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Hopeful Strings

In the night, the cold moves in. The evening before, returning after work in Vermont’s “big city” of Burlington, the frogs chirped, and the air, drenched with a heavy rain, was suffused with the hummus-y scent of soil and leaves … Continue reading

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Running Away

James Joyce’s “The Dead” is one of my favorite short stories, with that remarkable line about falling snow general all over Ireland. In my corner of Vermont, these days, the sentiment generally is enough with the snow for this year. … Continue reading

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Hardwick, VT, Sign of Spring #5

Hope: the odd collection of dyed eggs, the resurrection, glimmers of green clovers in yet-brown fields, birdsong. Cold and warm rains, wiggling earthworms, rivulets of melting snow, winter bud on lilacs. “Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in … Continue reading

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When my daughter was four, she went through a period when she wanted the same handful of books read aloud each night. One of these books was Peter Spier’s ornately drawn picture book without words about Noah’s ark. The book … Continue reading

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Hope Springs

Some unexpected events in our thawing patch of Vermont: dinner guests of chatting children eating grilled eggplant and chicken wings, with gusto exquisitely beautiful poems read at the Galaxy Bookshop last night – and adult companionship, too clouds of frog eggs, … Continue reading

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April Showers Bring….

Sometimes all day, days, rain falls, writes poet Janisse Ray. Waiting for the school bus this morning at the driveway’s bottom, with the robins and redwing blackbirds silent, and not even a solitary crow winging its way through the mist, the … Continue reading

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