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January 26th, 2016
Our first two days in Northern California were filled with palm trees, rainbows, and loving grandparents. On the morning of the third day – the day we would leave the comfort of the grandparents’ house and move into our rental house in Berkeley – I fell down the stairs.
As Mick Jagger said (or was it Richard Nixon?): “The honeymoon don’t last forever, kid.”
“Wait, people are just allowed to have palm trees in their yards?” my eldest daughter marveled on our first day in California’s Bay Area.
I won’t cast one vote for a camel-
haired coat. I’d rather be thrown-out
in the snow and live in my state
of standing up, saying no.
It doesn’t know my neighbors
and I love sleeping in the cold
like an electable deer. I could
say doe, if I was sure what I saw
stepping in next March to our school
gym. Where we stand up to speak
our Johnson-milled minds in our
December 30th, 2015
Last week, the woman behind me in the Hannaford supermarket check-out line asked if I knew where Salon Déjà vu was located. She wanted to get a gift certificate for somebody, she told me, but the address that she’d been given led her to the wrong place, and nobody answered the phone at the number she’d found online.
It is difficult for the human mind to commit itself to one thing, and to maintain focus upon that thing in order to see it through to completion.
Pleasant, isn’t it, December’s January
thaw? The snow that isn’t here, sand and salt
still mountains in the town’s bins. Tire
chains hanging on the walls. Our road
commissioner sleeping in. My neighbor
mowing his confusing lawn. In March
I’m sure we’ll keep arguing what’s causing
this, the geese not knowing to go south
VERMONT — The Vermont Sports Media Association chose two high school juniors, a high-scoring field hockey player and a prolific football quarterback, as its Athletes of the Month for October.
In statewide balloting of VSMA members, the VSMA selected Otter Valley Union’s Allison Lowell as its October Female Athlete of the Month and Burr & Burton Academy’s Griffin Stalcup as its October Male Athlete of the Month.
A VSMA member first nominated each athlete for his and her outstanding performance in October.
I found an ornament
by the side of the road.
And wedged it into the bark
of a maple tree. Hoping,
I suppose, a driver would see
a shining, lost thing
from the hood of his truck.
A chrome ram’s bust.
He would see driving home,
be curious enough to stop,
to think what is that thing
doing there. That tap, that metal
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