News from Vermont #374 The Spirit of a Song

January 11, 2017 Hello again Maple People, My Aunt June approached me a month before Christmas asking if I’d sing in the Old Meeting House choir for their Christmas Eve service. She is the accompanist for the choir and wanted to have a full group for that special occasion. First of all, although I can […]

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News from Vermont #373 Once A Greaser, Always A Greaser

News from Vermont #373 Once A Greaser, Always A Greaser December 27, 2016 Hello again Maple People, Greasing. That’s what my friend Bill says I should write about so that’s just what I’ll do, and he should know because he owns a small farm and a tractor. Being brought up on a farm, I know […]

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News from Vermont #372 Believing Never Gets Too Old!

December 23, 2016 Hello again Maple People, It was recently pointed out that we have not sent out a News from Vermont for quite a while and for that I can only point to that old curmudgeon who writes them being too busy lately! There is a new one headed your way about greasing our […]

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News from Vermont #371 Harry and Dot Continue To Inspire Us All!

November 18, 2016 Hello again Maple People, “Buy me a ticket on the last train home” sings Al Stewart in his song “Time Passages”. And I say “indeed, time passes all too quickly these days”. In dog years, my Black Lab Averill and I are about the same age. Yesterday Avie tried to navigate the […]

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News from Vermont #370 Don’t Judge A Burr By It’s Cover…

November 2, 2016 Hello again Maple People, As I’ve shared with you before, when I was sixteen my father sold our dairy cows and decided to try his hand at diversified farming. Post dairy cows, our farm consisted of vegetable growing, beef cows and maple sugaring, all ventures that maximized labor and minimized income. I, […]

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News from Vermont #369 Don’t Have A Cow!

September 23, 2016 Hello again Maple People, Every day lately we have been jugging up syrup preparing for all the visitors coming soon to see Vermont‘s beautiful fall foliage. In addition to that heavenly aroma of maple syrup heating up and, of course, the ample opportunity to taste-test lots of it, my jugging job has […]

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News from Vermont #368 A Boy And His Dog…?

News from Vermont #368 A Boy And His Dog…? September 9, 2016 Hello again Maple People, It seems these days with all the stupid things going on in our human “community” that maybe the animals have a better handle on how to live life. After all, you don’t see any of them walking around “thumbing” […]

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#365 — They’re More Than Just Flowers

July 15, 2016 Hello again Maple People, One of my musician friends also runs a flower shop. She’s quite “mellow” as most musicians are but one subject that can draw her ire is the phrase “in lieu of flowers” that we often see in obituaries these days. I can’t say that I blame her because […]

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News from Vermont #357 The Mysteries of Sugarin’

March 3, 2016 Needless to say, maple sugaring is on my mind these days here in early spring. Everywhere we go the questions to us gush out like sap on a good day: “Will it be a good season? Will this weird winter affect sugarin’? Made any syrup yet?”. And the answers are, respectively, “Huh?, […]

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#356 — Burr at the Farm Show.

!February 18, 2016 Hello Again Maple People I recently made my annual pilgrimage to the Vermont Farm Show. The day hinted of January thaw but still, there was a breezy Champlain Valley bite to the air as I exited my car in an almost muddy parking lot. I headed toward the fairgrounds thinking “hard place […]

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