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July 24th, 2014

George Shuman

A Wonderful Diversity

Our family is a very diverse one. I suppose, these days, with all the traveling people do, and with our society’s total absorption into social media, and because of other factors I don’t even realize are happening, most families are more diverse than they might have been years ago. “We are,” in many respects, not only “what we eat,” as they used to...

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It’s Picnic Time!

  Well, I waited all winter for this, and it’s finally here! Picnic time! In some ways I can’t believe it, because only last week I took my snow shovel from under the carport and put it in the cellar, but it’s actually true. As most people know, winter here in Vermont is only separated from summer by about three minutes of spring-like weather,...

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Bitter-Sweet Changes

  “It’s a funny ol’ world, isn’t it?” (That happens to be my favorite Jack Sparrow quote, from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series.) Yes, Jack, I would agree that it’s a funny ol’ world. Unfortunately, at least to me, some of the ‘funniness’ isn’t all that funny, this year. You see, Friday, the week that this paper comes out, is the day...

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Thank You, Gary

If memory serves, and in this rare case, for me, it does, this particular edition of my column in The World is a very special one. The fact is, this writing marks a great demarcation, a stone-chiseled date, and a very important anniversary for me, if for no one else in the ‘world,’ so to speak. You see, this column is number five hundred and twenty...

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Where’s the Magic?

  There’s no magic in something that always works. I know that sounds a bit ridiculous, and maybe even unappreciative, but it’s true, at least to some people of my generation. Or, maybe I’m the only one who thinks this way. I don’t know. So, for some of you, who have grown up in a society where ‘stuff’ just usually does what it’s supposed to d...

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Not Bugged by the First Bug

  Yesterday afternoon I was briefly entertained, by a fly. I know, I need to get a life. But this fly was a special fly, as it was the very first house fly I had seen alive since before the winter of 2013 ice age occurred, here in Vermont. He or she, I’m not sure which gender the fly was, or even why I said he or she, was just leisurely walkin...

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Why Don’t We?

  I pop popcorn… for squirrels… sometimes. I also save bread pieces, crumbled cookies, and other ‘delicacies’ to give them. You see, I have a squirrel feeder attached to a tree behind our house, and I just happen to like feeding the squirrels. Most people feed birds, and get annoyed when squirrels invade their bird feeders, but I h...

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To Share, or Not to Share… That is the Question

  Years ago I read, someplace, about a small but telling error in judgment, or at least in lack of forethought, on the part of my very favorite president. It seems that, if the story is true, Abraham Lincoln, as a youth, once cut two small pet doors into the bottom of an entrance door to his home. One pet door was larger than the other. The st...

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Common Areas

  I don’t often ‘do’ large malls. I’m not a hermit, I just don’t enjoy shopping, except for when I’m trailing around after my wife each Saturday, in our favorite local grocery store. Shopping for food is different, to me, than mall-roaming, and since I do most of the cooking at our home, it makes sense for me to buy the food with her. All I ne...

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The Phone Is… Dead

Dear Readers,     The words below were written to express a bit of simmering frustration with what I feel is our increasingly isolating, digital world. The tale is one of an exaggerated situation, on an imaginary day far in the future. At least, I think the situation is exaggerated and imaginary. Don’t take it too seriously. Thanks, in advance, for...

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