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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: Bad tire sensors leave me deflated

Posted on April 23, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last week, I spent $102 to get my car fixed. Or, more accurately, I spent $102 to replace two faulty tire-pressure sensors that had triggered an ominous-looking amber dashboard light. The light erroneously indicated that one or more of my tires was dangerously low.

My tires were fine.

Perhaps you are familiar with that warning light: It’s a sort of horseshoe shape with the ends pointing up. It’s ripply on the bottom, with an exclamation point in the middle, meaning “Hey, pay attention, this is super important!”

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Jessie Raymond: Call me, maybe — but keep it real

Posted on April 8, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



One of the downsides of us still having a landline — besides all the young people thinking we’re geezers — is that pretty much the only calls we get on it are from telemarketers.

Last week, I got one that really threw me. The caller said she was from the Cancer Is Really Awful Foundation or something, one of those vaguely real-sounding organizations that either save millions of lives or are shams run out of abandoned warehouses. You never can tell.

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Jessie Raymond: New dog not garden's best friend

Posted on March 26, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



In my steadfast, if naïve, belief that winter is someday going to end, I’ve started thinking about gardening.

I just need to keep in mind that last year’s garden was a spectacular failure.

I blame the dog.

Indirectly, I mean. We got him last spring and it changed my routine. Knowing he needed exercise, I started walking him every morning before work, during the time I had previously devoted to the garden.

The dog liked it. I liked it. The garden hated it.

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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: Photos show a different side of winter

Posted on February 26, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



This hasn’t been the easiest of winters. Perhaps you’ve noticed.

Most years we at least get a January thaw, a few gentle days that bolster our spirits enough to get us through the miserable days still to come. This year, we’ve had approximately one day above freezing since Labor Day, and enough days below zero that I keep thinking my thermometer is broken. (If only.)

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Jessie Raymond: Getting 'back' to normal takes time

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



I threw out my back while shoveling snow the weekend before last, leaving my husband, Mark, to finish my share of the labor. He called it “convenient timing.”

True, shoveling is my least favorite winter chore. But the injury was real and the timing, in my opinion, was entirely appropriate. Who tweaks their back while resting quietly?

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Jessie Raymond: Photo Sharing was a 'moose-stake'

Posted on January 28, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



In this age of technology, it’s less important to enjoy beautiful moments for what they are than it is to capture them digitally and share them online within seconds.

While that sounds sensible and doesn’t at all signal the imminent downfall of civilization as we know it, sometimes I get so distracted by existing that I forget to treat my life like an ongoing photo op. Mostly I just post cute pictures of our dog to Facebook.

But I’m getting better.

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Grapplin'

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



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MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School junior Nate Gebo wrestles during the Tigers’ meet against Essex and St. Johnsbury Monday night in Middlebury.

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