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  • Gathering Blueberries
  • Gathering Blueberries

    An essay on life freely lived
    Two items deep inside the newspaper caught my attention one Sunday morning. On one page, I found a story headlined, “Nursing Home Torn Apart…

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  • Momzilla and Me
  • Momzilla and Me

    A bride-to-be discovers the wedding is about more than her and the groom
    We didn’t have an appointment when we showed up at the Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield. Daniel and I had just gotten engaged, and…

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  • To Change or Not to Change?
  • To Change or Not to Change?

    A bride-to-be considers name dropping, and keeping
    I once spent an entire math class writing “Megan Miller,” over and over, in the pages of my Trapper Keeper. Oh, Doug Miller, you…

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  • I Am a 16th-Generation Vermonter
  • I Am a 16th-Generation Vermonter

    An author examines the "flatlander" problem
    Not really. I just want eighth-generation Vermonters who read those words to know what it feels like to be eight generations behind in a…

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  • Shock and Awe
  • Shock and Awe

    Finding beauty in the circus sideshow
    In the 1970s, when I was just a kid, my father took me to the county fair every year to see the sideshow. We…

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  • Double Vision
  • Double Vision

    A father of twins weighs in on the power of two
    We’re taught that one plus one equals two. This equation holds up pretty well — until you become a parent of twins. “It’s not…

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  • Save the Dates
  • Save the Dates

    Something old, something new … all summer long
    I went to my first wedding — or at least the first of which I have any recollection — in 1983. It was a…

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  • Summer of Lounge
  • Summer of Lounge

    Vermonters have something to say about “doing nothing”
    A few years ago, a slim volume at Borders jumped out at me. I don’t know which caught my eye first: the jacket photograph —…

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  • On the Lamb
  • On the Lamb

    A Vermont shepherd-filmmaker takes stock of his flock
    Which of the following is not true of sheep? Lambs are adorable. Lamb’s wool is warm. Lamb chops are to die for. A flock grazing…

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  • Groom With a View
  • Groom With a View

    A new husband's humble advice to his betrothed brethren
    So, you’ve decided to take the big plunge. After successfully navigating years of booze-fueled hookups, speed-dating mishaps and Internet e-flirt sites such as Datemysorryass.com,…

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  • Panic on the Midway
  • Panic on the Midway

    Rating the rides at the Champlain Valley Fair
    I am the first to admit I'm a tad neurotic. I carry Purell and dental floss in my purse in case I am forced…

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  • Making Adjustments
  • Making Adjustments

    How I put my back into chiropractic
    The turkey was titanic: a 28-pounder, the largest I’d ever cooked. After brining it, lifting it out, drying it off, stuffing it, trussing it,…

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  • Counting the Hours
  • Counting the Hours

    What does your mental timeline look like, and where did it come from?
    Stare up at the sky on a clear night, and you are gazing deep into an unfathomable past. This is no metaphor: It’s an…

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