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June 26th, 2016

George Shuman

Choices

By G. E. Shuman One evening last week I had a great phone conversation with one of my five favorite adult children. (I have five adult children, and they are all my favorites.) Cathy occasionally calls me on a weekday evening, when her busy day is winding down, and mine is doing the same. I love conversations and meetings with all of my children, a...

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A Message from Your Very Recent Past

By G. E. Shuman When you read this in the paper, you will learn that you and I, right now, from both of our perspectives, are actually in two different times. We aren’t in two different time zones, not unless you live further west than do most of my readers. We are, literally, in two different times. You see, you, as you live and breathe in the day...

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Stringing Popcorn

By G. E. Shuman When I was a child, a long time ago, in a galaxy far away, many things were different than they are today. That statement seems to go without saying, but I still said it. The world has changed so much since then. Traditions, celebrations, and even seasonal decorations are not the way they once were. I’m not sure if such changes are...

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You Will Not Hear It Fall

By G. E. Shuman Something is coming to New England, in a very short time. We receive it every year, and if it has not arrived by the time this issue of the World is published, don’t worry. It will be here soon enough. You probably are already aware that the ‘something’ I’m referring to here, is snow. Snow first appears in the North, each late fall...

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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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