Author Tom Ryan Reflects on Experiencing Life on the Next Windows to the Wild

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Tom Ryan and host Willem Lange

DURHAM – Two old friends and one gentle trail set the scene for the next WINDOWS TO THE WILD episode. On a brisk fall day, Following Atticus author Tom Ryan and host Willem Lange meet up at the Brook Path trailhead in Wonalancet and go for a hike.

In 2012, when Tom and Willem first met, Tom recalled they were both a lot younger, and they didn’t know that life was about to throw them some curveballs.

Tom struggled with heart, lung and kidney problems that threatened his life and his love for outdoor activities.  Determined not to lose what he loved, Tom made changes, and his health improved.

Now it is Willem who struggles with the trails. Willem agrees, “I think losing my wife was a tremendous blow to my physical body as well as the emotional.”

Tom and Willem take a break alongside a rushing stream. While their dogs run in and out of the water, the men reflect upon life’s swiftly changing events. The two friends agree that with work and desire, there’s no reason to give up what’s meaningful to them – the outdoors.

Viewers can learn more about Tom Ryan and Willem Lange’s adventure on an all-new episode of WINDOWS TO THE WILD, airing January 9 at 7:30 pm on New Hampshire PBS and online at

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