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Column: When truths collide


After a prolonged and dream-like fall, the early sun lit up fields rimed with frost. I checked the flower barrels outside our bedroom window...

Column: In praise of the unpaved road


Each year, as August yields to September, my thoughts turn to road repair. We live on the top of a hill and at the end of dirt road nearly a mile...

Column: You don’t want to lie, not to the young


A few days ago my 5-year-old granddaughter opened her hand, revealing a stone, and asked, “Is this quartz?” We were on a hike that included her...

Column: Whose woods these aren’t


On a long walk through deep woods you rarely think about property lines, but a logging project on your own land will bring them into sharp focus...

“When will we go back to normal?” This has been the question we’ve all contemplated since the moment we realized we were staring into the maw of a...

Column: Looking at logging a little differently


For good reasons, some people hold a dim view of commercial logging. The stumps and slash left behind create a careless and raw look. Logging...

Column: Startled by a sudden and profound beauty


Shortly before 7 on an early November morning, I stood up from my desk and witnessed a startling sight. High over my desk a picture window faces...

Column: Zooming through the loneliness of isolation


At some point last spring — I believe it was early May — I realized that the pandemic was more than a lurking beast just outside my door, and I...

Try to picture this scene: a mid-July afternoon at the tail end of a heat wave and I am driving on Vermont Route 14 with the White River running...

Column: Of black bears and old fools


Through May into June, one of the threads running through the Strafford Listserv and local social media pages has been bear sightings, posts...

Column: Virtue of common decency


Protests and unrest following the May 25 killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis dominate our national consciousness and push concern for...

I began thinking about these words I now write on the first day of spring, a date etched into the books since the invention of the Gregorian...

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