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Jessie Raymond: Yoga helps keep 'Bigfoot' at bay

Posted on April 21, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



Getting out of bed a while back, I heard a creaking sound.

It was me.

I’m not saying I normally expect to wake up, spring to my feet, jeté into the hall and then somersaulting down the stairs like a Slinky. My mornings start with a subdued but single-minded shuffle from the bed to the coffeemaker.

But this winter I started noticing a measurable lapse of time between “sitting up in bed” and “standing up.” My muscles and joints seem to resent the sudden change in plans.

I just turned 48. What gives?

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Jessie Raymond: Trying to keep fit, one step at a time

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



How many steps do I take in a day?

Better question: Why would I care?

I care because I’m one of those people who get caught up in quantifying everything in order to tell how healthy they are. The trendy metric these days is steps: You need to take 10,000 of them a day.

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Jessie Raymond: Disgust gives way to good deed

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last week marked a personal victory: I touched an earthworm. On purpose.

Since I am, at least in a general sense, a gardener, you would think I am forever touching worms — running my hands through the rich soil and marveling at the serpentine creatures that tunnel through it, aerating it while breaking down the organic matter.

Hardly.

I know earthworms are highly beneficial creatures. There’s just one thing: They’re gross.

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Out and About: Theater Times Three

Posted on March 17, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Jessie Raymond



Given the nature of the last two Addison Independent community calendar events I attended, and one I will be attending this weekend, the theme of this post will be “The Theatah.” (In my head, I pronounce it in the snooty, British aristocrat way because that’s how I’ve always tended to think of the theater: highbrow, a bit pretentious, and not something meant for those of us who are perfectly happy to stay home and watch Netflix.)

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Jessie Raymond: The (hand)writing is on the wall

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



One day a few years ago I found myself holding a tattered piece of paper embellished with mysterious writing.

The words, one or two per line, appeared to be in code. English? Perhaps. But I couldn’t make out what they said. Was this a ransom note? A warning? The secret formula for Coca-Cola?

Well, no, actually. It was my grocery list.

I had jotted the items down earlier in the week. But none of the words looked familiar. The lines rambled like the path of an inebriated beetle in the throes of a Charley horse.

I squinted at it.

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Around the Bend: Frivolous shopping trip unravels

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



Being both a homebody and a tightwad isn’t always as fun as it sounds.

Last Saturday, for instance, I had to run an errand in Essex. Two hours of driving for a one-minute chore seemed like a terrible reason to leave the house. It took all my powers of positive thinking — plus persistent glares from my family members —  to convince me to look at the drive as an opportunity. I’d make a day of it and have some fun in a busy part of Vermont I normally avoid.

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Out and About: Twist O' Wool Guild

Posted on February 5, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Jessie Raymond



In November, I announced in this blog space that I would be making more of an effort to go to at least a few of the many interesting events I come across as the community calendar editor at the Addison Independent. I hoped to attend one event every 1-3 weeks.

I was so naïve back then.

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Jessie Raymond: Feelings mixed about precipitation

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



If this were a typical Vermont winter, I’d be reaching my breaking point right about now. By January I start to feel like people are going out of their way to annoy me by, for example, cutting me off in traffic or being married to me. I can’t help it; it’s hard to be pleasant when it’s dark all the time and I can no longer maintain a core body temperature above 90 degrees.

But this winter has hardly been typical.

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Airborne

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



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TIGER FRESHMAN EMILY Laframboise leaps during her performance on the balance beam during the Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team’s meat with U-32 on Tuesday evening.

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Jessie Raymond: A billion reasons to skip the lottery

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



In case you were wondering, I didn’t win the U.S. Powerball jackpot last night.

That’s no big surprise, given that the odds of winning were one in 292,201,338. The chances of me being attacked by a shark — in Vermont, yesterday — were exponentially higher.

But the main reason I didn’t win is that I didn’t play.

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