#275 Sticky Politics

Hello again Maple People, I've pledged before to exclude talk of politics, pestilence, or war from this column but once in a while something so important comes up that I have to "tweak" my rules. I'm sure you'll understand, what with America's recent election and hostile threats from the Middle East. Yup, there's no shortage […]

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#274 Addendum

  Hello again Maple People, Folks…We maple sugarmakers were so lucky that we did not get Sandy's high winds that might have blown down our trees. Our thoughts and prayers, however, go out to the folks south of Vermont who were so hurt by Hurricaine Sandy. Although it must seem like the "end of the […]

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#274 Language of the Day

  Hello again Maple People, I got a distinct message on October 12 in another language, the universal language of "changing seasons". It came with our first snowflakes and was instantly translated in vastly different ways; to our Hawaiian guests, it brought appropriate awe but to me, Vermonter of many winters, it brought a stern […]

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#273 Limbo Season

  Hello again Maple People, Even though I've lived through over sixty years of foliage seasons, each one gets better than the one before! The other evening I was watching TV in our living room when suddenly a patch of foliage in our view out front became downright ethereal. I sprang to the window and […]

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#272 Autumn Snowfall

It's harvest season again in Vermont and to a farmer, it's not all just hauling in heaping loads of punkins n' squash. We've got other tasks to do to insure that we'll have a harvest season next year; namely, get out there and figure out what "food" the soil needs to be healthy. Often times here in on our side-hill […]

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#271 My Mom’s Folks

  Hello again Maple People, We're smack-dab in the middle of political season and I think most of us are getting a bit punchy with all the put-downs, puffy bravadoes, and blatant mistruths…heck if I advertised my business like these guys advertise themselves, nobody would come here! I shut 'em out as much as I […]

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