Vermont Baked Beans (because I said so)

Ok, a bit of a departure here for me, but it is the time of year when baked beans are very popular, at least with me. My grandmother made baked beans and always brought them to every family gathering. I loved them, and I asked her to teach me how to bake beans. I wanted …

Something I Have Noticed About Rural Vermont (and I am a lifelong Vermonter)

We all like and enjoy the pastoral and country images that are brought to mind when we think of rural Vermont. For years, publications like “Vermont Life” and “Yankee Magazine” have depended on all the enjoyment their readers got from the simpler, peaceful, and nostalgic way of life these images have conveyed on their pages. …

More of a local issue, but maybe bigger – atvs

Fair warning: I have submitted this piece to the “Times-Argus” Something not considered in the atv story – the homeowner This piece will create a pile of opposition, but I am sorry, it needs to be said. Just like there are good motorists and bad motorists, there are also good atv users and bad ones. …

No, We Are Not Exceptional -spoiler alert – (I am bitching about our health care insurance system)

Yesterday, I spent over 3 hours (closer to 4 hours than 3) on the phone trying to dig out of a health insurance debacle. This tragedy started on Sunday when I went to pick up my wife’s prescriptions at the Walmart Pharmacy. The pharmacy tech asked me if I was prepared to pay over $300.00 …

Pointing Out Some Hypocrisy

I noticed that the state of Louisiana has issued evacuation orders to its citizens in the path of incoming Hurricane Ida. These orders are being made to protect the citizens of Louisiana and provide for public safety. This can easily be described as an order that restricts or takes away individual rights. Historically, states in …

A Man At Peace With His World (me and power tools)

This is a hard post to write, not because it is dripping in some sort of partisanship, but because it is about me and the stage of life I am now in. For those of you that know me, you know my age is 69 and I will be 70 this November. I am far …

What I Think About Where We Are At This Time With The Pandemic

To dispel the idea that a large part of the labor force is choosing to sit at home and live the good life on unemployment: A significant number of Americans in the age 50 and older group chose to retire since the beginning of the Pandemic; for many, the choice is having some quality time …