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Said and Done

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 kept an eye on anything and everything … 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 what in the geologists’ language are “Herkimer diamonds.” Some of these “diamonds” are double-terminated, pointed … 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 saw I was not, he gave me this answer: “Well,” he said, “I knew right … 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