We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.

Ray Bradbury

Everybody Loves a Parade

Everybody loves a parade, and in Vermont, Independence Day is so loved that towns coordinate their event schedules so you can take in more than one. Waterbury’s parade was Saturday, June 30th, and, while herself and I arrived in plenty of time for the official...

This is just so wrong…

I’m hugely appreciative of Grist and their take on issues relevant to the environment and sustainable living, but I have to draw the line somewhere. That line is here: Grist’s Guide to Meat-free Grilling. I come from a cow-town. For me the very definition...

What I Did With My Memorial Day Weekend

I know, I know… a crawfish boil isn’t a native Vermont tradition. And having mudbugs flown in live from Louisiana isn’t exactly in the spirit of that whole eatin’ locally thing. But sometimes ya just gotta do what ya gotta do. Whooee. A good...

She don’t lie, she don’t lie…

CNN reports that a Las Vegas based beverage company is pulling it’s energy drink — named “Cocaine” — from store shelves nationwide. Seems they’ve run into something of an image problem with its label. Redux Beverages company...

On the calculus of memory (or lack thereof)

New Castle lies on the seacoast of New Hampshire, a three hour drive from my home in Vermont. Along the way the road weaves through Vermont’s Green Mountains and New Hampshire’s Boreal forest, and most every turn reveals another postcard-perfect view of...

On the Road…

I’m on the road — destination New Castle, New Hampshire — where I’ll be presenting a usability session at the annual VT/NH DMG conference. This is a new presentation for me; a new platform (Keynote), new tools (MacBook) and lots and lots of...

I had a light bulb moment this week…

While I’ve long been ecologically-minded, I’m the first to admit that such mindfulness hasn’t always translated into action. I recycle… largely ’cause my community makes it so darn easy. I choose Energy Star rated appliances. I’m...

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare!

And in honor of the occasion, mark well The Essential Hamlet — His heart tied in torturous loops, Hamlet fears he hears someone that snoops What ho! It’s a rat! Take this! And take that! Oh! Sorry, Polonius (oops). King C., full of regal concern Sends...

Now this is just almost embarrassing…

But not so embarrassing that I won’t post it… The Vermont/New Hampshire Direct Marketing Group has made me a poster boy of sorts for their (19th Annual!) conference at the lovely Wentworth by the Sea Hotel and Spa in New Castle, New Hampshire. I understand...

Coffee Notes, Friday the 13th Edition

I really want to continue the organic coffee thread (and I will) but I’m putting in altogether too much time on a super-duper-secret, very special, Special Reserve coffee for Green Mountain. Happily I won’t have to keep it secret much longer (I hate...

Spring Beckons in Vermont

Today proved bright and sunny and just begged for a bit of a drive. There’s a hundred roads that crisscross their way through the nooks and crannies of Vermont’s smooth domes and craggy hills, and each one opens up a new vista like a brightly-wrapped...

Maple Sugaring Time in Vermont

Maple sugaring is a tradition that has flourished at the Isham family farm for five generations. It’s on the verge of a sixth generation — Mike Isham’s daughter Jennifer may well prove to be the first iPod-wearing sugarer in Vermont — provided...

Another Holiday, Another Blizzard

Just when our beloved but neurotic golden retriever was acclimating once again to peeing on grass — “The green stuff… that’s right, pee on the green stuff! — here comes yet another winter storm. Not quite the 30 plus inch dump we had on...

There’s More to Life (and Portland) than Coffee

While planning my trip to Portland and casting about for places to go and people to see, a wise man — and, incidentally, a specialty coffee luminary — steered me in a direction I wouldn’t have expected, saying, “You know, there’s more to...
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