Tag Archives: Vermont

A great teacher sees the promise of September

The back-to-school sales fliers started arriving in our mailboxes back around the 4th of July, the scariest mail of the summer for students and teachers alike. And now the moment has arrived: for much of the world, classes have resumed. … Continue reading

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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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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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A good stylist gets inside your head, too

Don O’Connell has a serious issue with Charlie Brown’s friends. He is also, just for the record, not wild about any of the reindeer but Rudolph. “They’re bullies,” he observed of most of the Peanuts characters. “They treat Charlie Brown … Continue reading

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