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It's a Disaster!


Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Monday, October 1, 2001

"It's a disaster!" I hear my father's voice, intonation and exact words come out of my mouth. I've just been trying to put a new coat of solid color stain on a wall of my house; it's not covering well; all the brush strokes show. The solution might be to apply a second coat, but even that might not work. It's not the end of the world of course, but the adrenaline is already pumping and it's too late to curb my anxiety and mounting obsession.

The fall season doesn't help much. In spring, the whole summer stretches ahead of us and gives us a feeling that we have plenty of time to complete all our projects before winter sets in again. In fall, as the days become noticeably shorter, it's a mad dash to finish the outside staining job before it becomes too cold. And we still need to fix the roof and cut wood for winter heating. What will the winter bring? Will our pipes freeze? Will the tractor run okay to plow our steep driveway? Will our backs hold out through winter chores? Will terror strike again? Each season brings its own set of feelings. The passing of seasons delineates the passage of time. In "The Farm on the River of Emeralds," Moritz Thomsen writes about living in the tropics where he says the lack of seasons "obliterates the passage of time." "One feels that time has stopped and that one has endlessly postponed, maybe even permanently defeated the onslaught of old age and extinction." It is pleasant he says, "but deadening and dangerous too." He describes a tropical sunset "blazing above the hills, the light on the river as dramatic and charged as Shakespeare." But, he says, "there is no impulse to leave one's beer . . . It was the same last night; it will be the same tomorrow."

Here in the North Country, the changing of seasons excites and energizes. It represents a chance for new beginnings, a rebirth. It also reminds one of things left undone, regrets and opportunities missed.

Memories surface with the change of seasons, with the sense of time passing. What was going on at this time last fall and all the falls before it? Childhood memories wash over me--not particularly happy memories, although nothing terrible happened. My father's ever present anxieties, obsessions and perfectionism played big parts in my childhood. My sister and I had to abide by numerous intricate rules. We could only play with one toy at a time. Nothing could ever be dirty. Nothing we did was ever quite good enough. I .....
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On the Move

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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By John LevellMonday, October 22, 2001

The chill in the night air leaves little doubt that summer is actually gone. Area trees are trading their vibrant warm weather greens for more multi-hued autumn clothes. Our woodland ..... 
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Think Spring....

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, October 15, 2001

To get a head start on spring planting prepare planting areas now. If next spring is a wet one, you will be able to get out there early and sow your peas and spinach without waiting for the ground to dry ..... 
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Fall is Apple Time

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Monday, Octovber 22, 2001

Itís Sunday afternoon. Time to watch theVikings if they are winning. This usually leaves time to do something else. This particular October Sunday is cold and wet, too nasty to do much outside. I happened to stop at J ..... 
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Contemporary Bunkshooters

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Monday, October 1, 2001

The Rev. Jerry Falwell is what poet Carl Sandburg would call a bunkshooter. Pat Robertson is one too.

Full-flushing, bonafide bunkshooters. Conjurers, magicians, illusionists, pulling the wool over many peopleí ..... 
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To the Editor,

Lanesboro Public School is raising money to purchase new equipment for the school and to sponsor educational field trips. We are asking community members to help our school earn cash through a fundraising program from General M ..... 
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Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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To the Editor,

The Chatfield community has enjoyed a long tradition of excellence in student achievement and an education system we can be proud of. Your support continues to be necessary in order to offer all of our children the academic cou ..... 
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