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April 18th, 2014

George Shuman

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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One Frozen Valentine

PHOTO: Shuman frozen valentine.jpg   Cool photo by Emily Shuman February can be a tough time of year, here in the North. Many people up here, including yours truly, are just tired of the chores of winter. There is only so much fun that can be gleaned from snow removal and wet gloves. We’re also tired of the people who tell us that it’s Vermont...

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The Spring Dreamer’s Guide to Seed and Story Sowing

  I was at Walmart the other day. You probably were too, just because almost everyone was probably at Walmart the other day. Everyone seems to wind up there eventually, and often it is fairly often.   Anyway, I was at Walmart the other day, and spent a few minutes daydreaming, or, more accurately, spring-dreaming, in the seasonal area of...

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Pellet Power

  If you enter our home anytime between the end of October and whatever month winter feels like releasing it’s cold grip on us, here in Vermont, you will hear a faint but unmistakable sound. That is, it will forever be unmistakable after you no longer mistake the sound for something else. At first, the sound seems to have the strange echo-y to...

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Right Around the Corner

  When I was a child, and when you were a child, summers seemed to last forever. Tell me if I’m wrong. A school year was painfully long, but summer break made up for it all. Each warm month off seemed like a year in itself, or seemed, at least, long enough so that, as we played in the sun, September was not even a thought until only days befor...

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The Guardian (a fanciful story)

  By G. E. Shuman   It has been many years since I first became guardian of this place, for these few weeks, at this magical time of the year. I have no idea of the number of those past years, and have failed at counting the long periods of rest and darkness in between the wonderful times of light. Those most recent eleven black months ar...

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It’s About Time

TOTALLY OPTIONAL PHOTO: Shuman clock guy.gif         The cheap, white plastic wall clock in our bathroom just died the other day. I think the reason is that it was just not designed to survive in a humid place like a bathroom. Go figure. I tried electro-shock, replacing the double-A Duracell in the clock, but it still only ran f...

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