A Yankee Notebook

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

2014

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
August 26
MARY SCHAEFER
August 19
PADDLING THE CONNECTICUT TRAIL
August 12
HIKING IN THE DARK
August 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
August 27
HARD-EARNED MONEY AND FASCINATING SKELETONS
August 20
A TRAIL TOO FAR, AND FAR TOO STEEP
August 13
THE OLYMPICS… WE’VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY!
August 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