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July 21st, 2019

George Shuman

Column by George Shuman

Last Wednesday, July 10th, to be exact, my wife and I were traveling back from a very short visit to Central Maine. We were driving along route 2, through New Hampshire, when we happened to drive by a newly solemn and reverenced spot in Randolph. The place was nothing special, except for the hundreds of American flags and the seven large white cros...

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A Visit from Mom

By G. E. Shuman For the past week, my family and I have been enjoying a summer visit from my mom. Mom stays with us for a week or so each summer and then moves on to Maine to visit two of my sisters and their families who live there. This time of year, she flies to the North from her home in sunny Florida, avoiding both that state’s very hot summer...

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Birds, Bees, and Dandelions

By G. E. Shuman So, several days ago my nearly three-year-old granddaughter Nahla and I went on a great explore up the sidewalk of a nearby street. We do this often on sunny spring and summer days. Nahla dons her bunny, which is a stuffed toy that she wears on her back. The bunny has little straps that buckle at Nahla’s front and a long one with a...

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Things to Come!

By G. E. Shuman Okay! It looks like spring and summer may finally be upon us here in the lovely state of Vermont. After waiting only six or seven months, (sorry if that sounded snide) the grass is finally green, the leaves are out, bees and lawnmowers are buzzing around, and my family is actually planning a day at the beach. Wow! I love this time o...

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Winter’s End

By G.E. Shuman The snow is still falling in this world of white and ice And temps are quite low, which always makes things nice For fuel bills to soar as high as an eagle While wild winds howl like a lovesick beagle. * (*Sorry… had to rhyme with eagle.)   It’s difficult to live where it simply keeps snowing Sometimes until May, when the long j...

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The Diamond Story

By G. E. Shuman              Sometimes we can be shown a truth and witness a lesson to be learned about some big thing we are going through, because of some smaller incident or observation that we experience. These things become object lessons from real life; they are parables that are more than stories, but real-life evidence that the bigger thing...

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There will be Martians!

By G. E. Shuman For my entire life, at least the entire part of it that I can remember, I have been interested in and following our country’s space programs. I have always been amazed at our ever-increasing ability to explore other worlds, with landers and rovers and space-borne telescopes and cameras. I have loved following the manned missions. I...

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My Engagement Story

Dear Readers, Please allow me to introduce a good friend and fellow English teacher and writer. Her words here express the spirit of Valentine’s Day better than I ever could. I hope that they might inspire you to do something special, something spectacular for the one you love, in this special season of love. G. E. Shuman My Engagement Story By Amb...

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What a Day Will Bring

By G. E. Shuman So, I was staring at my face in the bathroom mirror this morning, getting ready to shave, after my morning shower. The mirror is the same one I have looked into for the past thirty-five years or so. The face, not so much. Either that or that mirror has really deteriorated over the years. It must be a matter of muscle memory that I u...

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Here We Are Again, Already

By G. E. Shuman I was writing this column for the paper the other day and told you how amazed I was that the holidays were over, and that another year had already passed. We talked a few moments, you and I, about how we would now need to practice writing another number for the year, and I know I said it would take a while for me to stop writing ‘la...

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