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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, the widow of Clarence Haskell who with his sons owned and operated Haskell’s Lumber yard on Route 5 in Bernardston. Among her … 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 surge in the direction of sexual balancing of human rights. That text, barely noting 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 — but we almost never got the Devil for doing what he made us do. We … 0

Beware birdwatching with the experts ... it can be embarrassing

Monday, November 12, 2012

Three pileated woodpeckers flew in a column tracing capital in their undulating flight. One pileated woodpecker at a time is a fair rarity, three is a bonus. That sighting was made several years ago in the course of a hike in Vermont. it was in the fall when … 0

Santa Claus, fire & an ancient tree

Thursday, December 6, 2012

W e got home from church on Christmas Day to find Santa Claus standing on our chimney. From the top of our hill, half a mile away, before we plunged into the valley, we could see him clearly. It was only a glimpse, but enough to persuade us … 0

Voice of Audubon

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mary Curley had the form and grace of a scrub woman. Her family was what old American gentry used to call “lace-curtain Irish.” Mary Curley rose above impoverished beginnings. She put herself through two years of required “normal school” to earn a teaching certificate, eventually finding a position … 0

Said & Done

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The only thing worse than getting egg on your face is having to eat crow at the same time. Max Zeller once saved us from that embarrassment. You probably did not know Max Zeller. He’s no longer in the land of the living. His kindness years ago is … 0

He lived & died alone, by choice

Thursday, August 1, 2013

When the men in town buried him, they put his meerschaum in the casket with him. Some time in the first quarter of the last century, he came to that small rural town and built a three-room cabin. We saw it before it burned down. It was neat … 0

My name is down for all today’s events

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Editor’s note: An incomplete version of this column ran last month. Here is the complete column. “Full Program”  Great Britain, Punch, 1946 My name is down for all today’s events, the hurdles and the sprints. I’ll not stick at the hundred meters flat, the half-mile dash; I’ll take … 0

To hell in a handbasket? ... why not?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The character who coined the expression “going to hell in a hand-basket” probably thought of himself as a clever fellow, a linguistic tap-dancer. All we can say is that if hell was his preoccupation, we hope his basket was a single seater. Let’s face it. Given a choice … 0