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May 28th, 2008

Our town does its parading on Memorial Day – actually the Sunday before Memorial Day. The Fourth of July is generally celebrated with family picnics or parades in other towns. Some 30 years ago, America’s automakers did a disservice to the nation by discontinuing the production of convertibles, ever useful for parading lovelies and luminaries.….
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May 21st, 2008

The summer I turned seven my parents bought their first house. It was old and run down, and among other things needed a new driveway. My father hired Foss Webb, owner of Webb’s Trucking, to deliver some gravel. Mr. Webb had two Ford dump trucks, of the type at the top of this page. Knowing….
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May 14th, 2008

Over at the Hemmings Blog, one of the more inspired forms of journalism to emanate from southern Vermont, they’ve been obsessing of late about the fate of abandoned AMC dealerships. You may think this is the ultimate fetish on a famous forgotten marque, but it’s an important part of an underappreciated sub-culture, automotive archeology, the….
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May 7th, 2008

As April turns to May, apple blossoms follow forsythia and it’s time to mow the lawn. When I was growing up, lawn mowers were made of cast iron and had to be pushed. When I was seven, my parents bought an old house whose lawn had grown to hay. Instead of a real lawn mower….
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Serendipity: n. An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
“They were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”
Horace Walpole, The Three Princes of Serendip
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