Garden Dreams, the NEK.

This is the time of year when I start dreaming about my garden.  I am haunted by what lies underneath that implacably deep layer of snow.  Today, it’s been snowing hard since 5am, so the spring seems even further in the distance.  But I pulled out my gardening schedule anyway.  This is the timetable IContinue reading “Garden Dreams, the NEK.”

Susan McVetty for Guildhall Selectboard

Once again, Town Meeting is upon us.  I’m less involved in town politics than I used to be (I was Town Clerk and Treasurer for 6 years, before I started to practice law).  But I still vote and campaign when there are issues I care about on the warning, or when there are contested races.Continue reading “Susan McVetty for Guildhall Selectboard”

The Honorable Allen Hodgdon: Architectural Historian of Essex County

Believe it or not, Guildhall, Vermont is home to an accomplished architectural historian.  Allen Hodgdon was born in Granby, Vermont and lived his entire life–except for going away to college and graduate school–in Lancaster, NH and Guildhall.  Allen was the first person Edward and I met when we moved here from Boston in 2004.  WeContinue reading “The Honorable Allen Hodgdon: Architectural Historian of Essex County”

A Town Without A School: Guildhall, Vt

Since the late 20th century, there just haven’t been many schools in Essex County.  The four biggest towns, Concord, Lunenburg, Brighton, and Canaan, all have their own schools.  And until the last decade, two small-town schools remained, one here in Guildhall and one in East Haven.  Most of these late 20th century schools have beenContinue reading “A Town Without A School: Guildhall, Vt”

The 2018 Down and Dirty

In January, Vermont legalized possession (but not purchase and sale) of marijuana.  We still don’t have the more sensible, tax-and-regulate system that states like Colorado, Oregon, and now Massachusetts do, but the Vermont legislature appears to be headed in that direction, maybe even in the 2019 session. We celebrated St Patrick’s Day by hosting aContinue reading “The 2018 Down and Dirty”

Late October in a Northeast Kingdom Garden

The tomatoes, eggplant and peppers have gone by, sadly, and I’ve harvested all the squash and cucumbers.   But we still have a lot of kale, arugala and swiss chard in the ground.  Might even last into December if we throw some garden fabric over it. Inside the hoop greenhouse, there is spinach, lettuce, mesclun, mizuna,Continue reading “Late October in a Northeast Kingdom Garden”

I’m Licensed to Practice Law in New Hampshire!

I’ve been a practicing Vermont lawyer since 2012.  Here’s a screenshot of my law partner Tiffany Young and I.  Visit our website here, if you’re interested.  I’m a trial lawyer with a focus on criminal law, tenant-landlord law, juvenile law, municipal law and employment/labor law. Earlier this year, I finally ended the procrastination and submittedContinue reading “I’m Licensed to Practice Law in New Hampshire!”

Dreaming of Vermont: Consider Essex County, Wild, Unspoiled and Tourist-Free

Do you dream of a move to Vermont, or dream of owning a second home here?  Are you interested, however,  in a more authentic and untouched part of the state?  Is there really such a place left in Vermont?  This post is dedicated to you then, the ones who’d prefer to avoid the stereotypes, theContinue reading “Dreaming of Vermont: Consider Essex County, Wild, Unspoiled and Tourist-Free”

A Day for Gardening: Flowers, Herbs, Vegetables.

For lunch today, we had a salad from the garden, with arugala, sorrel, lettuce, spinach, radishes, and chives.  (We threw in some olives too, but no, I don’t have an olive tree here in northern Vermont.)  It was so satisfying, even magical, to sit on the porch  and look out at the garden as weContinue reading “A Day for Gardening: Flowers, Herbs, Vegetables.”

Earth Day, 2018, In My Corner of Vermont

April 22.  The day that my universe expanded to the outdoors.  Although a chilly wind blew periodically today, the temperature soared  to 58 degrees and the sun shone consistently,  radiating warmth.  I felt body and soul relax, as I threw open windows and doors, started turning over the soil in my raised beds, raked andContinue reading “Earth Day, 2018, In My Corner of Vermont”