|GOING DOWN EAST
In August 2001, Jane and I, and my cousins Judy and Art Greaves of Northampton, Massachusetts, departed Fool's Hollow for two weeks in the Maritimes. These daily reports from New Brunswick, Nova Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia were the way things looked to me at the time.HERE
DOING IRELAND &
In September 2000, Jane and I, and my cousins Judy and Art Greaves of Northampton, Massachusetts, departed Fool's Hollow for two weeks England and Ireland. The ladies had never been. Art and I had been stationed in England in the '50s, when he was in the US Navy and I was in the US army. I have beaucoup family there. It begins HERE
BUILD A WOOD-FIRED BREAD
First, gather 60 pickup truck loads of field stone, then
dig some clay...
WHERE WE'RE COMING
Yes, Fool's Hollow is for real. It's in southern Quebec,
between Tomifobia and Boynton, near Lake Memphremagog, but you can't
get here from there. As for the farm, it's where we've lived for the past 29
years. Where we raised four sons, most of our food, and various 2 and 4
Now, we do this stuff. In the single story
addition tacked on to cabin. If you're interested, here are some more PHOTOGRAPHS.
ANCIENT POTTERY FOUND BY
Diver discovers 1000-year-old jug at 40 feet in Lake
Granite & Cedar: The People and the Land of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom
To begin, there was the thrill of recognition. I knew these faces in my heart, I knew these buildings, those small vistas, the dead cars behind the barn. This was home and home, said Robert Frost, is the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in.
HOW 'BOUT SOME SOUTHERN PIT BBQ?
The secret is long and slow. Too hot and the meat will seize up and be tough and dry. You want to sneak up on it nice and slow until it just relaxes off the bones.
A series of watercolor reproductions of some of the lovely homes and churches in Stanstead, Quebec, by the late artist Rosemary Miller.
MESSING AROUND WITH GENES IS NOT OKAY WITH THIS DOCTOR
An Ontario Chiropractor takes issue with Charlie Bury's latest column. He says we have good reason to be uptight with the current headlong rush to genetic alteration. Bury's piece is here.
MESSING AROUND WITH GENES IS OKAY
Man has been doing it for thousands of years, says Charlie Bury, and it's nothing to get uptight about. Where do you think cows come from?
COLD ENOUGH TO FREEZE THE PROVERBIALS OFF A BRASS MONKEY
Listen up. It was 40 below zilch in Fool's Hollow on Tuesday morning. It warmed to 36 below Wednesay morning. At 2 a.m. Thursday it was a balmy 22 below. I chipped this icy piece out of the deepfreeze especially for all of you snowbirds who split early to Florida and Arizona and other points far south of the 45th parallel. Just wanted you to remember all the fun you're missing. Eat your heart out. Break a leg. Whatever...
MAYOR UNDER THE GUN
Mayor Harvey Lothrop of Stanstead East, QC, believes his council is out to get him and his son, Scott, the municipal secretary/treasurer. Scott is suing the town over a proposed pay cut and change of duties, and the council voted this week to move the town office from the Lothrop's house to the town hall (above photo). Now, Mayor Lothrop says he'll consider resigning by November if the town's finances look in good shape and his son's job difficulties are straightened out. MORE INSIDE
||SUSHI, CHILLED WHITE WINE,
& NERVOUS WOOLIES or FRANKLY, SCARLET, I'D RATHER BE
Captain, My Captain, the Acting Mate, and Hisself sail the Cloud Nine on Lake Memphremagog under lowering skies. There are words and pictures to prove it, in six brief episodes.
VERMONT WINE TASTING EPIC
Misterman, just down the driveway we discover the North River Winery retail outlet. The big sign reads: Free Wine Tastings! The big flag reads: OPEN. The young lady standing behind the bottle grins as we push through the door.
THE SUNSET DINNER TRAIN
Next, the soup. Reader, smack your virtual lips over this: A cold summer soup of puréed honeydew melon upon which floats several generous pinches of chipped prosciutto. Oh, yum...
CAMERAS INSTALLED ON LAKE
All-out effort to nail down the Memphre
Myth once and for all.
TRAVELS WITH THE BOG
Except for birdsong and the occasional rustling of a soft
breeze through the trees it was silent but there were stories everywhere:
The deer trails were damp and well-trafficked; here a coyote had left his
RADIO45 AUDIO VERSION
16 photographs by Quebec's René Bolduc.
ROBBIE BURNS PHOTOGRAPHS
Dufus MacDuff urges you to have a wee peek. Laird MacDuff ofTomifobia, Quebec, aid he thoroughly enjoyed both the haggis and the scotch whiskey at the Annual Robbie Burns Festival held January 27 at the Haskell Library in Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec. He put it this way: "Och, there was singing and dancing and free whiskey, and poetry and piping and free whiskey, and fiddle playing and jokes and free whiskey. There weren't many places to sit but everyone had a great old time. And did I mention the free whiskey?" Listen to Radio45 report.
CLIFF FAIR SNAPSHOTS
you'll see someone you know -- sooner or later, everyone goes to the Fair.
Being a complete and uncensored report of what bodacious
Country Superstar Shania Twain says she applies all over her lovely bod,
who makes it, how they do it, and where you can get it. We continue
JUST FOLKS SERIES
Real people living real lives in real places.
TORCHED COVERED BRIDGE REBUILT
It took two years but traffic is again flowing across the Black River, just outside of Coventry, Vermont. Halloween arsonists burned the 116-year-old Orne Bridge in 1997. On Monday, November 29, a near-replica was officially opened.
NO MORE BABIES,
The doctor was 99 percent certain that snippy little
procedure was bulletproof.
Put yourself between two bitterly opposed groups of
people and write a story. If both sides like it, that's ok. If neither side likes
it, that's better. But if one side likes it and the other hates it, you've got
something fundamentally wrong.
1 IN A MILLION
How safe is
chiropractic? This chiropractor says the literature shows adjusments are
safer than taking aspirin or riding a bicycle.
"They thought it would never happen. The colonizers
that is. They thought that we would fade away, assimilate or just die out
before the end of the last century. But we fooled them. We're still here, as
feisty as ever."
WE HAVE A DREAM,
"There's an ongoing crisis right here in this land, a
slow, grinding and devastating human crisis that is overtaking our First
Nations peoples, right in Canada's own backyard." ~ AFN National
Chief Matthew Coon Come.
AIR FORCE BRAT
Growing up an American nomad. First in an
occasional series: What's Your Story?