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Around the bend http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/319/all en 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: Helping hands set good example http://addisonindependent.com/201407jessie-raymond-helping-hands-set-good-example <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> We finally did it: We hired someone to clean the house.</p> <p> 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&rsquo;t consider it.</p> <p> I&rsquo;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, &ldquo;winter&rdquo; is not a season, it&rsquo;s a verb meaning something you do somewhere much farther south.</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/24252">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201407jessie-raymond-helping-hands-set-good-example" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:58:56 +0000 Jessie Raymond 24252 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: Better living through procrastination http://addisonindependent.com/201403jessie-raymond <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> April 15 is just around the corner, and you know what that means: Time to hone your finest procrastination techniques.</p> <p> Hey, it&rsquo;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? &ldquo;Wow, when is the last time I washed and ironed all the curtains? I can&rsquo;t possibly deal with my offshore exempt dividends until I&rsquo;ve taken care of those.&rdquo;</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/22359">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201403jessie-raymond" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:10:09 +0000 John McCright 22359 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: Auction goers bid adieu to reason http://addisonindependent.com/201402jessie-raymond-auction-goers-bid-adieu-reason <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 weekend, I finally attended my first auction. I came home without any of the antiques I saw there, but with a deeper understanding of the human psyche. That&rsquo;s even better, because (a) it was free and (b) I don&rsquo;t have to dust it.</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/21650">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201402jessie-raymond-auction-goers-bid-adieu-reason" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:30:12 +0000 John McCright 21650 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: It's not too late to hibernate http://addisonindependent.com/201401jessie-raymond-its-not-late-hibernate <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> If you live in Vermont, you know better than to talk about how much you hate the cold weather, especially if, like me, you chose to move here from somewhere further south.</p> <p> But this winter has been a little colder, for a little longer, than I remember in recent years and it is messing with my head. I just can&rsquo;t seem to get warm.</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/21386">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201401jessie-raymond-its-not-late-hibernate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:11:03 +0000 Trent Campbell 21386 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: Good riddance to a great holiday http://addisonindependent.com/201401jessie-raymond-good-riddance-great-holiday <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: 20.799999237060547px;">This year, I found Christmas to be exceptional in terms of good will, good food, good company and moments I can genuinely describe as &ldquo;merry.&rdquo; It was, all in all, a wonderful holiday season.</span></p> <p> Boy, am I glad it&rsquo;s over.</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/20842">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201401jessie-raymond-good-riddance-great-holiday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Thu, 02 Jan 2014 15:21:45 +0000 Zach Despart 20842 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymon: Christmas creeping our way http://addisonindependent.com/201311jessie-raymon-christmas-creeping-our-way <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 noticed something yesterday: Christmas is only seven weeks away.</p> <p> I haven&rsquo;t even put my garden hose away yet, so you might expect my reaction to be one of surprise and dismay.</p> <p> Not this year.</p> <p> Instead, I shocked myself by thinking, &ldquo;Well, then, it&rsquo;s about time I started planning for the holidays.&rdquo;</p> <p> This is new and different. And a little disturbing.</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/19946">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201311jessie-raymon-christmas-creeping-our-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Jessie Raymond Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:12:57 +0000 John McCright 19946 at http://addisonindependent.com You can't mask Halloween apathy http://addisonindependent.com/201310you-cant-mask-halloween-apathy <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> Halloween: I&rsquo;m just not that into it.</p> <p> Oh, I like the subversive part where kids openly demand &mdash; and receive &mdash; candy from random adults. I&rsquo;m just not crazy about costumes.</p> <p> It may stem partly second grade, when I missed Halloween altogether. On Oct. 30 I came down with chicken pox &mdash; 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.</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">View: <a href="/?q=node/19663/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/19663">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201310you-cant-mask-halloween-apathy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Around the bend Jessie Raymond Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:40:55 +0000 John McCright 19663 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: One good goat deserves another http://addisonindependent.com/201308jessie-raymond-one-good-goat-deserves-another <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> So we got another goat.</p> <p> Kind of an odd choice for a family that has found one goat to be just slightly over their ideal Goats Per Household quotient.</p> <p> But you can&rsquo;t have just one goat, because goats are herd animals and want to be around their own kind. Years ago we took in three goats out of pity but now we&rsquo;re down to one, and that&rsquo;s a problem. Sure, Lucy&rsquo;s been fine on her own this summer, but with winter coming we couldn&rsquo;t bear the thought of her alone in the goat barn on long, cold, dark nights, with no one to play cribbage with.</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/18644">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201308jessie-raymond-one-good-goat-deserves-another" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend opinion Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:26:54 +0000 xian 18644 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: Creative criminals liven up the news http://addisonindependent.com/201308jessie-raymond-creative-criminals-liven-news <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> The&nbsp;<em>Addison Independent</em>has won awards for its local news coverage, striking photos and special sections.</p> <p> Whatever.</p> <p> 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.)</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/18412">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201308jessie-raymond-creative-criminals-liven-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Jessie Raymond opinion Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:29:39 +0000 xian 18412 at http://addisonindependent.com Around the Bend: Disc golf throws players a curve http://addisonindependent.com/201307around-bend-disc-golf-throws-players-curve <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 weekend my husband Mark and I spent two nights over in Warren, thus honoring our longstanding custom of getting away alone together once every 19 years. While there, we went tubing down the Mad River (easy), tried paddle boarding on Blueberry Lake (a bit more work) and, best of all, played disc golf at Sugarbush (nearly impossible).</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/18005">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201307around-bend-disc-golf-throws-players-curve" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:18:49 +0000 Luke Whelan 18005 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: My goat has a taste for finer things http://addisonindependent.com/201306jessie-raymond-my-goat-has-taste-finer-things <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-17539" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201306jessie-raymond-my-goat-has-taste-finer-things"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Jessie&#039;s goat.thumbnail.JPG" alt="Jessie&#039;s goat.JPG" title="Jessie&#039;s goat.JPG" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> JESSIE RAYMOND’S GOAT, Lucy, enjoys a spot of sunshine in the back yard before heading back into the flower garden to snack on perennials. </div> </div> </div> <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 recent morning, my husband, Mark, and I sat on the back porch with our feet up, drinking our coffee and enjoying some much-needed sunshine. A typical late spring scene, really.</p> <p> Except, perhaps, for the goat.</p> <p> Lucy, our one remaining goat, had trip-trapped onto the porch like she often does, to stare at us with her lazy yellow eyes. And smirk. She&rsquo;s always smirking.</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/17540">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201306jessie-raymond-my-goat-has-taste-finer-things" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend opinion Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:54:57 +0000 xian 17540 at http://addisonindependent.com Around the Bend: House cooling plans full of hot air http://addisonindependent.com/201306around-bend-house-cooling-plans-full-hot-air <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 Saturday night, during a period of heat-induced delirium, I briefly reconsidered my longstanding opposition to air conditioning.</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> I swear I never heard the minor piano chords threatening in the background.</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/17308">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201306around-bend-house-cooling-plans-full-hot-air" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Jessie Raymond Op/ed Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:21:32 +0000 xian 17308 at http://addisonindependent.com Around the Bend: Keeping it simple, the hard way http://addisonindependent.com/201305around-bend-keeping-it-simple-hard-way <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> Seven years ago, my husband, Mark, and I impulsively bought an old farmhouse, with land and a couple of barns. We set out to fulfill our dream of &ldquo;the simple life&rdquo;: tending animals and growing our own food.</p> <p> Yes, we are idiots.</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/17059">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201305around-bend-keeping-it-simple-hard-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Jessie Raymond Op/ed Thu, 23 May 2013 13:49:52 +0000 xian 17059 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: The waiting game can take its toll http://addisonindependent.com/201304jessie-raymond-waiting-game-can-take-its-toll <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> The other afternoon I found myself standing next to a lovely young woman. She wore a flowing ankle-length skirt and an expression of pure contentment. Her languid movements and placid countenance reflected the soul of a person who has transcended the pressures of daily life and found a space where time has no meaning.</p> <p> I wanted to kick her in the shins.</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/16603">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201304jessie-raymond-waiting-game-can-take-its-toll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Op-ed Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:17:09 +0000 xian 16603 at http://addisonindependent.com