanks to Mel and Richard Gibson who put together a tremendous event, full of great speakers, controversial debate, and a full load of networking.

Of course, now that I have the stage, I also have the chance to thank the rest of our hard-working team. Every one of our lead coordinators worked their tails off to bring you a million dollar event. Christine Butler is as always her graceful and dignified self, even in the face of last minute Events Directing chaos. Mary Sorens battled the flu (!) and even in the face of that hard fought battle rocked out social media, spreading tweets (not germs) throughout the event. Chris Lopez managed off-site dinners (for the first year ever) bringing speakers closer to our attendees and activating 20 local volunteers to take on the task of hosting these unique gatherings.

Robert and Carol Choose New Hampshire over Wisconsin

Robert and Carol

Carol and I, along with our four children, came from Wisconsin’s Milwaukee area. I was working for Tesla Motors in Grand Rapids, MI, but we did not want to stay in Michigan at all. We were thinking about heading back to Wisconsin when we decided to look into a possible move to New Hampshire. It was then that we were introduced to the Free State Project and we met Mary in the Facebook group. We knew it was where we belonged and where our new adventures awaited.

We moved, with the help of some very good Free State people, into our new home in Pembroke, NH. There were resources for everything we needed within the Free State Project and, although moving can be expensive and stressful, having other like minded people around us, lending a hand, offering advice, and helping with home searches, made it much less stressful.

The people here are wonderful. The area offers so much from outdoor adventure to excellent shopping. We are within an hour of mountains, Boston, the seacoast, and some of the country's most beautiful, clean and breathtaking forests, trails and waterways.

Buying a Home in New Hampshire: Frequently Asked Questions

BJ & Joslyn in front of their home

Buying a home in a new state can be a daunting experience. Porcupine Real Estate has compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by out-of-state buyers.

Q: How do I go about scheduling a showing?
A: It’s very important that you contact us to schedule a showing for you. As buyer’s agents, we have a fiduciary duty to you. That means that we represent you and your best interest in every transaction.

Q: Who pays your commission?
A: The seller is responsible for paying all commissions. There is no cost for buyers.

Q: Will you recommend a good lender?
A: We highly recommend using a NH-based lender who knows the local market. We have established relationships with lenders who will honor the deadlines set forth in the Purchase & Sales Agreement. The lenders with whom we work are service-oriented and require less follow-up and oversight.

  • Feb 6 2018 

Cryptocurrency Fan Finds the Best State for a Free Life

Andy

Andy writes: I learned about the Free State Project a few years ago when I was living in California working a good job with a government agency. I planned to fly to New Hampshire to attend PorcFest 2016 and to check out the area, but I came down with a health issue that forced me to cancel my plans. It became increasingly difficult for me to work, and in early 2017 I ended up taking early retirement. At that time, I knew I could no longer live in high-taxed and overpriced California on my pension income, so I looked at more affordable places in the country and decided to try going to PorcFest again. I made the long drive from California to Lancaster in June 2017 and attended the festival.

At PorcFest, I met other free state movers and met realtors from Porcupine Real Estate. I drove around New Hampshire after the festival to see which areas would be a good fit for me and my budget. I liked Keene because there seemed to be a lot of people interested in cryptocurrencies, and I liked the walk-ability of the city.

Heard in New Hampshire

Snowboarding

"Thursday homeschool snowboarding day!" ~ Paige Eden Savell

"An estimated 600 homeschool supporters turned out yesterday afternoon to oppose House Bill 1263 (HB 1263), a bill that would roll-back the annual reporting requirement. Nearly every seat in Representatives' Hall was taken, the anteroom and upstairs gallery were filled, and families spilled out into the hallway." ~Michelle Levell

"INCREDIBLE turnout of fellow homeschoolers today! I'm so proud to be a part of this passionate homeschooling community. We've packed the house! #NHitslikethistoo" ~Sarah Chamberlain

"When you threaten New Hampshire's homeschoolers, the House gets packed." ~Bill McGonigle

"What a fantastic day in NH! I would not want to homeschool anywhere else." ~Lauren Lawless

"I went to the grocery store on our way home from the library today. I had the twins with me. The cashier asked if school was closed today. I said, 'They are only four.' Her response: 'Well send them to a day care!' Before I could answer, my Charlie looked her dead in the eye and said, 'We are homeschoolers. We care for our day already.'" ~Paige Eden Savell

  • Feb 1 2018 

"The Heroin Effect" at Liberty Forum 2018

Liberty Forum 2018​ is proud to present a free public showing of The Heroin Effect​, an award-winning documentary on the opioid crisis, featuring a discussion with Director Michael Venn, who received the 2017 NH Filmmaker of the Year Award.

WHEN: Saturday, February 10, at 9:15pm
WHERE: The Radisson Downtown Manchester, Pemigewasset Room
ADMISSION: Free. Please consider bringing a warm coat to donate.
RSVP ON FACEBOOK: or just come!

  • Jan 22 2018 

Unschooling – Convincing Your Partner and Family to Buy In

One of the most common things I hear when talking to people who are interested in unschooling is that they are concerned that their family, usually their partner or parents, are too scared to try it. This can be painful for everyone involved.

If you want to try unschooling, you believe that a life of self-directed learning may be the best path for your child. You love the idea of giving them a freer life, one where they can explore their passions as deeply as they wish in an environment that respects them as whole people.

But this new way of thinking about education may terrify the other people who love your child. They (and likely everyone they know) have gone through a particular educational system. Some may have gone to private school, and some may have gone to public school, and maybe a few were homeschooled. As for kids doing what they wish to do all day? Your family members likely know no one who has followed this path to its completion. So it makes sense that they are scared, right?

  • Jan 17 2018 

Heard in New Hampshire

"Sledding before 8:30 AM. Rough life." ~Paige Eden Savell

"Made it to homeschool gym! 6 inches is a dusting! #HomeschoolIsLikeThisToo #ColdWeatherKids #NewHampshireHasItAll" ~Rani Merryman

"The vote is 184 to 162. Education Savings Account Bill: SB 193 passes!!!!!! It will go to the House Finance Committee sometime soon. Today is a huge day for NH children!! Celebrate tonight, back to work tomorrow!!" ~Michelle Levell, School Choice for New Hampshire

"NH bars have the best reading material. Nothing like reading a little Gödel, Escher, Bach while enjoying a glass of Tabula Rasa or Victorty nor Defeat." ~Jeffrey Creem

"When you get a new doctor and he knows about the Free State Project, FreeKeene, and he voted for Gary Johnson." ~Stephen Nass

"How much do I love my little community? Made it home with no problems until I got stuck in the driveway, in the dark, no less. Put out a message and within 10 minutes I had 4 people respond to help me out. I was out in 30 minutes and he plowed the driveway, too. Love this place, love these people. #snowpocalypse2018 #NHitslikethistoo" ~Lisa Cole

(Photo by Paige Eden Savell)

  • Jan 11 2018 

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