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Julia Shipley

Biography:

Contributing editor, Julia Shipley's stories celebrate New Englanders' enduring connection to place. She digs up facts and stats for each issue's "By The Numbers" feature; she's also the author of Yankee's "Vermont Rural Life" blog, as well the Yankee Plus column, "The Farmer's Life." An award winning poet, her long-form lyric essay, Adam's Mark was selected as one of the Boston Globe's Best New England Books of 2014.

Lake Champlain, Vermont’s “Great Lake” | New England by the Numbers

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1609 year French explorer Samuel de Champlain sailed into the Lake Champlain region 6.8 trillion gallons of water:... Read More »

Delphiniums | Beautiful Blooms

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

A legacy continues through a packet of seeds.  The first delphiniums I ever saw: A man arrived at... Read More »

A Time to Bloom | The Apple Blossom Cotillion in Springfield, Vermont

A Time to Bloom | The Apple Blossom Cotillion in Springfield, Vermont

14 votes, 4.14 avg. rating (82% score)

The annual Apple Blossom Cotillion in Springfield, Vermont offers the town’s young people the chance to participate in... Read More »

Norman Rockwell Trivia | New England By The Numbers

Norman Rockwell Trivia | New England By The Numbers

6 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

Did you know that it took an average of twenty-one days for Norman Rockwell to complete a painting?... Read More »

A Lawnmower is Born | The Farmer’s Life

3 votes, 2.33 avg. rating (54% score)

Dispatches from Chickadee Farm in Craftsbury, Vermont A flock of sheep. A pasture. And a relationship that goes... Read More »

St. Patrick’s Day Parades | New England By the Numbers

9 votes, 3.85 avg. rating (77% score)

Did you know that 20% of Bostonians claim Irish heritage? Learn more tidbits and trivia about two of... Read More »

Winter’s Bounty | The Farmer’s Life

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

Three seasons of work is revealed inside the farmer’s freezer. Even as my pastures are sealed inside a... Read More »

Snowy Owls | New England by the Numbers

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Did you know snowy owls can live up to 32 years? Learn more tidbits and trivia about one... Read More »

Little Women Trivia | New England By The Numbers

11 votes, 4.18 avg. rating (83% score)

Did you know that Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has never been out of print? Learn more tidbits... Read More »

The Giving Tree | The Farmer’s Life

6 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (88% score)

A red oak meets its end, but not the limit of what it can offer. A decade ago, when... Read More »

The Farmer’s Life: Hard Pressed

2 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (86% score)

Apple season brings an autumn ritual and a toast to dear friends. I feel like I’m just going around... Read More »

The Country Store | New England’s Gifts

3 votes, 4.33 avg. rating (84% score)

When the townspeople of Craftsbury, Vermont, hang out at the general store, the line blurs between “store” and... Read More »

Frisbee | New England’s Gifts

Frisbee | New England’s Gifts

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1871 year when Frisbie Pie Company was founded in Bridgeport, CT 3 disc toys invented by Fred Morrison... Read More »

The Birth of the Fried Clam | Trivia

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

7/3/1916 The fateful day when “Chubby” Woodman of Essex, Mass., became the first person to batter-fry a clam... Read More »

Boston Duck Tours | New England By the Numbers

4 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

TWO ways (on ground and by water) the DUKW explores Boston; DUKW is derived from General Motors terminology:... Read More »

New Hampshire Seacoast | A Short Coast with a Long Story

New Hampshire Seacoast | A Short Coast with a Long Story

2 votes, 3.00 avg. rating (66% score)

The New Hampshire seacoast encompasses only 13 miles. A day’s walk, however, proves that it’s long on character and... Read More »

Buried Treasures | Stories Beneath Our Feet

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Buried treasures from the past wait to be heard and found again. FINDERS Undisclosed location, Northern Vermont It’s... Read More »

Clackity Clack | The Typewriter’s Back

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

  White River Junction, Vermont is a bastion of some of the first millennium’s best inventions: Trains (Amtrak’s... Read More »

Martha’s Diner | Hot Plate for a Cold Day

8 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (88% score)

It’s -16 at 6 a.m. I’m kneeling on the kitchen floor, setting up a portable space heater to... Read More »

Bacon Night At Nutty Steph’s | Salty and Delicious

2 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (86% score)

This is Sophie, the poster child for chocolate and bacon. Right now she’s staffing the register at the... Read More »

Boston Ballet Nutcracker | New England by The Numbers

1 vote, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

1892 year The Nutcracker ballet débuted in St. Petersburg, Russia 2012 year Boston reimagined its Nutcracker performance 3,600... Read More »

Life of a Christmas Tree Seller | This May Be Your Tree Part III

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

Five hours south of Moffatt’s Christmas Tree Farm, Seth Johnson steers his flatbed truck into the Stamford, Connecticut,... Read More »

Christmas Tree Transport | This May Be Your Tree Part II

4 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (87% score)

Presently, hundreds of Christmas trees are flying sideways down the interstates of the east coast, zooming away from... Read More »

Wicked Big Picture | Moffatt’s Christmas Tree Farm

4 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (95% score)

Moffatt’s Christmas Tree Farm | This May Be Your Tree Read More »

Moffatt’s Christmas Tree Farm | This May Be Your Tree

8 votes, 4.75 avg. rating (93% score)

North of where you’re reading this, there’s a hayfield with rolling hills, and in a certain portion which... Read More »

True Stories | My Creative Neighbor

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

For many years I drove by a little hand painted sign stuck in a lawn that said, “Free... Read More »

The Beauty of Willey’s Store

3 votes, 3.67 avg. rating (74% score)

You can have it all, if by all you mean: A nice Malbec, kitty litter, a ground rod,... Read More »



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