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October 20th, 2014

George Shuman

The First of October

  I’m sitting here, in my recliner, in my home, in near disbelief, as the sun sets outside my window, on this first day of October, 2014. Truly, as I opened up this old laptop the first thing this morning, I found the startling news nearly impossible to believe, that it was already the first day of this new, cooler, if prettier month. I’m sure...

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Discovering Life on a Green Planet

I know how strange this probably sounds, but I truly believe that I have recently discovered life on a planet. I really have. I’m not exaggerating, lying, fibbing, or fantasizing. The fact that the planet I recently discovered life on happens to be the one you live on, does not make the discovery untrue… at least it doesn’t for me. You see, I...

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By Any Other Name

Dear Readers,   Just for the sake of variety, I sometimes submit a poem for use in my column space. Variety is the spice of life, as they say, and I do want to keep my column ‘spicy.’ Lately, living has consumed every second of my life, (I guess it has to) and I have had no time for writing new poems. Here is one I published about a year ago. If yo...

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B.T.S.

I won’t keep you in suspense. The letters ‘BTS’ are a bit of old retail jargon for the selling season of ‘back to school.’ I know this, as I am an old retail jargon person. I don’t know if the letters BTS are still used in that industry to abbreviate the words back to school, but I think that they probably are. Why would they not be? In retail, as...

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Happy New Year!

  For most adults, unless you happen to be of a similar profession to mine, the new year begins, each and every year, on the first day of January. Not so, in some ways, for the millions of children in our country, and for their teachers. For them, the new school year, whatever day it starts for them, is a much bigger event than some snowy day...

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The Wonderful Land of August

  Dear readers: This column will make more sense if you read it after August 1st. Feel free to read it now, but read it again then. (That way I get to visit with you twice.)   Well, fellow travelers, here we are again. For any who are unaware, we have all just arrived in the wonderful land of August. If you’re reading this, which you must...

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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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