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Julia Shipley

Biography:

Julia Shipley is the author of three poetry chapbooks and most recently, a prose collection Adam's Mark: Writing from the Ox House, supported by a 2010-11 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant and published by Plowboy Press. Her Vermont Rural Life blog showcases the people, land and community of her unique corner of Vermont-- a mix of mountains and fields, daisies and delphiniums, Holstein cows and eight point Bucks, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers, newcomers and old-timers all making their way in one of the least populated places on the east coast.

Winter’s Bounty | The Farmer’s Life

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% 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)

  560 snowy owls that Mass. Audubon’s Norman Smith has caught in the vicinity of Logan Airport over... Read More »

Little Women Trivia | New England By The Numbers

10 votes, 4.10 avg. rating (81% score)

  2nd birth order of among her four sisters 1832 year Louisa May Alcott was born 70 days it took... 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 »

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 »

Ben’s Pumpkins | Friendly Pumpkin Wars

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

Ben Nottermann has been growing his business since the ripe old age of six. Yes, the year most... Read More »

The First Frost in a Cold Pocket of Vermont

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

  “A cold pocket”—it sounds like something a snowman might have. But that’s where I live, in the... Read More »

Thea Alvin’s Stone Art | The School of Hard Rocks

Thea Alvin’s Stone Art | The School of Hard Rocks

5 votes, 4.60 avg. rating (89% score)

On Route 100 in Vermont, between Morrisville and Stowe, Thea Alvin’s unique stone arches, circles, and sculptures are... Read More »

Steeplejack Jay Southgate | The Big Question

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We asked steeplejack Jay Southgate…What’s the Point? Jay Southgate is the owner of Southgate Steeplejacks, headquartered on the... Read More »

Tales from an Old School Woodworker

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

  When it’s beautiful, Sunny Sweatt and his daughter, Rhoda can be found on their Craftsbury workshop porch,... Read More »

Brown’s Beautiful Blueberries | Harvesting Plan B

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

They appear the same time as the chicory blooms by the roadside: signs for Brown’s Beautiful Blueberries. They’re... Read More »

Barr Hill in Greensboro, Vermont | A Writer’s Hike, A Reader’s Eden

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

  Again, I have the long incline of the road snaking up Barr Hill to myself. Only a... Read More »



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