Category Archive for: ‘Everyday’

  • Surly Ogre

    Ride on a Dirt Road

    I grew up with a bike on a dirt road in rural Vermont. It was in the days preceding “play dates” and “soccer moms” and the thousands of miles today’s parents put on minivans, transporting children here and there on a schedule that’ll make your …

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  • Gorge Brook

    A Return to the Mountain

    From where I grew up in Bradford, Vermont, the twin peaks of Mt Moosilauke, with bare rock slides stretching down the mountain’s west-facing flanks, always drew my gaze. As a teenager I hiked to the summit on a handful of occasions, but I haven’t been …

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  • crocus

    A Two-Week Delay

    Everything seems to be about 2 weeks late this spring. The return of the peepers, the emergence of leaves on the maples, the apple and cherry blossoms – all were delayed after the long, cold winter. Late as well were the flowers from the 60 …

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  • mukluks

    Northwoods Textures

    Spring had arrived two days prior to our drive to visit Meghann in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. We found little evidence of the change of seasons except perhaps thermometer readings that were climbing to the upper 20’s along with lingering light at the end of the …

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  • fresh snow

    Baby It’s Cold Outside

    Marion spotted the first returning robin on March 2nd. Mornings are beginning to fill with bird songs. The days are noticeably longer. The temperatures, however, haven’t budged much since January. Single digits to teens below zero persist into the weeks when we’re normally boiling sap …

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