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Jessie Raymond: One good goat deserves another

Posted on August 29, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



So we got another goat.

Kind of an odd choice for a family that has found one goat to be just slightly over their ideal Goats Per Household quotient.

But you can’t have just one goat, because goats are herd animals and want to be around their own kind. Years ago we took in three goats out of pity but now we’re down to one, and that’s a problem. Sure, Lucy’s been fine on her own this summer, but with winter coming we couldn’t bear the thought of her alone in the goat barn on long, cold, dark nights, with no one to play cribbage with.

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Jessie Raymond: Creative criminals liven up the news

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



The Addison Independenthas won awards for its local news coverage, striking photos and special sections.

Whatever.

Readers who want the most compelling combination of information and entertainment in this paper know where the real action lies: in the police logs. (Admit it: You go there.)

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Around the Bend: Disc golf throws players a curve

Posted on July 18, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last weekend my husband Mark and I spent two nights over in Warren, thus honoring our longstanding custom of getting away alone together once every 19 years. While there, we went tubing down the Mad River (easy), tried paddle boarding on Blueberry Lake (a bit more work) and, best of all, played disc golf at Sugarbush (nearly impossible).

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Jessie Raymond: My goat has a taste for finer things

Posted on June 20, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



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One recent morning, my husband, Mark, and I sat on the back porch with our feet up, drinking our coffee and enjoying some much-needed sunshine. A typical late spring scene, really.

Except, perhaps, for the goat.

Lucy, our one remaining goat, had trip-trapped onto the porch like she often does, to stare at us with her lazy yellow eyes. And smirk. She’s always smirking.

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Around the Bend: House cooling plans full of hot air

Posted on June 6, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last Saturday night, during a period of heat-induced delirium, I briefly reconsidered my longstanding opposition to air conditioning.

My inner stoic Vermonter says A/C this far north is a sign of weakness and a waste of money. True, I am not stoic by nature or a Vermonter by birth, but I still believe artificial cooling is for sissies. Just Saturday afternoon, in fact, I had been bragging to a friend that our bedroom is always cool enough for sleeping, even during heat waves.

I swear I never heard the minor piano chords threatening in the background.

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Around the Bend: Keeping it simple, the hard way

Posted on May 23, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



Seven years ago, my husband, Mark, and I impulsively bought an old farmhouse, with land and a couple of barns. We set out to fulfill our dream of “the simple life”: tending animals and growing our own food.

Yes, we are idiots.

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Jessie Raymond: The waiting game can take its toll

Posted on April 25, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



The other afternoon I found myself standing next to a lovely young woman. She wore a flowing ankle-length skirt and an expression of pure contentment. Her languid movements and placid countenance reflected the soul of a person who has transcended the pressures of daily life and found a space where time has no meaning.

I wanted to kick her in the shins.

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Around the Bend: Bring on the zombie apocalypse

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



I know zombies are hot in popular culture right now, but until Sunday night, when I caught part of a Discovery Channel documentary — with the not-at-all alarming title “Zombie Apocalypse” — I had no idea that zombies posed an actual threat.

The zombies I know from TV, movies and video games are undead humans who stagger around looking for live brains to eat. They don’t generally move very quickly or with much precision and their enunciation is poor at best. But what they lack in agility they make up for in perseverance.

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Around the Bend: Vicious turkey is a sign of spring

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



Did you notice anything different about last weekend? If you’re like me you stepped outside, detected a change in the air, surveyed the layer of grime on the colorless landscape and thought, “Ah, it’s springtime in Vermont.”

Isn’t it beautiful?

I’m not saying the daffodils are up or that a reasonable person would take off their snow tires just yet. But for me the weekend marked an unmistakable turning point in the seasons.

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Around the Bend: Internet overload calls for timeout

Posted on February 28, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



I love the Internet. A lot. If it dispensed food I’d never leave the computer.

But it’s time the Internet and I took a little break.

Things were better years ago. Every morning, I’d fix a cup of coffee and sit down to read my email, pausing only to let the dog and cat in or out 10 to 20 times. (For you young people, “email” was a popular thing before Facebook. It was a handy method of communicating — privately! — with people you knew in real life.)

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