Lots of people come to Vermont “to get away from it all,” but few get away quite like Jeanne and Hugh Joudry, who’ve been spending summers atop Stratton Mountain for thirty-two years, first as fire wardens and then as caretakers for the Green Mountain Club. Between their stints as firewatchers from 1968 – 1979 […]
The Writing Life
For me, Living in Place is all about the writing life, and it’s pretty great, especially since the invention of the web, which allows me to connect with readers without even having to get dressed. But the tension between the need for solitude and the pitfall of loneliness is real. There are even days when […]
Searching for My Keys
If I’m lucky, I might still have a third of my life left in the tank, so I’m annoyed that I squander so much of this time searching for my keys. Whenever I can’t find them, I have painfully memories of laughing at my mother, whose every sortie from wherever she was started with a […]
Hello, Tooth Fairy!
Losing a tooth at age six is exciting; losing one at age sixty is not. At age six, the tooth-gapped smile is a sign of maturity. Those front teeth, once the suspected source of infant irritability, are celebrated as they wiggle free. At six, the improbable saw-toothed permanent teeth emerge into the double-wide gap like […]
What a difference a day makes!
What a difference a day makes! Sunday, the sun shone, the snow receded like an outgoing tide. Hundreds of robins landed to inspect the newly revealed field. Between morning and night, the garden gate was liberated from snow, the log pile emerged, so work toward next winter’s wood […]
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