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

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

4 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (87% 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

5 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

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% 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

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

The American Milking Devon | Preserving a Historic and Rare Breed of Cattle

The American Milking Devon | Preserving a Historic and Rare Breed of Cattle

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

Willow, an American Milking Devon at Manysummers Farm in Cornish, New Hampshire, has yellow honeysuckle flowers scattered across... Read More »

Yes I Know Noank, Connecticut | A Sweet Detour

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

If the town had been called “Connecticut Point” or “South Mystic,” I could have resisted. But it was... Read More »

Keeping Sheep | The Accidental Shepherdess

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

There were cows and calves aplenty on their dairy farm when Diane Young was a girl growing up... Read More »

The Pleasures of May

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

Maybe this month is called “May” because of all the new things that are possible. “A stick, a... Read More »

Cady’s Falls Nursery | Perennial Lessons

Cady’s Falls Nursery | Perennial Lessons

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

“We were new in Vermont,” Don Avery writes in the forward to his 2014 nursery catalogue, “In the... Read More »

The Galaxy Bookshop | An Independent Book Stores Still Shines

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

Real books. New books, the kind with covers that feel slightly grainy and have freshly cut pages. In... Read More »

All Aboard | Poetry Where You Least Expect It

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

Starved for colors, I found myself marveling at the platinum-hued potato chip bag by the side of the... Read More »

‘Ice Out’ on Joe’s Pond | Sign of Spring

3 votes, 4.67 avg. rating (89% score)

In Vermont’s north country, spring’s true arrival is marked by “ice out” – when a special raft sinks into... Read More »

One Final Go Round | Last Ski of the Season

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

Firsts are easy: first red-winged blackbird wheeze, first hopping robin, first crocus then daffodil, first surge of emerald... Read More »

Town Meeting | A Sign of Spring

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

One hint of spring in Vermont is the unfolding of an aluminum chair. On the second Tuesday in... Read More »

PoemCity | Here in New England

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

It sounds like the start of a joke: A man walks into a poem. Except … that’s what... Read More »

Hens in Residence | Temporary Housemates

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

As long as I’ve had livestock, no matter how cozy, how dry and warm, how peaceful the atmosphere... Read More »

The Future of Northcountry Winter | Musings on a Snowy Day

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

Lacking a thermometer, I gauge how cold it is by icy calligraphy on the living room windows: a... Read More »

The Old Stone House | Where Legend Wraps Itself around History

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

It’s startling—you see it and think: What the heck is that? On a back road in Brownington, Vermont,... Read More »

Rural Free Delivery | A Day in the Life of a Mail Hauler

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

Dairy farming and rural mail delivery actually have a lot in common: they both involve physical labor, a... Read More »

A Vermont Sleigh Ride | Dashing Through the Snow

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

Dashing through the snow? Check. In a one horse open sleigh? You betcha. O’re the fields we go?... Read More »

ABC Mural of Local Distinctiveness | The Gift of a Sense of Place

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

“Wow—look at all that blue sky! You didn’t put in any of our grey winter clouds,” June Pichel... Read More »

Hand-Crafting Bowls in Vermont | A Tale of Sustainability

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

Dave Brown likes to make things. Along with his wife, Ann, he’s hewed most of their home’s furnishings:... Read More »

S.D. Ireland’s Truck Number 6 | A Modern Day Sleigh

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

S.D. Ireland’s truck number 6 sits in the third bay of the garage on Grove Street in South... Read More »

Barnology | Research and Reverence for New England Barns

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

Here in Vermont, there are still more barns from the last two to three centuries than there are... Read More »

The Craftsbury Common | Lessons in Building Community

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

Craftsbury Common is a handsome patch of grass surrounded by pretty white buildings. Depending on the season, this... Read More »

Dog Mountain | Home of the World’s Only Dog Chapel

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

Dog Mountain, home of the world’s only dog chapel, is situated three miles from downtown St. Johnsbury,VT, just... Read More »



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