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Jessie Raymond http://www.addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/1786/all en Jessie Raymond: Expectations up, enjoyment down http://www.addisonindependent.com/201408jessie-raymond-expectations-enjoyment-down <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">I bought a car this past December. While I had been mostly concerned about finding something reliable, I admit the car&rsquo;s extensive bells and whistles came as a welcome bonus. Over the past eight months, however, they have turned me into a spoiled, though very comfortable, brat.</span></p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/24995">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201408jessie-raymond-expectations-enjoyment-down" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Jessie Raymond Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:30:05 +0000 Jessie Raymond 24995 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: New workout smacks of Big Brother http://www.addisonindependent.com/201402jessie-raymond-new-workout-smacks-big-brother <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">You might say I&rsquo;m an expert on home exercise videos. After all, (a) I have a degree in exercise science, (b) I&rsquo;m so fit Jennifer Aniston calls me for over-40 workout tips and (c) I have a three-decade history of home fitness programs.</span></p> <p> OK, (a) is false, and (b) is more of a half-truth; Jennifer Aniston only calls me for fashion advice. But (c) is kind of true, if you go back to the early &rsquo;80s when, as a gangly middle schooler, I would join my stepmother for the Jane Fonda Workout on audio cassette.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/21869">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201402jessie-raymond-new-workout-smacks-big-brother" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Jessie Raymond Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:41:53 +0000 Jessie Raymond 21869 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: Consume cookies at your own risk http://www.addisonindependent.com/201312jessie-raymond-consume-cookies-your-own-risk <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">This week, I&rsquo;m sharing my favorite Christmas recipe: mace cookies. You can enjoy these yummy holiday treats with just a few simple ingredients and a pair of elastic-waist pants.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/20689">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201312jessie-raymond-consume-cookies-your-own-risk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion cookies Jessie Raymond Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:26:27 +0000 Jessie Raymond 20689 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: 'Tis the season to shop separately http://www.addisonindependent.com/201312jessie-raymond-tis-season-shop-separately <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20px;">My husband Mark and I have finally settled on the best way to do our Christmas shopping: separately.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px;">We used to think that because we enjoyed spending time together, Christmas shopping as a couple would be fun.</span></p> <p> Hardly.</p> <p> You see, only one of us likes to shop.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/20432">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201312jessie-raymond-tis-season-shop-separately" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Jessie Raymond Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:14:09 +0000 Zach Despart 20432 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymon: Christmas creeping our way http://www.addisonindependent.com/201311jessie-raymon-christmas-creeping-our-way <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> I noticed something yesterday: Christmas is only seven weeks away.</p> <p> I haven&rsquo;t even put my garden hose away yet, so you might expect my reaction to be one of surprise and dismay.</p> <p> Not this year.</p> <p> Instead, I shocked myself by thinking, &ldquo;Well, then, it&rsquo;s about time I started planning for the holidays.&rdquo;</p> <p> This is new and different. And a little disturbing.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/19946">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201311jessie-raymon-christmas-creeping-our-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Jessie Raymond Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:12:57 +0000 John McCright 19946 at http://www.addisonindependent.com You can't mask Halloween apathy http://www.addisonindependent.com/201310you-cant-mask-halloween-apathy <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> Halloween: I&rsquo;m just not that into it.</p> <p> Oh, I like the subversive part where kids openly demand &mdash; and receive &mdash; candy from random adults. I&rsquo;m just not crazy about costumes.</p> <p> It may stem partly second grade, when I missed Halloween altogether. On Oct. 30 I came down with chicken pox &mdash; all the rage in those days. I tried to convince my mother that I could still trick-or-treat since my costume would hide my condition. No dice.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/19663/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/19663">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201310you-cant-mask-halloween-apathy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Around the bend Jessie Raymond Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:40:55 +0000 John McCright 19663 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: How do we like them apples? Ground http://www.addisonindependent.com/201309jessie-raymond-how-do-we-them-apples-ground <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> Right now, a workhorse of a machine is sitting in my husband&rsquo;s woodshop. If it works properly it&rsquo;s going to make our lives a lot easier over the next couple weeks.</p> <p> I found it last Saturday through sheer luck and good timing. At the time I was out running errands and whining loudly, as I tend to do, about how we needed an electric apple grinder to go with our cider press. (A grinder, or &ldquo;scratter,&rdquo; reduces apples to a pulp to allow for maximum juice extraction.)</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/18861/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/18861">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201309jessie-raymond-how-do-we-them-apples-ground" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Jessie Raymond Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:05:16 +0000 Trent Campbell 18861 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: Creative criminals liven up the news http://www.addisonindependent.com/201308jessie-raymond-creative-criminals-liven-news <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> The&nbsp;<em>Addison Independent</em>has won awards for its local news coverage, striking photos and special sections.</p> <p> Whatever.</p> <p> 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.)</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18412">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201308jessie-raymond-creative-criminals-liven-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Jessie Raymond opinion Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:29:39 +0000 xian 18412 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: Working hard for simple pleasures http://www.addisonindependent.com/201308jessie-raymond-working-hard-simple-pleasures <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> I spent last Sunday afternoon watching YouTube videos of people preparing meals on their wood cook stoves.</p> <p> I&rsquo;m pretty sure I am not normal.</p> <p> But lately I&rsquo;ve become obsessed with the idea of installing an antique wood cook stove in our kitchen. And cooking on it.</p> <p> I&rsquo;m totally serious.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18179">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201308jessie-raymond-working-hard-simple-pleasures" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Jessie Raymond Thu, 01 Aug 2013 13:36:59 +0000 Trent Campbell 18179 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Around the Bend by Jessie Raymond: I'd rather not scream for ice cream http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307around-bend-jessie-raymond-id-rather-not-scream-ice-cream <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> Gone are the days when I could eat all I wanted without gaining weight. (For you youngsters still scarfing down pizza and beer with abandon, enjoy it now; eventually those calories count double.)</p> <p> I don&rsquo;t subscribe to any particular diet plan, other than the one where you move more and eat less. It&rsquo;s not flashy. It doesn&rsquo;t have a spokesperson, no one delivers pre-packaged meals to your door, and it doesn&rsquo;t result in weight loss so dramatic your dog doesn&rsquo;t recognize you. But it works.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17762">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307around-bend-jessie-raymond-id-rather-not-scream-ice-cream" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Jessie Raymond Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:29:12 +0000 John McCright 17762 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Around the Bend: House cooling plans full of hot air http://www.addisonindependent.com/201306around-bend-house-cooling-plans-full-hot-air <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> Last Saturday night, during a period of heat-induced delirium, I briefly reconsidered my longstanding opposition to air conditioning.</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> I swear I never heard the minor piano chords threatening in the background.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17308">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201306around-bend-house-cooling-plans-full-hot-air" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Jessie Raymond Op/ed Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:21:32 +0000 xian 17308 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Around the Bend: Keeping it simple, the hard way http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305around-bend-keeping-it-simple-hard-way <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> 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 &ldquo;the simple life&rdquo;: tending animals and growing our own food.</p> <p> Yes, we are idiots.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17059">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305around-bend-keeping-it-simple-hard-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Jessie Raymond Op/ed Thu, 23 May 2013 13:49:52 +0000 xian 17059 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: Redialing opinion on smartphone http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305jessie-raymond-redialing-opinion-smartphone <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> As a person who considers herself (a) frugal and (b) skeptical of new technology, I have a confession to make.</p> <p> I want a smartphone. Desperately.</p> <p> This admission gets two reactions. The first, from people who sometimes don&rsquo;t even look up from their own phones as they respond, is, &ldquo;Well, duh.&rdquo; The other, the one that echoed my own sentiments until a few weeks ago, is, &ldquo;Ugh, no. Why would anyone spend that kind of money every month on a stupid phone whose use is causing the rapid meltdown of society as we know it?&rdquo;</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16849">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305jessie-raymond-redialing-opinion-smartphone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Jessie Raymond Op-ed Thu, 09 May 2013 13:59:24 +0000 xian 16849 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Around the Bend: Bring on the zombie apocalypse http://www.addisonindependent.com/201304around-bend-bring-zombie-apocalypse <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> I know zombies are hot in popular culture right now, but until Sunday night, when I caught part of a Discovery Channel documentary &mdash; with the not-at-all alarming title &ldquo;Zombie Apocalypse&rdquo; &mdash; I had no idea that zombies posed an actual threat.</p> <p> The zombies I know from TV, movies and video games are undead humans who stagger around looking for live brains to eat. They don&rsquo;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.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16386">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201304around-bend-bring-zombie-apocalypse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Jessie Raymond Op-ed Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:47:35 +0000 xian 16386 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: School sports take a toll on parents http://www.addisonindependent.com/201303jessie-raymond-school-sports-take-toll-parents <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> If your kids play sports, you know only too well the pain of bleacher fatigue, or, as it is known in medical journals, <em>gluteus maximus agonius.</em></p> <p> The prolonged sitting on pullout bleachers for sporting events causes numbness of the backside, an ache in the lower back and stiff knees and hips. (In colonial America, rule-breakers were originally forced to sit for hours on a set of bleachers in the town square. The stocks and pillory were adopted only after bleachers were deemed &ldquo;intollerably crewell.&rdquo;)</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16139">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201303jessie-raymond-school-sports-take-toll-parents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Jessie Raymond Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:17:46 +0000 John McCright 16139 at http://www.addisonindependent.com