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Jessie Raymond: January 1 is a bad time for resolutions

Posted on January 14, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



New Year’s resolutions. Are they still a thing?

I don’t mean are they still an annual cultural ritual. I mean are they still a thing by Jan. 15? I think I missed the open enrollment period.

Not that I really care. Sure, I might have felt like making a few resolutions on New Year’s Eve as the ball dropped, but I had already been asleep for over two hours at that point. Perhaps “Stay up until past midnight at least once during 2015” should have been my first resolution. (Let’s say past 10 p.m., just to keep things realistic.)

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Jessie Raymond: 'Nothing' is best Christmas gift ever

Posted on December 30, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



Between noon on Thursday, Dec. 25, and 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, I accomplished nothing.

I therefore count this as the best Christmas ever.

Unlike most families, we don’t do much after Christmas morning, which we spend opening gifts, drinking coffee and devouring a braided cinnamon Christmas bread like zombies eating brains.

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Such joy

Posted on December 24, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



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GYMNASTS FROM MIDDLEBURY and Mount Abraham union high schools took part in a meet at Randolph Union High School last week. At that Dec. 16 event MUHS sophomore Bella Williams competes in the floor exercise.

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Talented tumbler

Posted on December 24, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



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MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School senior Emma Snyder-White performs her dismount off the balance beam at a Dec. 16 competition in Randolp.

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Jessie Raymond: Merry Christmas — now go buy stuff

Posted on December 16, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



A hundred years ago, Christmas shopping was a snap. You’d buy an orange and a handful of walnuts for each of the kids, a silk handkerchief or a pouch of pipe tobacco for the spouse, and bang, you were done. No Black Friday madness, no anxiety about the January Visa bill, no Christmas Eve runs to the Hammacher Schlemmer section of T.J. Maxx to grab Dad an electronic golf ball case (on the off chance he starts playing golf this year).

Times have changed.

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Jessie Raymond: Christmas memories color reality

Posted on December 3, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



One of my favorite holiday traditions is putting up the Christmas tree.

It’s the same every year: One day in December we head out to the tree farm, where we tromp through the freshly fallen snow until we find the perfect tree. We cut it, tie it to the roof of the car and sing “Jingle Bells” all the way home.

We set up the tree in the corner of the living room, drape it with lights and decorate it, drinking hot cocoa while holiday music plays in the background.

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Jesse Raymond: Gingerbread idea no piece of cake

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



It’s almost time for the Vermont Folklife Center’s annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit. This could be the year I finally enter.

I say that every November but I’ve always chickened out. I’ve learned from past attempts at making gingerbread houses that the whimsy of the final result belies the blood, sweat and multiple batches of burnt gingerbread that go into the process.

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Jessie Raymond: Terror lingers after nightmare ends

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



I’m not sure what caused the bad dream I had on Halloween night: the horror movie we watched or the 78 mini Reese’s peanut butter cups I ate (we only got one trick-or-treater). I suspect it was a combination of the two.

A red-eyed demon woman was screeching and grabbing at me with her long talons. She was an evil spirit bent on “getting” me, whatever that meant. I knew it wasn’t good.

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Jessie Raymond: Finishing book before she's 'Gone'

Posted on October 23, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



I finally did it: I read a whole book in less time than it takes a pint of half-and-half to go bad in my fridge.

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Jessie Raymond: New approach outdoes 'honey-do'

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



When it comes to odd jobs around the house, my husband, Mark, and I just don’t have the same priorities.

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