Month: December 2013

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Christmas Eve in Vermont

Two days ago we had an ice storm. From our point of view, it didn’t come to much; we never lost power and all our preparation was for nothing. We got a quarter inch of ice on our branches and deck railings and so…

Winter Solstice Ice Storm

So, we had an ice storm last night … most of the freezing rain and icing came in the hours after midnight, but even the evening hours were pretty slick. We did the usual stuff Vermonters do when an ice storm is coming —…

Regarding Homosexuality And My “Friends”

I have never watched “Duck Dynasty” and didn’t exactly lose a lot of sleep over the show’s patriarch Phil Robertson, going on a homophobic rant. As someone else said somewhere, what do you expect when you put on a reality show about dyed-in-the-wool rednecks?…

What I’m Listening To This Christmas

I’ve got all this downtime because I didn’t use any vacation to speak of all year — I’m basically taking December off. Unfortunately, Carole’s working, so I’ve got the shortest days of the year in this wintry northern climate ALL TO MYSELF. It’d be…

Anyone know what this is?

Yes, I’ve actually got an old rotary telephone on my desk in my home office. It’s functional and works for both incoming and outgoing calls. If you zoom in and look closely at the phone, you’ll see that it has an old Dayton, Ohio…

If you watch only one movie trailer today, make it be this one

For twenty years I’ve been a supporter of the Duke University Lemur Center’s mission to save these exciting, charming, zany prosimian primates from extinction. And I can honestly say that in all that time, no video related to that mission has excited me as…

Watch “How To Wrap A Cat For Christmas” on YouTube

Wherein Elizabeth Reid Is A Very Cool Person

Life hasn’t been easy this week. My father had a stroke on Sunday, and a couple of other family members have had a significant and upsetting upheaval in their lives. I’ve been wandering around feeling sort of shell-shocked. One of the unfortunate things about…

Dad’s stroke

Dad (Keith Furr) had a massive stroke on Sunday. I was hanging out at the apartment of one of Carole’s friends on Sunday afternoon — someone I don’t actually really know, with a lot on my mind already (never mind why), and I wasn’t…

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