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Birdseye View
     "Want to climb it?"      Silly question. Back then we wanted to climb everything. That was some 30 years ago. Gwenne and I were on our way to visit family, driving east into Vermont on Rt. 4. We were running a little early with plenty of time to bolt u...

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Self Serve
          "The nose knows when it has found a member of the                   onion tribe."                                                        - Euell Gibbons      That line from Stalking the Wild Asparagus came to mind as we pulled into the woods. Even...

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The Name is Hollow...Black Hole Hollow
      Blame it on the tilt of the Earth's axis (23.5 degrees in case you're wondering). In late fall, daylight hours grow short and evening darkness settles early. Last time I checked farming was still married to natural cycles (although I've heard rumors o...

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The Facts of Life
     "To know him is to love him." - Phil Spector      Hmmm...I'm not so sure. Seems like there's one "him" we're getting to know and finding hard to love. Still, the 1958 song  by the Teddy Bears (really their name!) has a sweet sentiment. And the idea tha...

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0 for 3?
     Some think this business of being a naturalist is a walk in the park. They picture retired school marms "Oh-ing" and "Ah-ing" over some dainty botanical specimen. Or birders who see whole life-lists fly by every time they raise their Hubble powered bin...

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Mr. Mosher's Neighborhood
     Howard Frank Mosher has been on my "To Read" list for a long time. Unfortunately, it took his passing (January 29, 2017) to move to the top. I was doing the evening milking when a Vermont Public Radio program celebrating the life of the late author cam...

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Gifted
      Ground Hog Day is still a week away, but one furry critter has already peeked out of his hole. That would be me. I tend to hunker down towards the end of the year. Lie low and let the holiday mayhem pass over. Both gift giving and receiving make me qu...

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Oaks and Emburys
"When they go low, we go high." - Michelle Obama      Maybe we needn't tell Barack, but it's no secret that I'm quite smitten by his wife, the First Lady. Her wit, style and spunkiness are the initial attraction. Then, as you get to know her better, you see...

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Curious in Cambridge
      You were probably wondering, "If you lined up all the stonewalls in New York and New England, would they reach to the Moon?" And had you been at a recent Curiosity Forum program you'd know the answer. Yes! The Moon orbits at an average distance of 238...

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Jerry Jenkins & The Northern Forest Atlas
     Hay, corn and cows. These and a certain by-product you get when you feed hay and corn to cows have kept me occupied all fall. Plus there's the matter of deciding where in Canada to relocate after the election. Ok - stale joke - I know. Besides, who wan...
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