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Matt Dickerson: Returning to fish in the Trinity National Forest

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Elysian Fields, Papa Karl, sports and kids

Posted on January 25, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Last Saturday, I found myself in the Elysian Fields, or at least a reasonable contemporary facsimile thereof.

The Elysian Fields was the realm after death where heroes romp, according to the ancient Greeks.

Baseball fans know that the Elysian Fields was a real place too, a park in Hoboken, N.J., just across the Hudson from Manhattan, where the first recognized baseball game was played in 1846: The Knickerbocker club of New York City took on a team simply named the New York Nine (and lost 23-1).

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Matt Dickerson: On the use of scarves and cross-country skiing in the cold

Posted on January 18, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



It was a perfect January day — the type of day during which I might wear a long wool scarf for the aesthetic, but I don’t really need one. The temperature hovered in the mid-20s. Fresh snow blanketed the ground. Most importantly, nearly all the trails at Rikert Nordic Ski Touring Center were once again open.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Officials do tough work that could be done better

Posted on January 10, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Sports officials deserve respect. It’s a tough job, and I can speak from the experience of refereeing a couple hundred middle-school, freshman and junior-varsity soccer and basketball games, and probably close to another hundred men’s league basketball games.

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Matt Dickerson: Sledding at grandmother's house

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



The day after Christmas, we piled into our modern sleighs beneath a clear blue winter sky. We went over the river and through the woods — and up and over two mountains, and over two more bigger rivers, and through more woods, and over one very long covered bridge and past two more smaller ones — to Grandmother’s House.

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Karl Lindholm: Sir Alf, Nobby and Johnny America

Posted on December 27, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Reminiscing:

It was not so much a lonely existence as it was solitary.

During the week, I was surrounded by people, co-workers in the factory, Italians mostly, though we were in the German part of Switzerland in the town of Brugg, 25 kilometers from Zurich, and I could speak neither Italian nor Swiss-German.

I quickly learned the standard greeting, “Gruezi-vol!” and the universal valediction, “Ciao.”

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Matt Dickerson: On Christmas and nature in Narnia and Middle-earth

Posted on December 21, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Andy Kirkaldy: Boston teams have questions — and promise

Posted on December 14, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Time for a year-end look at the sports teams of my youth. Hey, I’ve seen Bobby Orr, Michael (best cornerback ever) Haynes of the Patriots, Carl Yastrzemski and Larry Bird live. (OK, Larry was in street clothes sitting with Red Auerbach at Boston Garden the day before he signed, but that counts, right?) So I’m going to stay loyal.

As of this writing, the Boston sports team owning the longest winning streak is your hockey Bruins — two in a row heading into a Wednesday tilt with the Detroit Red Wings.

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Karl Lindholm: Middlebury's virtuoso coach

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



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So, on her way to a graduate degree in Music Performance, she got waylaid ... and became a coach instead. She traded in her violin for a whistle:

And now Katharine Perry Delorenzo is Middlebury College’s virtuoso field hockey coach, and her athletes play beautiful music on Kohn Field in the fall.

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Matt Dickerson: Giving the gift of time (and Nordic skiing)

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



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