Tag Archives: Bohjalian

A Ferris wheel is still food for the soul

A couple of years ago, Chris Ashby, director of operations at the Champlain Valley Exposition, saw three boys peering longingly through a fence at the Champlain Valley Fair. He guessed the kids were 8 or 9 years old. On the … Continue reading

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A little too much like life: Aging and the approaching end to Idyll Banter

  In one of the last weeks of my father’s life — though we had no idea at the time that he would be leaving us shortly as a result of a burst blood vessel in his brain — he … Continue reading

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To understand Vermont, look to Georgia. . .the dog.

If you really want to understand Vermont, spend a little time with Georgia. Georgia is a 65-pound pit bull and chocolate Lab mix — a classic rescue mutt — with a wattle under her neck that could double as a … Continue reading

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The Goodyear house is heading home

Finding an 1880 Vermont farmhouse, fully intact, smack in the middle of the road just never gets old. Watching it on a flatbed truck ascend a 13 percent grade? Even better. Such was the nail-biting theater here in Lincoln last … Continue reading

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The ‘Mockingbird’ that might have hatched — but didn’t. A review of ‘Go Set a Watchman.”

Unless you have been living under a rock — or in self-imposed isolation with Boo Radley — you have probably watched the ballyhooed publication of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” last week. Barnes & Noble hasn’t released the actual … Continue reading

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What’s in store for Vermont? Ask the store owner.

Vaneasa Stearns, owner of the illustrious Lincoln General Store here in Lincoln, Vermont, has been in this column a lot over the 23 years I have been writing Idyll Banter. Her most recent appearance that was more than a mere … Continue reading

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‘Jaws’ turns 40. Time to go for a swim.

Earlier this month I gave a speech on Cape Cod, and I was struck by how much the elbow of the peninsula has fallen in love with the great white shark. In Chatham, there was a display of wooden sharks … Continue reading

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