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Jessie Raymond: The (hand)writing is on the wall

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



One day a few years ago I found myself holding a tattered piece of paper embellished with mysterious writing.

The words, one or two per line, appeared to be in code. English? Perhaps. But I couldn’t make out what they said. Was this a ransom note? A warning? The secret formula for Coca-Cola?

Well, no, actually. It was my grocery list.

I had jotted the items down earlier in the week. But none of the words looked familiar. The lines rambled like the path of an inebriated beetle in the throes of a Charley horse.

I squinted at it.

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Around the Bend: Frivolous shopping trip unravels

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



Being both a homebody and a tightwad isn’t always as fun as it sounds.

Last Saturday, for instance, I had to run an errand in Essex. Two hours of driving for a one-minute chore seemed like a terrible reason to leave the house. It took all my powers of positive thinking — plus persistent glares from my family members —  to convince me to look at the drive as an opportunity. I’d make a day of it and have some fun in a busy part of Vermont I normally avoid.

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Out and About: Twist O' Wool Guild

Posted on February 5, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Jessie Raymond



In November, I announced in this blog space that I would be making more of an effort to go to at least a few of the many interesting events I come across as the community calendar editor at the Addison Independent. I hoped to attend one event every 1-3 weeks.

I was so naïve back then.

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Jessie Raymond: Feelings mixed about precipitation

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



If this were a typical Vermont winter, I’d be reaching my breaking point right about now. By January I start to feel like people are going out of their way to annoy me by, for example, cutting me off in traffic or being married to me. I can’t help it; it’s hard to be pleasant when it’s dark all the time and I can no longer maintain a core body temperature above 90 degrees.

But this winter has hardly been typical.

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Airborne

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



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TIGER FRESHMAN EMILY Laframboise leaps during her performance on the balance beam during the Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team’s meat with U-32 on Tuesday evening.

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Jessie Raymond: A billion reasons to skip the lottery

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



In case you were wondering, I didn’t win the U.S. Powerball jackpot last night.

That’s no big surprise, given that the odds of winning were one in 292,201,338. The chances of me being attacked by a shark — in Vermont, yesterday — were exponentially higher.

But the main reason I didn’t win is that I didn’t play.

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Jessie Raymond: One weird fact: Online info false!

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Recently a Facebook friend of mine shared a terrifying post, ostensibly written by her cousin’s co-worker, about a dangerous new car-jacking trend. The incident in question happened to the friend’s cousin’s co-worker’s daughter in a Walmart parking lot and, the post warned, it could happen to you.

The poor young woman came out of the store and got in her car. When she checked her mirror to back up, she noticed a sale flier tucked under the rear wiper. So, with the car running, she got out to remove the flier.

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Jessie Raymond: Police encounter ends life of crime

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



When I saw flashing blue lights in my rearview mirror one evening last week, I pulled over to let the cop go past.

But instead of flying by, he pulled in right behind me.

My first thought: Not this again.

I’m not proud to say it, but I have a history of run-ins with the law.

There was that time the summer after high school graduation when I got pulled over for going 35 in a 25 mile-per-hour zone. The officer let me off with a warning.

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Jessie Raymond: Decking the halls is no easy task

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



For Christmas this year, I’m planning to decorate our front porch with a garland and white lights. I don’t even have the garland yet, and already I’m second-guessing my plan.

Doubt started creeping in the moment I pulled the lights out of storage. The five strands I had placed, separately, into a box last January came out bundled together in a giant ball. What’s worse, when I finally got them untangled, I found that only one strand worked.

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Play on

Posted on November 23, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



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LOCAL ACTOR CHRISTOPHER Ross rehearses “The Varieties of Romantic Experience: An Introduction” at the Town Hall Theater last week. The one-man show was written by Middlebury College professor Rob Cohen.

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