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Jessie Raymond: Airport turnstiles present epic challenge for new 'business traveler'

Posted on April 13, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



A couple of weeks ago, I flew to Chicago for a work-related conference. For once, I got to swagger around the airports like an actual business traveler.

Unfortunately, the swagger only lasted until my colleague and I — yes, I said “colleague,” because business travelers talk that way — landed at O’Hare. While she carried a small bag, I had checked a bulky wheeled behemoth that fell just a few pounds short of needing to be registered with the DMV.

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Jessie Raymond: A truly rare experience at a movie

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last weekend, I went to the movies.

This may not sound like a big deal, but I haven’t seen a movie in a theater since summer 2011, when I watched “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” in 3-D.

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Jessie Raymond: Life would be better if stove worked

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



Two weeks ago, our new-to-us wood cook stove broke.

How does that even happen? It’s not like a regular kitchen range: It doesn’t have an igniter, or even any on/off knobs. It’s a big cast-iron tank with a firebox on one side, an oven on the other, and a giant griddle for a top. But the old firebrick inside the firebox had been repeatedly patched by the previous owner, and one day it just broke in half.

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Jessie Raymond: Lifelong grammar crusaders fight on!

Posted on March 2, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



I’ve always had a thing for grammar.

In kindergarten, I corrected Tracy Reynolds for splitting an infinitive during Show-and-Tell. I knew the difference between “disinterested” and “uninterested” before I was allowed to cross the street by myself. While other teenagers tacked up posters of Simon & Garfunkel or Hall & Oates on their bedroom walls, I put up a poster of Strunk & White.

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Jessie Raymond: Getting older and (at least a bit) wiser

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



A decade or so ago, my husband Mark and I were driving through town when we saw an older man carefully sweeping the dirt off his blacktop driveway.

“Hoo boy,” we laughed. “You know you’re old when not only do you have time to sweep your driveway, but you actually think it matters.”

Well, time has passed. And, as embarrassed as I am to say it, I’m starting to feel an affinity with that old man. My priorities are changing.

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Jessie Raymond: Benefits of cold weather overrated

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



The other day my friend Brian sent me a text: “Do you know anything about Wim Hof?”

I wrote, “I’ve heard that it will destroy your hard drive. Do not click on it!”

He texted me back with an emoticon of a yellow face that seemed to be laughing or choking and either looking exasperated or pretending to understand a joke but not actually getting it. (I struggle with emoticons.)

Whatever it meant, I gathered that Wim Hof was not a computer virus.

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Jessie Raymond: Reluctant accountant gets surprise

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



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As the reluctant bookkeeper for my husband’s business, I dread this time of year: It’s tax season. I hate thinking about money, much less keeping track of it, and I don’t really understand accounting.

It’s not that I’m bad at math; back in my school days, I never met a cosine I didn’t like. But my accountant insists that fun stuff like vectors and rational coefficients aren’t appropriate for small-business accounting, and that I need to stop using the quadratic formula altogether (apparently, it’s screwing up payroll).

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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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