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Julia Shipley

Biography:

Julia Shipley is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Herd and Planet Jr. Her manuscript, Adam's Mark: Writing from the Ox House, supported by a 2010-11 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant is forthcoming from Plowboy Press. As both a professional writer and subsistence farmer she's intensely interested in the overlap and interplay between these two fields. She also is fascinated with identifying and celebrating what makes each rural community distinct and special. 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

All Aboard | Poetry Where You Least Expect It

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

The Lunch Box Mobile | Small-Farm Produce Delivery

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  It’s the size and shape of an ice cream truck. And certainly kindles the same enthusiasm, “They’re... Read More »

The Museum of Everyday Life | Not Your Typical Museum

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  The Museum of Everyday Life is a self serve, honor system, roadside attraction, kinda like a farmstand,... Read More »

The 50- Year Foliage Plan | A Random Act of Canopy

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Drive to Irasburg along this dirt thoroughfare, locally known as The Crik (Road), and you might not notice... Read More »

Northern Star

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  “Please take out your passports and have them ready for inspection,” Captain Andy Scott announces over the... Read More »

A Taste of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom | A Book Reading and Tasting

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Oh the donuts. I can smell them from fifteen miles away. Those crisp tender golden brown loops jumbled... Read More »

Searching for Treasure in Craftsbury, Vermont

Searching for Treasure in Craftsbury, Vermont

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Craftsbury’s underworld was unknown to me until two of its secret servicemen guided me into the town’s treasure... Read More »

Chicken BBQ Community Supper | Saying Thanks to the Craftsbury Volunteer Fire Department

Chicken BBQ Community Supper | Saying Thanks to the Craftsbury Volunteer Fire Department

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Last Saturday the folks who drop whatever they’re doing to put out our fires and rescue us from... Read More »

Pure Loonacy | A Day Chasing Loons in Vermont

Pure Loonacy | A Day Chasing Loons in Vermont

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Recently, my neighbor, Eric Hanson, the Vermont State Loon Biologist and his wife, Anne packed the car for... Read More »

Craftsbury General Store | A Slice of Small-Town Life

Craftsbury General Store | A Slice of Small-Town Life

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The Craftsbury General Store is where many of my small town’s groggy souls fill up their cups and... Read More »

Cold Turkey Plunge in Nantucket | Only in New England

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It’s admittedly counterintuitive, calling the sensation of wearing almost no clothing in 20° to 30° air and 38°... Read More »