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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 woman, was Lady Florence Haskell. With no preliminaries, Mrs. Haskell said they were looking for a minister for Guilford’s church, an “interim” … 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 wind is passing by. — Christina Rossetti, Victorian poet Little boys in our town discovered … 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 his sins, The other, unrepentant, sits and grins. Of much corroding care I would be … 0

Birders ... in a limited sense

Thursday, October 4, 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

Said and Done 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Said & Done Paul Seamans We plow the fields and scatter The good seed on the land. And it is fed and watered By God’s almighty hand. He sends the snow in winter The warmth to swell the grain, The breezes and the sunshine And soft refreshing rain. … 0

Woodchucks: A cautionary tale

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Charlie Weeks, our New Hampshire neighbor, boasted one year that he had shot and killed more than 50 woodchucks that were stealing from his vegetable garden. Our faith in Charlie’s honesty thinned when Charlie added that he cooked and ate the animals that were robbing him. We have … 0

That bull, he’d seen it all before

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The first time we went to a county fair, we had a dollar to spend. Just what we spent it on, I don’t remember. I do remember that one of us spent a dime on a “chance” and it paid off. I have other memories of that fair, … 0

Said & Done: Life and foxes

Friday, September 6, 2013

The other day I ran over a chipmunk. It was not a small tragedy. It cost the animal its life. It has caused me considerable anguish. I still feel bad about it. I suppose you could say I hadn’t so much run over the chipmunk is that it … 0

Go where the wild geese go

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The best part of a trip to Boston is the drive back to Greenfield. Not that Boston lacks charm and attraction. It’s a fine place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Boston, or any other of our supersize cities, if … 0

A story of death, a story of life

Thursday, March 7, 2013

We pulled the car window down to witness an animal confrontation as funny as it was desperate. Two crows were doing their best to beat a squirrel out of an ear of corn. The squirrel was not to be intimidated. It had salvaged the corn from beneath snow … 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