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

Happy Thanksgiving

  Best wishes to one and all for a warm and happy holiday season. I had thought that — much like that ol’ tradition of Thanksgiving dinners past — I should make a list of all those things that I’m thankful for. And so I started that list....

NaNoWriMo, or, How to Write Crap and Love It

It’s November, and that means: It’s Nanowrimo, or National Novel Writing Month. That’s right friends and neighbors. You, too, can join the throng and discover just how much pure, unexpurgated drivel you dump in your word processor in just thirty...

Watch “Black Gold” with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Join Rick Peyser, Green Mountain Coffee Roaster’s Director of Social Advocacy and Outreach for a special screening of the award-winning documentary, Black Gold. See what *really* goes into your coffee cup, and why the L.A. Times calls this movie, “riveting...

An Autumn Tour of Mt. Mansfield, VT

An autumn tour of Mt. Mansfield, by way of Cambridge and Jericho, VT.1 (Five images… click the snowy mountain to start.) Yes, you may have seen some of these before. I’m reposting some images that were lost in the server crash last week, and I’ve...

Autumn is the Bestest Season Reason #142

While I’m a fan of most things seasonal, I’m not a fan of all seasonal beers. Spring offers too-sweet Maibocks. Summer brings out pale and pallid pilseners and Hefeweizen and their ilk. Autumn though… well that’s another story. Give me the hale...

Where Are the Great Good Places?

In a coffee shop, and with her infant daughter snoozing at her elbow, a single mom — recently divorced, and struggling to make ends meet — writes a story about a boy wizard and an enchanted school. She writes in a coffee shop not for inspiration, but...

This Modern Life

It’s remarkable the ways the Internet has transformed us. We’ve been quietly beguiled by technology that doesn’t look or feel like, well… like technology. We’re connected — inexorably, insidiously connected — in ways that just...

iPhones, Black Holes and Stickin’ It to The Man

The state of Vermont is a black hole so far as AT&T is concerned… they offer no direct cellular service here, only a roaming agreement through Vermont’s regional carrier, Unicel. Which is neither here nor there, unless you want to buy an iPhone. And...

What I’m Listening To

Seems most everything I do — writing, coding, cupping coffee or catching up on my reading pile — I do to music. I don’t have anything against silence, mind you… but life is richer with a soundtrack. And right now that soundtrack calls for an...

Final Thoughts on Harry Potter

Don’t Panic! No spoilers are found in clear-text… Having closed the cover of Deathly Hallows, I’m ever more impressed with the skills of author J.K. Rowling. I think that — much as her characters have matured, and found new depths — so...

Simple Cyphers Every Muggle Should Know

If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series — and I am — this last run-up to a book release has you sort of twitchy. Spoilers — or potential spoilers — lurk around most every corner, and sometimes in seemingly innocuous places. Simply...

This just in…

Springfield, Vermont wins! Woohoo! (I think.) An update:1 Springfield, Illinois thinks we cheated. While Illinois *does* know from vote fraud, Vermont’s governor is unperturbed. In a statement issued Tuesday, Vermont Gov. James Douglas called his state’s...

Green(er) Mountain Coffee Roasters

Green Mountain Coffee gets a little greener still with the ribbon-cutting today of its new biodiesel fueling center. I’m currently waiting to see if Vermont’s legislature can get its act together and pass new legislation supporting clean diesel in the...

Lest We Forget…

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s...

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