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August 30th, 2014

Reiss’s Pieces

Reiss’s Pieces

One day after my 74th birthday, I woke up and started to think about half the people I knew in Waitsfield who had lost tons of weight. Here I was in my 75th year, still grossly overweight, and I started to think about my death and how my children and grandchildren were going to be able to fit me into a coffin. So I decided that I, too, would try th...

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  I have so many little things that I want to share with you, but they’re not big enough to write a column about. So, I’ve decided I’ll give you the little snippets. First, I want you to know that my cats, at least Yul, is what is known in the family as a “free-range” cat. I’m sure you might be wondering what a “free-range” cat is. Our explana...

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  I always thought that my Grandma Bragdon probably saw more changes in her world than anyone I could imagine. She was born a few years after the civil war, can you imagine? And she died in 1967. So what changes did she see and learn to live with? Well, for one thing, she wore long skirts, heavily corseted underwear and heaven only knows what...

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  When you go to the movies, do you ever wonder what happened to those old movies that were all singing and dancing and everyone ended up happy? And all those old wonderful actors and actresses whose pictures you had on your bedroom wall because they were so wonderful! Well, they are definitely a thing of the past. No longer can you leave the...

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Watching T.V. these days is bad enough, but if you watch the news, it is like watching and listening to a scary fiction novel! It’s bad enough that the world seems to be deteriorating and fighting amongst themselves, but how about what seems to be happening here in our country? I am not sure that good news or uplifting news was ever the main topic...

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  One of my favorite old fairy tales is the one about the old farmer who goes to a wise man for advice because of how small his house is. The wise man tells him to move all his cows into the house. After a week the farmer goes back to the wise man and complains that the house is now smaller than ever. The wise man tells him to go home and move...

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  I decided that because I have been so upset about taxes, etc., it is time to write something that is a little lighter! And because I haven’t told you any cat or dog stories, it is about time. Now, I can’t remember if I ever told you abort our Yul’s adventures or not. If I did, here it goes again, and if I didn’t, you will hardly believe it....

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  After I had ranted and raved about our property taxes and how they were affected by our local schools, I decided to look into colleges. Well, if you thought I was upset and shocked with our property taxes, let me tell you about colleges and how much it will cost to send our babies to further their education. Now keep in mind, all of our youn...

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  I am going to do something today that in the 30+ years I have been writing to you, I have never done before! And before I begin, let me explain to you why. A few months ago, I was talking to a friend about the best recipe in the world to make for a group of friends, or if you have to take a dish to a school or church supper. And of course, s...

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    If there is one thing that drives me crazy these days, it is taxes! Now I want you to know that I know absolutely nothing about how much we have to pay, but I do know that for us, the amount of property taxes we have to pay is impossible. When we bought our house 47 years ago, our property tax was $300. Again, I am not a complete dope...

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