#300 Strength in Strugglin’

Hello again Maple People, My last story about walking to school brings to mind a recent sugarhouse visitor I had. I was just finishing up a tour for a group of visitors from England when an older woman approached…""Burr Morse" she said, reaching out her hand like a thirty-something. "Barbara Nelson" I said accepting her […]

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#299 Uphill Both Ways

Hello again Maple People, I know times have changed but I, admitted curmudgeon, found news accounts of the October 9th "International Walk to School Day" quite entertaining. In fact for folks of my generation, staging a "walk to school" for a single day with fanfare and balloons, is downright hilarious. And, yes, I have my […]

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#298 What’s in a Name

Hello again Maple People, It's foliage season, aka "bus season", again here at Morse Farm. Although a bit unorthodox compared to other farmers' gleanings of corn or wheat, my "take" includes meeting interesting folks who live all over the world. I always make light of my name to bus groups…"My name's Burr." I say, hesitating […]

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#297 God’s Valley

Hello again Maple People, God was surely in a light mood when he created the valley that descends from the granite hills of Washington down into Chelsea and Tunbridge. It's like no other place on earth as you wind along the rolling meadows and maple-clad dumplings down Route 110 and its accompanying brook. There's a […]

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#296 Fightin’ Over Fall

Hello again Maple People, A few days ago Wilson Ring an Associated Press reporter came up to the farm to see me. After a hurried salutation, he asked if I'd "seen the headline". Quicker'n I could say "Syria", he shoved his smart phone in my face and there the ugly headline glared: "Autumn in Arizona […]

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#294 Music According to Burr

Hello again Maple People, Although I'm a "farm boy" right down to my slow lane image , everyone needs a hobby. And, no, my someday obituary will not include the words hunting, fishing, bowling, or golf. I simply don't have time for those "normal" pastimes nor will I even in retirement…don't know how, never learned. […]

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#291 Peddle On

Hello again Maple People, Summer made its official entrance on June 21 this year. To many, that milestone means boating on the lake and baseball hotdogs but to me, it just brings back memories of my oft-painful early days as a vegetable farmer and peddler. Back in "the day", my parents and I spent every […]

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#290 Study in Circles

Hello again Maple People, My brother Elliott and I stand looking at the prostrate stone of Joel Robinson up at the Robinson Cemetery in Calais, Vermont. Elliott has recently glued its two halves back together after nature took its toll years ago and our mission today is to get the stone back upright. We stand […]

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#289 Nature’s Open Studio

Hello again Maple People, Memorial Day weekend is always special, not only for its original purpose to honor those who have sacrificed to keep us free, but also because it's really the first holiday when Vermont weather speaks "cookouts, get-togethers, and declarations of winter's end"…that is except this year. This year we all shared the […]

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#288 New Dowser

Hello again Maple People, The words "we need rain" have been used more times lately than you could shake a stick at and if it doesn't rain soon, we all may be out there "shakin'" sticks…that is ones of the crotched willow variety. Dowsing's what I'm talking about. The other day, my brother and I […]

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