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May 3rd, 2016

George Shuman

On Being Thankful

By G. E. Shuman November is a month, for some of us here in the north, of settling in, of staying put, and of thinking thoughts of the soon-coming winter. For me, any spare time in October was spent doing the chores which make November’s settling in possible, like getting air conditioners put away, leaky doors fixed, and windows locked up tight in...

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Snow Tires

By G. E. Shuman Dear Readers, I first published this column a few years ago, but it seems to be that time again. There are parts of the usual ritual of fall that I don’t really mind… and then there are snow tires. “Tucking in” for fall is just something I do every year; checking the house for leaks around the outside doors, removing window ai...

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Spooky!

By G. E. Shuman Dear Readers, this column is not new, in fact it is quite ‘old’; a dusty, dark, true tale from the past, that I have received compliments on in the past. I hope you enjoy it. 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 h...

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From The Page to the Stage

By G. E. Shuman The famous jazz musician, Miles Davis, is quoted as once saying: “Don’t play what’s there. Play what’s NOT there.” I was reminded of that admonition to the world of the fine arts as I was recently treated to Lost Nation Theater’s wonderful, comedic rendition of the classic thriller ‘Hound of the Baskervilles.’ Truthfully, on that Sa...

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A Note of Thanks to the Grill Thief

By G. E. Shuman I would like to say thank you, to whomever took the barbecue grill off my front porch a few nights ago. In doing so, you accomplished several things for me. Firstly, you have completely restored my faith in the unfailing ability of mankind to do, progressively, ‘stupider and stupider’ things. I have witnessed stupid things before, b...

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She Smiled at Me

By G. E. Shuman One day last week I was in my car, and happened to have just approached an intersection in downtown Barre, when something simple, but somehow profound, happened to me. Just as I was slowing to stop at the intersection, a young woman came around the corner of a building and headed down the sidewalk, facing toward me. This lady was pu...

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Cars Aren’t Much Fun Anymore

By G. E. Shuman My wife and I buy new cars. Actually, we lease them, we don’t buy them. For our purposes, leasing works better than buying. The payment is reasonable, and, even though there is that payment, there are no thousand-dollar surprises like there used to be so many times when we owned VERY used, un-warranted vehicles. I like that idea of...

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The $99 Cure

By G.E. Shuman Three weeks ago I went to my doctor for my semi-annual checkup, fix up, tune up visit. As I arrived at his office for the visit, it seemed like I had just left that place from the last one. Have you ever had that feeling? Time flies…especially lately. Over the years I have developed a good, casual relationship with this knowledgeable...

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What’s Between the Rocks?

By G. E. Shuman Once again, a few weeks ago, I had the wonderful good fortune of spending a day, (or two) depending on how much I think you need to know, at my favorite spot in the entire world. I seem to write about this place at least once each summer, so I guess this column will be that ‘once’, unless I have a chance to get back there before fal...

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STONE

By G. E. Shuman I always love opportunities to use this, my humble column, to promote things of cultural importance to The World’s many and discriminating readers. It is now my privilege to do just that, for the second time in a month, and I am very grateful. I hope you will read on. What I want to do here, this week, is to alert you to an opportun...

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