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January 24th, 2018

George Shuman

It’s a Tad Chilly for Me

By G. E. Shuman So, recently my brother Steve, who lives in Florida and I were having a bit of a ‘climate’ contest, which went on for a few days. The contest went like this. Steve would text me a picture of his outdoor thermometer, and I would answer back with a picture of mine. Or, he would text with a comment on the weather down there, and I woul...

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Happy New Year! (From my point in time, to yours.)

By G. E. Shuman As I write this, I’m still in the old year of 2017; as strange as it seems to me that the year 2017 could be considered ‘old.’ Such are the ways of deadlines and calendars. Strangely, to you, where, and more importantly ‘when’ you are right now, that’s exactly what it is. The year I am in is a thing of the past to you; a vapor, and...

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Christmas, Simply

By G. E. Shuman I think that the only time I enjoy the dark and cold of this time of the year is in the evening, as Christmas approaches. I enjoy the ‘feel’ of our old home, as it battles the cold and shields us from everything outside. I like the warmth of an occasional fire in the fireplace, the glow of candles, and the lights of the Christmas tr...

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The Best of Fall!

By G. E. Shuman Someone told me recently that the warm weather we’ve had here in the North this fall confused the trees so that they didn’t give us a very pretty foliage season. I agree that it’s been unusually warm here; I just don’t know about the second half of his statement. I’m not really comfortable with the idea that trees can get confused....

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Powerless

By G. E. Shuman Most of us unsuspecting citizens in Central Vermont, Vermont in general, and in other New England states struggled through last week’s huge winds and power outages to some degree or other. It’s true that we do experience bad weather here in the North, but that doesn’t normally include 80 mile-per-hour winds. (I don’t remember seeing...

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Spooky!

By G. E. Shuman It is a distant memory, cold and old, dusted off now as a long-neglected, rediscovered book might be. It matters, somehow, that this nearly-forgotten evening happened within a mid-nineteen-sixties year. Perhaps it could be that the late autumn wind cooled and creaked the leafless, lifeless-looking trees even more then than now; agai...

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My Great Air Conditioner Ritual

By G. E. Shuman Our lives are filled with rituals. I’ve come to the conclusion that that’s just the way it is. Some of these rituals are intentional and cherished ones, like holiday traditions and church attendance, although church attendance should mean more than that. Some of our rituals, or oft-repeated happenings that become rituals, are much l...

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All Those Orange Witches

By G. E. Shuman I am not quite sure what’s going on, but all over Central Vermont something strange seems to be happening. If you live in our region, and if you drive a car, you may already know what I am hinting at here. It seems that, for some unknown reason, or at least it’s an unknown reason to me, just about every Central Vermont city, town, v...

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The Storms of Life

By G. E. Shuman “Into Each Life, Some Rain Must Fall.” Remember that old song? We all can see that in that title rain is depicted as a negative thing. (There’s nothing like a rain storm to ruin a day at the beach.) A seemingly opposite thought is expressed in the Bible, in the verse which says: “He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good...

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“To Every Thing There is a Season”

You are probably already aware of this, but the title above is the first six words of the Bible verse, Ecclesiastes 3:1-“To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven.” It is also the first seven words of the song Turn! Turn! Turn! by the group The Byrds, written somewhat later than The Bible was, and released in 1...

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