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February 24th, 2015
If there’s such thing as a “real Vermont winter” this is the first that our family has experienced, four years after moving here.
WOODSTOCK — Otter Valley Union High School senior boys’ basketball player John Winslow reached the 1,000-point milestone in a Wednesday night game played at Woodstock.
Winslow, a three-sport standout at OV, scored his 1,000th point by sinking a third-period three-pointer. Overall, he scored 12 points to pump his career total up to 1,004 and join former teammate Ryan Kelley, who reached the 1,000-point plateau in 2013, as a quadruple-digit scorer. Prior to Kelley’s feat, the Otter who most recently became a 1,000-point scorer was Pat Tulley in 1998.
As a Christmas gift this year, my husband sent me away.
I mean that in the best sense: Aware that I could use a solid chunk of quiet and solitude (that's a euphemism for "escaping the children"), my husband booked me a two-night stay at St. Joseph's Dwelling Place, a retreat center just outside of Ludlow, Vermont.
Deb Smith's one of the most joyous women
I know, painting a living room, retouching
a guest bathroom. Or sitting by her potter’s
wheel, spinning that round table, her hands
urging the clay into a bowl or a funereal urn.
I don’t want you to be surprised when I tell you
she’s designed a catalogue in her mind
of matching pairs, for pet owners and their dogs
and cats, so they can be stored forever
shame, n 1 a: a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety [Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, 1986]
I am not a member at the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op.
There! It's out!
I’m proposing we travel
to the Edmund Pettus Bridge
in Selma, Alabama
on the first day we have
together on the occasion
of your retirement.
We don’t sleep in
as we’d imagined ourselves
We begin walking
Things You Kept in Mind
for my friends at Elderly Services
Sometimes all you need is to be
asked, to say what you’d store
in a metal box--bury, hide, lock
in a safe. Anywhere what you choose
could be found in a day, a hundred
years from now. By somebody
who still has your name. Who may not
know what they’re seeing,
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