Category Archives: Region

Dead Food

The other day, I came upon a list of Jell-O flavors that had been abandoned. It seems a good idea, to me at least, that the manufacturers did away with: bubble gum celery coffee cotton candy Italian salad maple syrup … Continue reading

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Goes Into

Early this morning, my wife had to get to the bus station 50 miles away in the big city (pop. 33,000); we left home at 5:30, a time when I’m often headed to bed. Before returning to the house I … Continue reading

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Thought for Today

“The rich were getting richer, the poor were getting poorer, small farmers were being squeezed out, workingmen were working twelve hours a day for a bare living; profits were for the rich, the law was for the rich, the cops … Continue reading

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I Should Talk…

My favorite grandniece (well, I only have one, I guess) celebrated her first birthday last Wednesday. Which surprised me — her parents run the most active child blog maybe in history, and I have heard so much about this kid … Continue reading

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Not From Around Here

My favorite geography joke comes from Eastern Pennsylvania. An Amish schoolteacher asks a boy “Where was Jesus born?” and Little Jakey (Amish boys in jokes are always named Jakey) answers, “It was in Allentown.” “No,” the teacher corrects him. “It … Continue reading

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Escape at Last

I was starting to lose hope, but I actually got out of VT today, for the first time in 2006. Rented a Ford Fusion (which I’d never heard of) with about 3600 miles on it, and added 371 more on … Continue reading

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Backwoods Style

The March Esquire came in the mail today, the ‘Style 2006’ issue, which means that I immediately tossed out about 45% of the 238 pages. I like to tear up magazines while I read them (unless, of course, I’m in … 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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If you are a climate scientist reading this hundreds of years in the future, wondering what the weather was like in this part of the world hundreds of years ago… it snowed all day. Or most of it, anyway. Actually, … Continue reading

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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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