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Jessie Raymond: Gardener outwits gluttonous goats

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Ever since our two goats, Lucy and Jasper, decided that life inside a fence was just not for them, our yard has served as their all-you-can-eat buffet.

I’ve tried to pretend it’s no big deal. Every spring I tell myself maybe this year the goats will leave my flowerbeds alone. And every spring they eat everything — except the weeds, of course; goats have standards.

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Jessie Raymond: Loving the magic, holding the wallet

Posted on May 7, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last week, during a brief family vacation to Florida, I found myself at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, an attraction that straddles two Universal Studios theme parks in Orlando.

My initial reaction to going? Yeah, no.

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Jessie Raymond: Pop-up play puts on the pressure

Posted on March 12, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last Friday night, instead of wasting my time sleeping, I chose to stay up writing a play for the Town Hall Theater’s second annual “Pop-Up Plays” event, in which six new 10-minute plays were conceived, written and performed within a 24-hour period.

I know what you’re thinking: “But, Jessie, you aren’t a playwright.”

You make an excellent point.

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Jessie Raymond: Helping hands set good example

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



We finally did it: We hired someone to clean the house.

This was a move my husband had been suggesting for years, mostly as an alternative to having to pitch in more himself. But I wouldn’t consider it.

I’ve always had this idea that people who hire house cleaners are not like us. They buy furniture new. They own the kind of rugs that must be insured. To them, “winter” is not a season, it’s a verb meaning something you do somewhere much farther south.

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Jessie Raymond: Better living through procrastination

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



April 15 is just around the corner, and you know what that means: Time to hone your finest procrastination techniques.

Hey, it’s no coincidence that spring cleaning coincides with tax season. You start thinking about capital gains, non-qualified deductions, thresholds and exclusions, and what do you say to yourself? “Wow, when is the last time I washed and ironed all the curtains? I can’t possibly deal with my offshore exempt dividends until I’ve taken care of those.”

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Jessie Raymond: Auction goers bid adieu to reason

Posted on February 13, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last weekend, I finally attended my first auction. I came home without any of the antiques I saw there, but with a deeper understanding of the human psyche. That’s even better, because (a) it was free and (b) I don’t have to dust it.

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Jessie Raymond: It's not too late to hibernate

Posted on January 30, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



If you live in Vermont, you know better than to talk about how much you hate the cold weather, especially if, like me, you chose to move here from somewhere further south.

But this winter has been a little colder, for a little longer, than I remember in recent years and it is messing with my head. I just can’t seem to get warm.

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Jessie Raymond: Good riddance to a great holiday

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



This year, I found Christmas to be exceptional in terms of good will, good food, good company and moments I can genuinely describe as “merry.” It was, all in all, a wonderful holiday season.

Boy, am I glad it’s over.

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Jessie Raymon: Christmas creeping our way

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



I noticed something yesterday: Christmas is only seven weeks away.

I haven’t even put my garden hose away yet, so you might expect my reaction to be one of surprise and dismay.

Not this year.

Instead, I shocked myself by thinking, “Well, then, it’s about time I started planning for the holidays.”

This is new and different. And a little disturbing.

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You can't mask Halloween apathy

Posted on October 23, 2013 | Blog Category:
By Jessie Raymond



Halloween: I’m just not that into it.

Oh, I like the subversive part where kids openly demand — and receive — candy from random adults. I’m just not crazy about costumes.

It may stem partly second grade, when I missed Halloween altogether. On Oct. 30 I came down with chicken pox — 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.

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