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A Yankee Notebook

—my weekly column which appears in several New England newspapers.

2016

Nov.21, 2016
AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT
Nov. 14, 2016
BECOMING DAD
Nov. 7, 2016
DEMOCRACY…WIN SOME, LOSE SOME
Oct. 31, 2016
ANNIVERSARIES
Oct. 24, 2016
WRECKING THE CADDY
Oct. 17, 2016
PUNDITS
Oct. 10, 2016
HURRICANE OF ‘38
Oct. 3, 2016
BIG TROUT STILL LIVE HERE
Sep. 26, 2016
FREEDOM
Sep. 19, 2016
PRESIDENTIAL ILLNESSES
Sep. 12, 2016
FLAGS ON THE 48
Sep. 5, 2016
NAKED AND AFRAID
Aug. 29, 2016
JOHNS BROOK LODGE 60 YEARS LATER
Aug. 22, 2016
PARKS
Aug. 15, 2016
IT AIN’T COMIN’ BACK
Aug. 8, 2016
SUPERANNUATION
Aug. 1, 2016
A PLACE TO RETURN TO
Jul. 25, 2016
WATCHING TRAIN WRECKS
Jul. 18, 2016
LAKES OF THE CLOUDS
Jul. 11, 2016
TRAIL MAGIC
Jul. 4, 2016
CANCER, THE UNWELCOME GUEST
Jun. 27, 2016
IN THE COMPANY OF BEARS
Jun. 20, 2016
MEMORIES OF HUNTING CAMP
Jun. 13, 2016
COWBOY CULTURE
Jun. 6, 2016
MAKE AMERICA GREAT
May 30, 2016
ETHICS AND SPORT
May 23, 2016
WILLI AND TOM
May 16, 2016
SPEAKING IN TONGUES
May 9, 2016
ROAD TRIPS
May 2, 2016
TREES
Apr. 25, 2016
ONE MONTH ON, TWO MONTHS BACK
Apr. 18, 2016
DEALING WITH THE INEVITABLE
Apr. 11, 2016
CLIMBING MOOSE MOUNTAIN WITH A GHOST
Apr. 4, 2016
KIDS THESE DAYS...ARE JUST FINE.
Mar. 28, 2016
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Mar. 21, 2016
LOOKING NORTH AT THE EQUINOX
Mar. 14, 2016
A VISIT FROM THE FBI
Mar. 7, 2016
PADDLERS’ GATHERING
Feb. 29, 2016
YES, THIS IS BAD, BUT IT’S BEEN WORSE
Feb. 22, 2016
THE CUBAN EMBARGO – TIME TO GET OVER IT
Feb. 15, 2016
KEEPING TRACK IN VERMONT
Feb. 8, 2016
WALLY BALLOU HAS FINALLY MADE IT HOME
Feb. 1, 2016
CONSERVATIVES IN TATTERS
Jan. 25, 2016
STONINGTON
Jan. 18, 2016
AMERICA THROUGH NEW EYES
Jan. 11, 2016
LOGGING, BOSSES, AND THE GOOD OLD DAYS
Jan. 4, 2016
PATIENCE

2015

Dec. 28, 2015
SOUNDS FROM A NOT SO DISTANT PAST
Dec. 21, 2015
ZOOMING TOWARD THE LIGHT AGAIN
Dec. 14, 2015
AMERICAN DEMAGOGUES
Dec. 7, 2015
WORLD WAR II – UNANIMITY
Nov. 30, 2015
THE BEETLE: THOUSANDS OF MILES OF SMILES
Nov. 23, 2015
PULLING UP THE LADDER BEHIND US
Nov. 16, 2015
SASHA THE MIRACLE DOG
Nov. 9, 2015
I KNOW IT’S IN HERE SOMEWHERE
Nov. 2, 2015
A LONG-REMEMBERED HONEYMOON
Oct. 26, 2015
DREAMS OF LEAVES AND LEAVING
Oct. 19, 2015
JEFFREYS LEDGE
Oct. 12, 2015
REPURPOSING COLUMBUS DAY
Oct. 5, 2015
GUNS, GUTS, AND BUMPER STICKERS
Sept. 28, 2015
THE BLASKETS – A VANISHED EDEN
Sept. 21, 2015
THE EQUINOCTIAL DIMMER SWITCH
Sept. 14, 2015
STRANGERS AND REFUGEES
Sept. 7, 2015
A MINORITY OF THINKING PEOPLE
Aug. 31, 2015
CAMPING WITH THE KIDS AFTER 44 YEARS
Aug. 24, 2015
GRIT, GUMPTION, FISH, AND MOLSON’S
Aug. 17, 2015
BACCALIEU
Aug. 10, 2015
CUSTER’S LAST BATTLE
Aug. 3, 2015
BIG TROUT ON THE BIGHORN RIVER
July 26, 2015
JOHN STARK, PART-TIME HERO
July 20, 2015
DETERMINING WHAT’S ROT AND WHAT’S NOT
June 13
THE BEST, THE BRIGHTEST, AND THE TRIVIAL
July 6
ALZHEIMER’S – PADDLING AGAINST THE WIND
June 29
PRETTY GOOD LIVES
June 22
WAKING THE GIANT
June 15
OUR LOVE AFFAIR WITH DESPERADOES
June 8
THE TOUGH LIVES OF BIRDS
June 1
NATURE-DEFICIT DISORDER
May 25
THE LITTLE ENGINES THAT COULD
May 18
SPRING – FINALLY! – IN VERMONT
May 11
READY OR NOT, HERE THEY COME!
May 4
CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND COMMON SENSE
April 27
NEW ENGLAND WHALERS
April 20
LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT-SIZE BED
April 13
VIRGINIA IN THE CIVIL WAR: WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?
April 6
A DEATH ON THE MOUNTAIN
March 30
THE INCREDIBLE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT
March 23
TEACHING THE KIDS A LESSON
March 16
ITINERARIES: MOTHER’S NEW POLARITY
March 9
A COLD NIGHT CAMPING IN VERMONT
March 2
SPRINGING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK
February 23
A DOWNHILL PULL ON SPRING
February 16
THE ICE SHIP
February 9
HALFWAY THROUGH
February 2
CONFLICT: OUR DEFAULT MODE?
January 26
HYPERVENTILATING WEATHER FORECASTERS
January 19
ARE WE EVOLVING – OR WHAT?
January 12
CARTOONS, IDEOLOGUES, AND RELIGION
January 5
WHEN IN ROMAN...

2014

December 29
A WARM SPOT ON A COLD DAY
December 22
¡CUBA SI! LET’S DO IT!
December 15
OMENS AND HOPE IN THE MEXICAN DESERT
December 8
ST.-GUILHEM AND ITS FOUNDER
December 1
1941–1945: THE BEST OF TIMES...
November 24
THERE’S ROOM AT THE TABLE
November 17
PILGRIMAGE TO HELL GATE
November 10
BARE NOVEMBER DAYS
November 3
AN ANNIVERSARY
October 27
WHAT DO YOU SAY TO A NAKED MAN?
October 20
WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE WE AFRAID OF?
October 13
THIS MOUNTAIN STANDS ALONE IN MEMORY, TOO
October 6
MEMORIES OF HUNTING CAMP
Sept. 29
MOUNTAIN DAY AT COLBY-SAWYER
Sept. 22
ROARING DOWN MEMORY LANE
Sept. 15
JOHN FRANKLIN: MORE OF THE STORY
Sept. 8
EIGHT MORE LIVES OF THIS?
Sept. 1
INTERESTING PEOPLE
Aug. 25
CREATING CAMELOT OFF THE COAST OF MAINE
Aug. 18
PADDLING THE RIVER FOR A CAUSE
Aug. 11
THE OLD SONGS – I MISS ‘EM!
Aug. 4
OLD PHOTOS AND THE LEANTO CREW
July 27
THE GREAT NORTH WOODS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
July 20
THE EMERALD NECKLACE
July 13
BATS ARE EVERYWHERE
July 6
KIDS THESE DAYS – THEY’RE DOING JUST FINE
June 29
THE HEYDAY OF PROPER ENGLISH AND FOOLISHNESS
June 22
BUFFALOES AND BIRDS
June 15
IT’S NOT JUST THE WATER THAT’S HOT IN ICELAND
June 8
SAGAS AND VOLCANOES
June 1
GRASSLAND BIRDS IN ONTARIO
May 26
PORTLAND: GREEN AND BRAINY
May 19
BEAUTY ON WHEELS
May 12
SIGNS OF SPRING IN VERMONT
May 5
A REAL EYE-OPENER
April 28
IF YOU CAN’T BEAT ‘EM, OUTLAST ‘EM
April 21
GOOD DAY, GOOD FRIENDS, GOOD MOUNTAIN
April 14
IS THAT A TRUE STORY?
April 7
COMPUTERS ON WHEELS
March 31
EIGHTEEN-SIXTEEN WAS WORSE
March 24
ANATOMY OF A SCAM
March 17
THE HIBERNIANS
March 10
IF SHE CAN CARRY A CANOE...
March 3
THE SEVERAL ENDS OF THE WORLD
February 24
SKIING LABRADOR CITY
February 16
WEATHER BREEDER
February 10
THE FAITHS OF OUR FATHERS
February 3
THE RETURN OF THE NATIVES
January 27
THE STUFF OF OUR LIVES
January 20
A NEW VIEW OF EVERYTHING
January 13
LIVING WITH ICE
January 6
A DATE WITH PHIL

2013

December 30
FLYING DOWNHILL – FLEXIBLY
December 23
IN THE QUIET JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS
December 16
THE LAST DAYS OF THE OLD BOB RUN
December 9
GHOSTLY VISITOR FROM THE NORTH
December 2
LIVING IN THE DARK OF MIDWINTER
November 25
THE WIRED AND WAY-AHEAD STATE OF VERMONT
November 18
A HIKE TO A LONG AGO PLANE CRASH
November 11
BULLYING – JUST BOYS BEING BOYS?
November 4
TAMARACK – SYMBOL OF THE NORTH
October 28
GUY FAWKES LIVES!
October 21
NOT MY KIND OF TEA PARTY
October 14
A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME SAFARI
October 7
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THEY DO
September 30
OLD MEMORIES STIRRED IN MAPLE CORNER
September 23
WE’RE AT OUR WORST WHEN WE FIGHT EACH OTHER
September 16
THE WARRIOR HIKERS
September 9
DISTANT SHORES – DEBSCONEAG LAKE
September 1
HAUNTED HIKES
Aug. 26
MARY SCHAEFER
Aug. 19
PADDLING THE CONNECTICUT TRAIL
Aug. 12
HIKING IN THE DARK
Aug. 5
THE MYSTERY OF DOGTOWN
July 29
MOUNT GREYLOCK
July 22
DEVIL’S GULCH IN THE HEART OF EDEN
July 15
PATIENCE, PRESSURE, AND TIME
July 8
LAND OF GOLD, SILVER, COWBOYS, AND FISH
July 1
FISHING IN THE WAKE OF LEWIS AND CLARK
June 24
MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS
June 17
STIFLING THE MEDIA
June 10
LAST REUNION
June 3
DEBATE AND POLICY IN A FREE NATION
May 27
WHITEWASHING AMERICAN HISTORY
May 20
A LIFETIME OF INCREASING POSSIBILITIES
May 13
FLIES, TAMARACKS, AND PERIWINKLE
May 6
THOUGH MUCH IS TAKEN, SOMETHING YET ABIDES
April 29
THE WELCOME GUESTS OF SPRING
April 22
BASEBALLS, BIRDS, AND BUICKS IN CUBA
April 15
CUBA: IT DEPENDS ON HOW YOU LOOK AT IT
April 8
EXOTIC IS WHERE YOU FIND IT
April 1
BOOT CAMP = PROPER ENGLISH
March 25
THE LORD IS RISEN INDEED!
March 18
FREEZING FOR A COMET
March 11
THE RECOVERING WOODS OF MAINE
March 4
DUD AND I ON THE IDITAROD TRAIL
February 25
FOLLOWING ULYSSES INTO NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND
February 18
SECOND AMENDMENT MYTHOLOGY
February 11
YOU’VE GOT TO BE TAUGHT
February 4
FIFTY PER CENT COMPLETE
January 28
THERE OUGHTTA BE A LAW!
January 21
ISLAM: WHAT WE DON’T KNOW CAN HURT US
January 14
FREEDOM AND FANTASY
January 7
FISHING WITH ALFRED

2012

December 31
IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES, IT WAS...
December 24
PARTRIDGES, PEAR TREES, AND CHICKADEES
December 17
TACKLING SCROOGE AT THIS FESTIVE SEASON
December 10
SAILING AGAINST A CHANGING TIDE
December 3
ADVENTURES AND HUMMINGBIRDS IN ECUADOR
November 26
THE ROAD THROUGH HISTORY TO HUNTING CAMP
November 19
WOODY GUTHRIE AND THE OLD DUST BOWL
November 12
HALIFAX – A LOT GOING ON AT THE END OF THE WORLD
November 5
HIKING A BIT OF THE PILGRIM TRAIL
October 29
WHEN THE WHEELS FALL OFF YOUR PLAN...
October 22
WHERE’D ALL THE SAND COME FROM?
October 15
WHEN IN FRANCE
October 8
A HAPPY CORNER OF THE GRANITE STATE
October 1
A BUSY WEEK ENDS WITH A LOOP
September 24
TOM COLLINS, OLD BICYCLES, AND LIMESTONE
September 17
TOM AND ATTICUS
September 10
A DIPLOMA AND ALL TEN FINGERS
September 3
THE LAST OF THE OLD WHITE GUYS
Aug. 27
HARD-EARNED MONEY AND FASCINATING SKELETONS
Aug. 20
A TRAIL TOO FAR, AND FAR TOO STEEP
Aug. 13
THE OLYMPICS… WE’VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY!
Aug. 6
LOOKING DOWN ON HISTORY
July 30
THANKS, BERNIE!
July 23
MORE TWEED, LESS CARHARTT
July 16
A BAT OUT OF...WHERE?
July 9
LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE: A TRIP BACK IN TIME
July 2
THE HEIGHT OF LUXURY
June 25
DEVOLVING INTO THE DARK AGES
June 18
SAILING WITH MY FATHER
June 11
PADDLING THE UPPER CONNECTICUT
June 4
A BULLY LIFE, FULLY SPENT
May 28
CREATURES OF HABIT – FOR BETTER OR WORSE
May 21
GROWING INTO OUR HISTORY
May 14
AMERICANS – WE’RE EXCEPTIONAL, ALL RIGHT!
May 7
A VERNAL ELEGY
April 30
LITTLE BITS OF MEMORY
April 23
LIVING IN A BATTLEGROUND
April 16
ARKANSAS – WHO KNEW?
April 9
LIFE ON THE RIVER – THEN AND NOW
April 2
FEAR AND GUNS
March 26
THE GOOD NEWS OF HARD TIMES
March 19
THE LAST NASTY GASPS OF THE OLD WHITE GUYS
March 12
WE’RE LUCKY OUR PLAYGROUND HAS SUPERVISION
March 5
SHOOTING TROPICAL BIRDS AND SCHOOLCHILDREN
February 27
LEAP YEAR: SLOWING DOWN FOR THE SUN
February 17
CONSERVATIVE INTELLIGENCE?
February 13
CAMPING WITH THE SCOUTS – AGAIN
February 6
THE GAME IS AT LAST OVER, AND WINTER ALMOST
January 30
HIGH TEA AND HIGH DRAMA
January 23
THE CIRCUS EXCITES THE IGNORANT, AND MOVES ON
January 16
TRAVELING THROUGH TIME TO MONTREAL
January 9
HISTORIC SMEAR CAMPAIGNS
January 2
A NEW YEARS DAY (CLIMBING) PARTY

2011

Photo by Willem Lange