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Jessie Raymond: Outdoors, neither naked nor afraid

Posted on July 16, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



For the past couple of months I’ve been walking the dog on the Trail Around Middlebury or, as I like to call it, “The Trail That Runs Practically Past My House But Which, Until This Spring, I Had Been on Only Once in the Eight Years We’ve Lived There.”

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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: Warm spell melts winter memories

Posted on June 18, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



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Sitting on the back porch with a friend the other day, I mentioned how much I loved Vermont.

“It’s just so beautiful,” I said. “The flowers, the birds, the views. I feel so lucky to live here.”

She snorted and said, “That’s funny, because three months ago you were binge-watching ‘House Hunters International’ and telling me you were seriously considering moving to Costa Rica.”

Um, I don’t think so.

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Jessie Raymond: Canine casts doubts in blame game

Posted on June 4, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



Our new dog is driving me crazy.

I don’t mean “driving me crazy” in the sense of annoying me, like by stealing my socks or eating my flip-flops. He’s a dog; it’s what they do. I mean that the deceptively endearing little fur ball is playing head games with me.

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Jessie Raymond: Kale — if you know what's good for you

Posted on May 21, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



At the risk of getting too personal, I have to ask: Have you massaged your kale lately?

Normally, that’s a subject I’d bring up only with my closest friends, but I can’t resist. I just learned a few weeks ago that you could — and should — massage your kale, at least if you intend to serve it raw. And here I was, unaware that kale was prone to nervous tension.

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Jessie Raymond: If you want to get noticed, go green

Posted on May 7, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last Saturday was Green Up Day. Like hundreds of other people in Addison County, I set off down the road clutching a lime-green plastic garbage bag — the international symbol for “Look at me, I’m a Good Person.”

As I trudged along picking up O.P.T. (Other People’s Trash), drivers honked and gave me the thumbs up, and passing bikers and joggers yelled out thank yous. I may as well have been wearing a cape.

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Jessie Raymond: New dog wins over avowed cat lover

Posted on April 24, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



"Are you a dog person or a cat person?”

I hate that question. There are days when I don’t even consider myself a people person. Why bring pets into it?

Anyway, there is only one acceptable answer. While there are certainly people who prefer cats over dogs, we all know that it’s social suicide to admit it.

If you say you’re a dog person, people trust you.

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Jessie Raymond: If you're reading this, it must be spring

Posted on April 9, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



In his 1922 poem “The Wasteland,” T.S. Eliot wrote, “April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land.” 

I first read that in college, and the line never made sense to me, until this year. It perfectly describes the April we’ve been having. (Except, of course, for the lilacs. But the “dead land” part is spot on.)

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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: Indoor hen gives no signs of spring

Posted on March 12, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



There’s a chicken in our bathroom.

This is not a clever turn of phrase like “a bird in the hand” or “a bun in the oven.” There is actually a live chicken staying in a Rubbermaid tub in our bathroom.

Given the way guests react when they walk into the bathroom — “Whoa, there’s a freaking chicken in here!” — I’m guessing this is not common in other households.

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