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Jessie Raymond http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/130/all en Jessie Raymond: New dog not garden's best friend http://addisonindependent.com/201503jessie-raymond-new-dog-not-gardens-best-friend <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> In my steadfast, if na&iuml;ve, belief that winter is someday going to end, I&rsquo;ve started thinking about gardening.</p> <p> I just need to keep in mind that last year&rsquo;s garden was a spectacular failure.</p> <p> I blame the dog.</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> The dog liked it. I liked it. The garden hated it.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29344">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503jessie-raymond-new-dog-not-gardens-best-friend" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion dog Garden Thor Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:31:20 +0000 Zach Despart 29344 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: Pop-up play puts on the pressure http://addisonindependent.com/201503jessie-raymond-pop-play-puts-pressure <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> Last Friday night, instead of wasting my time sleeping, I chose to stay up writing a play for the Town Hall Theater&rsquo;s second annual &ldquo;Pop-Up Plays&rdquo; event, in which six new 10-minute plays were conceived, written and performed within a 24-hour period.</p> <p> I know what you&rsquo;re thinking: &ldquo;But, Jessie, you aren&rsquo;t a playwright.&rdquo;</p> <p> You make an excellent point.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29089">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503jessie-raymond-pop-play-puts-pressure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:16:39 +0000 Trent Campbell 29089 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: Photos show a different side of winter http://addisonindependent.com/201502jessie-raymond-photos-show-different-side-winter <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> This hasn&rsquo;t been the easiest of winters. Perhaps you&rsquo;ve noticed.</p> <p> 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&rsquo;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.)</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28777">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502jessie-raymond-photos-show-different-side-winter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion snow weather winter Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:29:16 +0000 Jessie Raymond 28777 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: Getting 'back' to normal takes time http://addisonindependent.com/201502jessie-raymond-getting-back-normal-takes-time <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> 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 &ldquo;convenient timing.&rdquo;</p> <p> 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?</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28529">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502jessie-raymond-getting-back-normal-takes-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:18:01 +0000 Jessie Raymond 28529 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: Photo Sharing was a 'moose-stake' http://addisonindependent.com/201501jessie-raymond-photo-sharing-was-moose-stake <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> In this age of technology, it&rsquo;s less important to enjoy beautiful moments for what they are than it is to capture them digitally and share them online within seconds.</p> <p> While that sounds sensible and doesn&rsquo;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.</p> <p> But I&rsquo;m getting better.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28244">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501jessie-raymond-photo-sharing-was-moose-stake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion moose Or were they cows? Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:28:36 +0000 Jessie Raymond 28244 at http://addisonindependent.com Grapplin' http://addisonindependent.com/201501grapplin <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27997" style="width: 590px;"><a href="/201501grapplin"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Wrestling7971.standalone.jpg" alt="Wrestling7971.jpg" title="Wrestling7971.jpg" class="image image-standalone " width="590" height="378" /></a></div> <p> MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School junior Nate Gebo wrestles during the Tigers&rsquo; meet against Essex and St. Johnsbury Monday night in Middlebury.</p> <p> Independent photo/Jessie Raymond</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/photos">see all photos</a> | <a href="http://www.trentcampbell.smugmug.com/Addison%20Independent">order reprints</a></h4> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:44:04 +0000 Jessie Raymond 27998 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: January 1 is a bad time for resolutions http://addisonindependent.com/201501jessie-raymond-january-1-bad-time-resolutions <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> New Year&rsquo;s resolutions. Are they still a thing?</p> <p> I don&rsquo;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.</p> <p> Not that I really care. Sure, I might have felt like making a few resolutions on New Year&rsquo;s Eve as the ball dropped, but I had already been asleep for over two hours at that point. Perhaps &ldquo;Stay up until past midnight at least once during 2015&rdquo; should have been my first resolution. (Let&rsquo;s say past 10 p.m., just to keep things realistic.)</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27965">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501jessie-raymond-january-1-bad-time-resolutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ripton New Year's resolutions Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:19:35 +0000 Jessie Raymond 27965 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: 'Nothing' is best Christmas gift ever http://addisonindependent.com/201412jessie-raymond-nothing-best-christmas-gift-ever <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> Between noon on Thursday, Dec. 25, and 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, I accomplished nothing.</p> <p> I therefore count this as the best Christmas ever.</p> <p> Unlike most families, we don&rsquo;t do much after Christmas morning, which we spend opening gifts, drinking coffee and devouring a braided cinnamon Christmas bread like zombies eating brains.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27657">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412jessie-raymond-nothing-best-christmas-gift-ever" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion christmas doing nothing Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:40:45 +0000 Jessie Raymond 27657 at http://addisonindependent.com Such joy http://addisonindependent.com/201412such-joy <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27610" style="width: 590px;"><a href="/201412such-joy"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/gymnastics7916.standalone.jpg" alt="gymnastics7916.jpg" title="gymnastics7916.jpg" class="image image-standalone " width="590" height="378" /></a></div> <p> 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.</p> <p> Independent photo/Jessie Raymond</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/photos">see all photos</a> | <a href="http://www.trentcampbell.smugmug.com/Addison%20Independent">order reprints</a></h4> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:59:09 +0000 Jessie Raymond 27612 at http://addisonindependent.com Talented tumbler http://addisonindependent.com/201412talented-tumbler <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27609" style="width: 293px;"><a href="/201412talented-tumbler"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/gymnastics7906.jpg" alt="gymnastics7906.jpg" title="gymnastics7906.jpg" class="image image-standalone " width="293" height="400" /></a></div> <p> MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School senior Emma Snyder-White performs her dismount off the balance beam at a Dec. 16 competition in Randolp.</p> <p> Independent photos/Jessie Raymond</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/photos">see all photos</a> | <a href="http://www.trentcampbell.smugmug.com/Addison%20Independent">order reprints</a></h4> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:59:01 +0000 Jessie Raymond 27611 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: Merry Christmas — now go buy stuff http://addisonindependent.com/201412jessie-raymond-merry-christmas-%E2%80%94-now-go-buy-stuff <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> A hundred years ago, Christmas shopping was a snap. You&rsquo;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).</p> <p> Times have changed.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27472">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412jessie-raymond-merry-christmas-%E2%80%94-now-go-buy-stuff" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion christmas materialism Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:15:57 +0000 Jessie Raymond 27472 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: Christmas memories color reality http://addisonindependent.com/201412jessie-raymond-christmas-memories-color-reality <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> One of my favorite holiday traditions is putting up the Christmas tree.</p> <p> It&rsquo;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 &ldquo;Jingle Bells&rdquo; all the way home.</p> <p> 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.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27226">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412jessie-raymond-christmas-memories-color-reality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion christmas memories Wed, 03 Dec 2014 21:41:40 +0000 Jessie Raymond 27226 at http://addisonindependent.com Jesse Raymond: Gingerbread idea no piece of cake http://addisonindependent.com/201411jesse-raymond-gingerbread-idea-no-piece-cake <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> It&rsquo;s almost time for the Vermont Folklife Center&rsquo;s annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit. This could be the year I finally enter.</p> <p> I say that every November but I&rsquo;ve always chickened out. I&rsquo;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.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/26977">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201411jesse-raymond-gingerbread-idea-no-piece-cake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Gingerbread houses opinion Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:46:44 +0000 Jessie Raymond 26977 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: Terror lingers after nightmare ends http://addisonindependent.com/201411jessie-raymond-terror-lingers-after-nightmare-ends <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">I&rsquo;m not sure what caused the bad dream I had on Halloween night: the horror movie we watched or the 78 mini Reese&rsquo;s peanut butter cups I ate (we only got one trick-or-treater). I suspect it was a combination of the two.</span></p> <p> A red-eyed demon woman was screeching and grabbing at me with her long talons. She was an evil spirit bent on &ldquo;getting&rdquo; me, whatever that meant. I knew it wasn&rsquo;t good.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/26715">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201411jessie-raymond-terror-lingers-after-nightmare-ends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Halloween Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:52:47 +0000 Zach Despart 26715 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: Finishing book before she's 'Gone' http://addisonindependent.com/201410jessie-raymond-finishing-book-shes-gone <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">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.</span></p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/26397">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201410jessie-raymond-finishing-book-shes-gone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Gone Girl half and half Reading Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:11:33 +0000 Zach Despart 26397 at http://addisonindependent.com