News from Vermont #387 Oh,What a Sight to See

October 8, 2017 Hello again Maple People, Recently Betsy and I took a pre-foliage season day trip to Bethel, Maine. It was a glorious morning when we headed east across the gravel roads of East Montpelier toward the famous US Rt 2. We knew it wouldn’t be long before an onslaught of leaf peepers would […]

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News from Vermont #386 When You’re In A Pinch

August 31, 2017 Hello again Maple People, I grew up in an age when just about everything under the sun was made in the good old USA, but that has surely changed. It took an outdoor music concert to bring back memories of Montpelier’s most famous manufactured contribution: clothespins. Part of every outdoor musician’s essentials, […]

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News from Vermont #384 She’s A Real Gem

July 21, 2017 Hello again Maple People, There they go again, spade shovel at hand, my wife Betsy tagged by our black lab Fern and headed up the woods road. That’s the way they start every day, going to the woods where Fern poops and snoops, and Betsy prospects. Prospects you ask? Yes, she’s searching […]

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News from Vermont #383 No 1 Makes Syrup > Then We Do :)

June 22, 2017 Hello again Maple People, My first thoughts rambled on: “Texting’s turning us all into automatons…why’d we even bother learning to talk…old Al Bell’s havin’ a bird.”. And then I looked up a bunch of quotations on “talking”, like we use to do, and most of them were a bit negative. It seems […]

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News from Vermont #382 If You Can’t Beat’em, Join’em!

June 9, 2017 Hello again Maple People, A few years ago I wrote about the tiny village of Adamant and once again, it’s worthy of more than a mention. In fact Adamant’s literally “in my face” these days every time I go into the woods because t’is the season….Black Fly Season that is. Adamant is […]

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News from Vermont #381 How “Sweet” It Is To Be Loved

May 26, 2017 Hello again Maple People, Consider the following scenario: Twenty or so people sit circular style in a rustic , drafty building. There’s steam in the air and the soft sounds of a crackling fire in the background. Going around the circle, the people each introduce themselves “Hello, I’m Bob (or Dave or […]

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News from Vermont #380 Wayne’s World….

May 12, 2017 Hello again Maple People, My wife was diggin’ around the house recently and found a video that my cousin Rebecca produced a few years ago about a tree…a 160 year-old-tree. It was a sugar maple, born sometime pre-Civil War that died of old age in 1994. And oh yes, there was a […]

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News from Vermont #379 Mother Nature Just Reminding Us…

April 27, 2017 Hello again Maple People, I look out my window on yet another Saturday morning frosted with winter snow…”Can’t we get a single break?”, I think. After all, it’s April 8 and we still want to complement our 2017 maple syrup season but, obviously not today. And then there’s the business of it…it seems every […]

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News from Vermont #378 Age Is Just A Number To A Memory

News from Vermont #378 Age Is Just A Number To A Memory April 14, 2017 Hello again Maple People, I recently had my sixty-ninth birthday which begs the proverbial question, “Where did all those years go?”.  All of a sudden it occurred to me that I’ve lived through some mighty big transitions and, like all […]

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