Category Archives: Neighborhood

I Should Have Known

Amazingly, when I took our car in to be serviced this morning the dealership had a separate waiting area for grown-ups, quiet, with computer desks, and far removed from the usual place down the hall, with its bad magazines and … Continue reading

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PG-13 (for Parental Guidance)

When my son came to his new school, we heard that the 6th (now 7th) grade class parents group we thus had joined was the most organized, dedicated such group around. I don’t really have experience with any of the … Continue reading

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No, He Doesn’t

I forgot to mention yesterday that I went downtown to see a panel discussion on the media, where most of the people (except for one named Dotty) seemed to be named Howard. I got there quite late, having had a … Continue reading

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Want a Job? No thanks.

After years of reading about Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day, I actually found myself this afternoon in a place (Church Street, downtown Burlington) that had a scoop shop. First I saw the TV truck from Channel 5, then a … Continue reading

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That Explains It

Samuel Johnson said, famously, that “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.? I must be tired of something, because I got to my favorite store in town this morning, and couldn’t find a single thing … Continue reading

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While (His) Guitar Gently Weeps

Thinking about what the doc said a few days ago, and because I didn’t even get out of bed until 4 this afternoon (I was up from 2:30—8a, reading Shirley Jackson), I decided to walk this evening to the spiritual … Continue reading

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Fitting In

One of the parents who often helps chaperone my son’s sixth-grade class sent me some digital photos of him today from their Chinese New Year celebration at the art gallery in the village. (In case you hadn’t heard, we are … Continue reading

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For My Own Good

I met my new doctor this afternoon, down at UVM’s FAHC. Not that I actually want a doctor; I’m one of those people, men I guess is another word for them, who might stop by the hospital if, say, an … Continue reading

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Upd8s

Cleaning off the top of the refrigerator today, I found an article in last month’s food issue of the weekly paper about Bill McKibben, the author I went downtown to see last Friday. It says that last winter, as a … Continue reading

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Danish Fimboe? Venezuelan Beaver Cheese?

The December issue of the Onion Skin came in the mail today, newsletter of the food co-op downtown. I don’t mean to be spreading stereotypes, but the main story on the centerfold pages? Preparing and Shipping Your Gift of Vermont … Continue reading

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