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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News from Vermont #376 The True Strength of Positive Thinking!

March 3, 2017 Hello again Maple People, I recently chalked up one of those rare and elusive miracles. On January 25 I woke up at 4:30 in the morning to troublesome groaning sounds from the bathroom. When I rushed to check it out, there was my wife Betsy lying on the floor in obvious distress. Though her words were […]

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News from Vermont #375 Burr’s Gone Banana’s….again

January 26, 2017 Hello again Maple People, Gol-dern bananas! They’re very nutritious and I know we should eat one every day but getting into them is for the birds (or the monkeys). So often that stem at the top is so tough it requires a sharp knife, or a set of sharp chompers, and then […]

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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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