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September 16th, 2019

 

George Shuman

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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Please Don’t Miss This!

By G. E. Shuman You know, timing is everything, and mine is usually terrible when it comes to promoting local goings-on in this column. But, friends and neighbors, not this time. This time I have ample opportunity to announce and explain something that you really should get yourself to, in Montpelier, in about a week. And, this time, you also have...

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Curve Balls

By G. E. Shuman This one comes from the heart. It is personal, and will still seem a bit vague. That is intentional, and is an effort at privacy. The thing isÉas the old saying goes, at times, life really can throw you a curve ball. That analogy is of a ball coming at you that you cannot avoid, and of one that is impossible to hit with your bat. It...

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Becoming a Summer Time Traveler

By G. E. Shuman The subject of technology, both what I believe to be the good and not-so-good of it all, has been on my mind quite a bit lately. I will never be certain that our society’s headlong plunge, never looking back, into the world of cell phone apps, social media and cyberspace is a good thing. (Do they still call it cyberspace?) In some w...

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