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October 24th, 2017

George Shuman

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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The Lawn Mower

I know I’ve mentioned in the past that I don’t particularly like mowing my lawn. I don’t particularly like snow blowing more, but mowing is not something I ever look forward to. You may love mowing grass, and if so I’m happy for you. I do it, but I would just rather not. About a week ago I bought a new mower, on sale, at ‘Stuffmart.’ I decided that...

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The Wonderful Land of August

  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 be, you have been to this beautiful place of sun and fun many times before. (That is unless you are a child prodigy, the likes of which the world has never seen, and you are read...

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This Old House

By G. E. Shuman My family and I live in a big old, (emphasis on old) Dutch Cape house. When we bought it, it was not supposed to be a ‘fixer-upper’. Regardless of that, I feel like I have been ‘fixing-er-up’ since the day we moved in, thirty-three wonderful years ago. The house is a sturdy old place, with its thick hardwood woodwork, hand carved st...

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On Being Blessed

By. G. E. Shuman I’d like to know what you feel the real meaning of being ‘blessed’ is. I know what it means to me, but I have no idea what it might mean to you. You know, we use that word ‘blessed’, very casually sometimes. At least I know I’m guilty of doing that. In that regard, the word is like the word love. I love my wife and all my family me...

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Got the Time?

By G. E. Shuman I want to tell you about a small thing, a coincidence, if you will. It is something that happened to me, a few weeks ago. I’m not sure if it’s worth telling you about or not, but it looks like I’m going to anyway. Truthfully, in this small coincidence, I think someone was ‘trying to tell me something,’ as they say. That someone must...

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