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Jessie Raymond: Momentum lost after starting on top

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



Picture, if you will, a spinning top. When first released with a twist of the wrist, it whizzes around upright at high speed, describing tight circles, occasionally bouncing off nearby obstacles, but retaining most of its momentum.

As time goes on, however, the top slows, growing more and more wobbly until, tracing one last dramatic arc, it falls onto its side, spent.

The top is a metaphor. (To be clear: I’m the top.)

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Jessie Raymond: Holiday shopping tests a marriage

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



Two weekends ago, my husband Mark and I celebrated our 22nd anniversary. We spent the night at a cozy inn in Stowe, and we would have had a lovely time — if only we hadn’t pushed our luck. But on Saturday, we decided to go Christmas shopping. As a couple.

We hadn’t made that mistake in years.

Mark — a slow-moving, avid browser and generous spender — and I —a hermit and a miser (but really quite a hoot once you get to know me) — do not shop well together.

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Jessie Raymond: A Danish export worthy of support

Posted on December 8, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



Winter’s here, and it’s time to get your hygge on — unless you’re already wearing it.

Just kidding. Hygge is not an article of clothing. It’s a state of mind. In Denmark, at least.

Before we go into what hygge is, let’s talk about how it’s pronounced. It doesn’t sound like “higgy” or “high-ga” or “hig.” It sounds more like “heurgha,” as if spoken in the voice of the Swedish Chef from the Muppets.

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Jessie Raymond: Holiday baking not cookie-cutter work

Posted on November 23, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



These days I’m feeling, like much of the rest of the country, Decidedly On Edge. Luckily, we’re moving swiftly toward the holidays, when emotional comfort comes in several forms, a vital one being cookies.

I find making cookies kind of a drag; it’s a lot of creaming of butter, beating of eggs and routinely forgetting to take the final batch out of the oven until the smoke alarm goes off. You know how it is.

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Jessie Raymond: Clean closet, healthy mind ... briefly

Posted on November 10, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



What with the drama surrounding this year’s presidential election, the past week or so has had many of us on edge. But I’ve got it worse than you: Due to the Addy Indy print deadline, I’m writing this before Election Day.

You, at least, know how things turned out.

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Jessie Raymond: October: Folks, we have a winner!

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



An open letter to Vermont’s Best Month of the Year Award Committee:

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to nominate October for Best Month.

I know I should defend my birth month instead: “March is great. There’s nothing as uplifting as a heavy, wet snowstorm just when it seemed like spring was coming. And all that mud! When I wake up on a blustery March day, it feels good just to be alive.” But I just can’t.

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Jessie Raymond: Frightening message in a bottle

Posted on October 13, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



I learned something about myself last week: Water — or, more specifically, my glass water bottle — means a lot to me. Growing older is just one self-discovery after another, isn’t it?

I wasn’t always a big water drinker. But a decade or two ago, when certain corporations figured out that gullible consumers would pay for free water if it were sold in plastic bottles, I was like, “Hey, I’m a gullible consumer. Here’s my money.” I was hooked.

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Jessie Raymond: Painting proves to be a job with no end

Posted on September 29, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



It wasn’t supposed to be this complicated.

My husband has been working on our house, and it was time for me to do my part: the painting. It’s not because I’m the better painter; it’s because I hate painting slightly less than he does, and because it’s the only renovation-related work I can help with.

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Jessie Raymond: Aging appliance applying the heat

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



Our dishwasher has been acting up lately. One day, it works fine. The next day, about halfway through doing whatever it does (all the while making a sound like a 737 taking off), it goes silent, offering nothing by way of explanation beyond the “clean” light flashing endlessly off and on.

I know nothing about dishwashers, but I do know about the Internet. And the Internet said the flashing light means the dishwasher thinks the water isn’t hot enough. So it quits.

The water is plenty hot. The dishwasher is being a diva.

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Jessie Raymond: Daily life spawns personal Olympics

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



I always wanted to compete in the Olympics. A few things, however, worked against me, such as my family not having the money to send me to an elite training facility when I was younger. That and having no athletic ability beyond doing the Macarena are the two biggies.

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