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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 »

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 »

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 »