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Said & Done: Paul's 'troika' Thanksgiving

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Nobody in these parts has ever seen a “troika.” New Englanders with memories can conjure up pictures of horse teams of two: Harry and Tom in harness hauling a wagon or a sled. Even today, in these rural parts we occasionally see teams in action along our country roads. But a troika, three horses abreast, is a Russian thing, never … 0

Said & Done: Miss Curley was a gifted storyteller

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Mary Curley was a young Boston girl of Irish descent. She was a graduate of a two-year college. She was not a candidate for a Ph.D., but she was an enthusiastic teacher, and her junior-high school pupils adored her. Miss Curley taught at a time when schoolroom desks were no longer screwed to … 0

Said and Done: Turtle tales worth the telling

Thursday, August 6, 2015

For a good many years Ruth Cook rules the roost in Gill’s Town Hall. Ruth Cook was a modest old lady, who would never have thought of herself as a “roost - ruler.” Fact is that nothing with a dollar sign attached, no property transfer, no bridge in need of repair, no right-of-way, moved without her notice. She worked for the Selectmen, and … 0

Said & Done: Do you know your birds and bees?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In the town of Fonda in New York State, there are deep pits in the side of a hill. If you work at it, you can scrape and scrabble in the earth around those pits and scratch up … 1

Be inspired or panic, but at least look

Thursday, June 4, 2015

At the height of a tumultuous blow at sea, I asked a “regular” navy man how he felt when he first experienced rough weather. He looked at me to see if I was pulling his leg. When he … 0

Said & Done: God keeps his eye on us, too

Thursday, April 2, 2015

“God’s eye is on the sparrow And I know He thinks of me.” — Sunday Church theme: The Guilford, Vt., Church It was a pleasant August Sunday afternoon. I was out mowing the lawn. A car pulled up and emptied itself of several women. The leader, a determined … 0

Said & Done: Here comes the wind, rejoice!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you. But when the leaves hang trembling The wind is passing through. Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I. But when the trees bow down their heads The … 0

Caught in the spell

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

“Within my earthly temple there’s a crowd, There’s one of us that’s humble, one that’s proud. There’s one who loves his neighbor as himself, The other cares for naught save fame and self. There’s one who’s brokenhearted for … 0

Said & Done: Of mice and bears and things that go SNAP!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Years before we retired, we made elaborate plans for our “going-away” present. Laurie and I had long been “into fishing,” so we were determined to take the best guided fishing trip available to the amateur sportsman. We consulted … 0

Said & Done: Some hunting dogs get lost, others just take off

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Halfway between Brattleboro and Bennington, somewhat north of the Molly Stark Trail, there stands a dead pine tree. It is not alone. It is distinguished, however, by a weathered board bearing this notice: “Lost — beagle hunting dog.” A telephone number (Worcester) tells where to be in touch … 0

Said & Done: A Monhegan Island exploration

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Said & Done this week is written on the occasion of the writer’s 92nd birthday. A year ago, sister Caroline and best friend Poesy Barlow treated me to a saltwater trip from Bar Harbor to Monhegan Island off … 0

Said and Done: Can a woodchuck swim? Sure!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

According to notes we have here on the building of the Quabbin Reservoir, the main dam was plugged in the summer of 1939 with an immediate effect on the trapped waters of the Swift River. People in the … 0

God’s eye is on the sparrow

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

“Why do I feel discontented? Why must the shadows fall? God’s eye is on the Sparrow! And I know He thinks of me.” — Old revivalist hymn A year or so ago, Florence Haskell died. She was 90, … 0

Said & Done: Giving lady anglers their due

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The word “women” should have come before “worms” and “world records.” We found “worms” without difficulty, but search as we would, we uncovered nothing under “women.” Our encyclopedia, a massive collection of fishing facts, was published before the … 0

Said & Done: Rascals like us never looked back

Thursday, May 1, 2014

It was the Devil that made us do it. I refer to the fact that when the spring mood was on us, we skipped school. The funny part of it was the Devil really did have us by the tail, coercing us down the path to perdition — … 0