xiii, 225 p. ; 20 cm.
The columns in this book all appeared in the Burlington Free Press between 1989 and 2003, with the exceptions of the following longer essays which appeared in the Boston Globe between 1993 and 2002: "Now that the cows are gone"; "Losing the library"; "Why the Green Mountains turn red"; "Of memory and hope"; "Untethered in Spain, set free on Route 66"; "Talking then, talking now"; and "The ladies' room just inside tomorrowland." In addition, "A person can learn a lot from Ian Freeman" is being published for the first time.
The yellow house on the corner of Quaker Street -- Now that the cows are gone -- Sowing the seeds with a little sprout -- That roof didn't collapse : it's a home improvement project -- Love blooms over the septic tank -- Scenic barn is really a biohazard -- Dead cluster flies serve as window insulation for the inept -- City slicker gets a taste of country marketing -- Theater, on stage and off, inspires young actress -- Two types of writing -- The center of town -- Losing the library -- Walk the postal route with a mailman to get to know the town -- It's the cream cheese brownies that bring out the vote -- The slowest driver in Vermont -- Vermont has changed-but not its people X -- Life, liberty and plenty of Charmin -- Meetings messy by necessity -- Village's center starts in aisle one -- The school-playgrounds and classrooms -- Drama lives in preschool Oz odyssey -- It's not easy to be a kid -- The thrill, the stress, the joy of the race -- Isaac and Gus survive girl world -- Inspiring teachers make education worth every penny -- Will sleeping beauty wake for school? -- A crush on your teacher is no excuse to act like a geek -- Don't believe all you read : the kids are all right -- A person can learn a lot from Ian Freeman -- The local wildlife -- Surly cow displays no remorse -- Dead bat duty draws the line -- Town's all atwitter about Rosie -- It's not mind over matter-it's mind over manure -- The case of the curious crustacean -- An old cat's name alone conjured wondrous memories -- The green-and then spectacularly yellow and red-mountains -- Why the Green Mountains turn red -- Vermont ready to be mired in spring -- Spirits live at Bartlett's swimming hole -- The Vermont woods look different without any leaves -- Snow colors Vermont in beauty -- Cheating death in the ap-gap -- Sugarers signal end of winter -- Select numbers show a changing Vermont -- A church with a weathervane atop the steeple -- A fender bender with baby Jesus? -- Clouds can't hide the sun on a spiritually bright Easter morning -- Faith gives a child serenity -- Marriage weds love to laughter --- Thank you, friend, for guiding me deeper into my faith -- The cemetery -- Of memory and hope -- A passing of history and hospitality -- An elegy for the state's finest Red Sox fan -- How a family copes with loss : building love on little white lies -- Farmers Fletcher and Don Brown knew how to grow community -- A family's farewell to tiger -- Brief excursions away from Lincoln -- Untethered in Spain, set free on Route -- Flirtatious Minnie pulls up her hem -- Midlife crisis results in taking part in the weenie triathlon -- Rice pudding and French editor help novice cyclist survive -- A gardener can take pride in those $17 carrots -- Before books on tape there was mom -- At Denver's Gate B52 when the world was transformed -- Talking then, talking now -- Candy hearts would have bewildered Armenian grandparents --- On Mother's Day, grandmother briefly returned -- The ladies' room just inside Tomorrowland : a short story.
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