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Oct.06.2013
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  The other day I was telling a friend about my new pals, the alpacas on Bristol, Vermont’s Burpee Road. I see a portion of the small herd of ten animals almost every time I bike past them. Now they’re so familiar with my arrival that they stroll over to the wire fence and say hello when I...
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Sep.29.2013
The other day I was thumbing casually through a brand new collection of poems, observations, and very brief essays by incarcerated Vermont women, “Hear Me, See Me,” when I found myself sitting upright, unexpectedly moved. I had just read a brief essay, “Junky Mom,” and saw this parenthetical beside...
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Sep.22.2013
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The biking season here in Vermont is winding down – at least for me it is. I’m not a rider who climbs on a bike in the snow or pedals intrepidly when the temperature is flirting with freezing. The latest in the year I have ridden is the second week in November. I do some of my best writing while...
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Sep.14.2013
It’s mid-September, that time of the year when the leaves begin their kaleidoscopic transformation in Arizona and tourists from around the world descend upon the state to savor the breathtaking foliage. This fairy tale was brought to you by “Arizona Highway” magazine, which boasts in its October...
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Sep.08.2013
Irene destroying the one paved road into Lincoln, VT.
  If you live in the Northeast – especially Vermont and coastal New Jersey – you still remember vividly where you were the last weekend in August 2011, when a seriously dislikable shrew named Irene roared ashore. A hurricane when she hit New Jersey and a tropical storm when she reached Vermont...
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Sep.05.2013
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A child brings two heavy buckets of water into the home of a strange old woman and discovers there a wall of cages with dogs trapped inside – and a small carpet on the floor that has been woven from dog fur. A nine-year-old girl refuses to go to bed, reducing her parents to tears of happiness. . ....
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Aug.31.2013
That great gust of wind – think a Wizard of Oz-sized tornado – you just felt was the collective exhalation of parents everywhere: Their children are finally back in school. Yup, those back-to-school sales that began in July are now a distant memory because our kids really are back in school. And...
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Aug.26.2013
When most of us think of the Champlain Valley Fair, which opened yesterday in Essex Junction, Vermont, we don’t think of fine dining. We think of pork boners. (I just love that I can write those two words in a family newspaper.) We imagine the fried dough. We revel in our memories of Mini Cooper-...
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Aug.11.2013
  Thursday night, my wife and I were at the #1 Auto Parts Demolition Derby at the Addison County Fair and Field Days in New Haven, Vermont to cheer on our good friend, Amanda Bull. She and her family had taken her ancient Plymouth Acclaim and gotten it ready for the competition. That meant...
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Aug.04.2013
When, years ago, my wife and I bought a yellow Victorian beside a white clapboard church here in Lincoln, Vermont, we figured we’d wander in most Easters and Christmas Eves. Maybe we’d pop in occasionally on other Sunday mornings when, for whatever the reason, we were uncharacteristically inspired...
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Jul.27.2013
Earlier this month at the wildlife sanctuary that I call my house, I caught a bat under a plastic Tupperware layer cake cover. The bat was flapping around the kitchen. The day before that, my wife found a nest with six squeaking baby mice in the closet in our den. And, best of all, we have baby...
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Jul.21.2013
Last week a friend of mine asked me why I travel so much when I live in Vermont, a truly beautiful part of the world. There are probably thousands of reasons, but the main one is the little bag of bridge mix that some regional jets provide to make the journey extra fun. The reality is that most of...
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Jul.14.2013
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Greetings! It's been a really lovely first week on the road, thanks to all of you who I've had the pleasure of meeting at eight events in eight states. The events have been terrific: Big crowds, plenty of laughs, lots of t-shirts. I can't thank you all enough for your faith in my work. I'm thrilled...
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Jul.08.2013
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"The Light in the Ruins elucidates, haunts and raises moral quandaries...Bohjalian's historical retelling is riveting...A memorable read."— USA Today July 8, 2013 Dear Friends who Read and Readers who are Friends, Right now stores around the country are unpacking their boxes of The Light in...
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Jul.08.2013
"The Light in the Ruins elucidates, haunts and raises moral quandaries...Bohjalian's historical retelling is riveting...A memorable read."— USA Today July 8, 2013 Dear Friends who Read and Readers who are Friends, Right now stores around the country are unpacking their boxes of The Light in...
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