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Eight years ago, my husband and I planted 128 fruit trees on a hillside, mostly apples, but the back few rows included stone fruits. Our apples began producing with gusto after only a few years. We … more
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Driving out of town on Albany Avenue I was struck by the speed with which neighborhoods shifted before my eyes, from the handsomely rebuilt downtown to some of the saddest poverty … more
Grandchildren are the best! If you have any doubt about that just ask Meme, Cheryl Galipeau-Lettre. She has so much fun with her granddaughters it almost makes me jealous. I eagerly await the time … more
Early in September, thousands of Vermonters were shocked to discover that their personal information including, social security numbers, credit card numbers and driver license numbers had been stolen … more
In his remarks earlier this year before a Manchester audience, Ed McMahon, a nationally recognized town planner, quoted anthropologist Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of committed … more
For the 110 years from 1871 to 1981, Alabama never elected anyone to serve the state in the U.S. Senate who wasn't a Democrat. For much of that period, that was true throughout the South, a … more
"I had no idea that many men and women have served our country in our armed forces.""Ah, yes, you refer to Veterans Day facts and figures shared by the U.S. Census Bureau. Did you know there are … more
A few years ago, I started an observational experiment in forest succession on a couple of acres where we once pastured sheep and goats. Rocky and wet, without livestock it was hard to keep cleared. … more
The initial grand jury indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation have dropped like a box of rocks and include something called "Conspiracy against the United States." It sounds … more
I watch a lot of Netflix. In fact, I probably spend as much time watching Netflix as I do writing. You could even say that my preferred hobbies are Netflix and Quill. One thing I've noticed when … more
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