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Jessie Raymond: New workout smacks of Big Brother

Posted on February 26, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



You might say I’m an expert on home exercise videos. After all, (a) I have a degree in exercise science, (b) I’m so fit Jennifer Aniston calls me for over-40 workout tips and (c) I have a three-decade history of home fitness programs.

OK, (a) is false, and (b) is more of a half-truth; Jennifer Aniston only calls me for fashion advice. But (c) is kind of true, if you go back to the early ’80s when, as a gangly middle schooler, I would join my stepmother for the Jane Fonda Workout on audio cassette.

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Jessie Raymond: Consume cookies at your own risk

Posted on December 18, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



This week, I’m sharing my favorite Christmas recipe: mace cookies. You can enjoy these yummy holiday treats with just a few simple ingredients and a pair of elastic-waist pants.

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Jessie Raymond: 'Tis the season to shop separately

Posted on December 5, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



My husband Mark and I have finally settled on the best way to do our Christmas shopping: separately. We used to think that because we enjoyed spending time together, Christmas shopping as a couple would be fun.

Hardly.

You see, only one of us likes to shop.

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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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Jessie Raymond: How do we like them apples? Ground

Posted on September 12, 2013 | Blog Category:
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Right now, a workhorse of a machine is sitting in my husband’s woodshop. If it works properly it’s going to make our lives a lot easier over the next couple weeks.

I found it last Saturday through sheer luck and good timing. At the time I was out running errands and whining loudly, as I tend to do, about how we needed an electric apple grinder to go with our cider press. (A grinder, or “scratter,” reduces apples to a pulp to allow for maximum juice extraction.)

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Jessie Raymond: Creative criminals liven up the news

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



The Addison Independenthas won awards for its local news coverage, striking photos and special sections.

Whatever.

Readers who want the most compelling combination of information and entertainment in this paper know where the real action lies: in the police logs. (Admit it: You go there.)

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Jessie Raymond: Working hard for simple pleasures

Posted on August 1, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



I spent last Sunday afternoon watching YouTube videos of people preparing meals on their wood cook stoves.

I’m pretty sure I am not normal.

But lately I’ve become obsessed with the idea of installing an antique wood cook stove in our kitchen. And cooking on it.

I’m totally serious.

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Around the Bend by Jessie Raymond: I'd rather not scream for ice cream

Posted on July 3, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



Gone are the days when I could eat all I wanted without gaining weight. (For you youngsters still scarfing down pizza and beer with abandon, enjoy it now; eventually those calories count double.)

I don’t subscribe to any particular diet plan, other than the one where you move more and eat less. It’s not flashy. It doesn’t have a spokesperson, no one delivers pre-packaged meals to your door, and it doesn’t result in weight loss so dramatic your dog doesn’t recognize you. But it works.

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Around the Bend: House cooling plans full of hot air

Posted on June 6, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last Saturday night, during a period of heat-induced delirium, I briefly reconsidered my longstanding opposition to air conditioning.

My inner stoic Vermonter says A/C this far north is a sign of weakness and a waste of money. True, I am not stoic by nature or a Vermonter by birth, but I still believe artificial cooling is for sissies. Just Saturday afternoon, in fact, I had been bragging to a friend that our bedroom is always cool enough for sleeping, even during heat waves.

I swear I never heard the minor piano chords threatening in the background.

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