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Pass the Flowing Bowl

When Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys helped Benedict Arnold seize Fort Ticonderoga, they apparently wanted to celebrate the occasion.  In 1775 these two men, who couldn’t be more different, led the attack on the lightly defended fort, winning it without a fight.  British soldiers stations there hadn’t heard about Lexington and Concord yet,…

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February Sunset

Waiting on February sunsets and dreaming of the road.  I’m… tired.  Good time to look at some sun dappled water. You’ve got your passion, you’ve got your pride But don’t you know that only fools are satisfied? Dream on, but don’t imagine they’ll all come true When will you realize, Vienna waits for you? –…

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Joshua Slocum

Joshua Slocum On April 24, 1895, Joshua Slocum sailed out of Fairhaven, Massachusetts on his gaff-rigged sloop Spray.  He returned to Newport, Rhode Island on June 27, 1898, and documented that incredible solo sail around the globe in his book Sailing Alone Around the World.  His trip and the book were worldwide phenomenons, and Slocum…

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Seeing Legends

I was driving back from a basketball game when I heard Steely Dan’s My Old School played.  It occurred to me, not for the first time, that I never did take the opportunity to see them play live before  Walter Becker died.  I didn’t go see Tom Petty either.  Or a hundred other legends that…

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Foraging in New England

Foraging in New England When Roger’s Rangers were hiking through the hostile woods of Vermont trying to evade the French and Native Americans, more than 40 died of starvation.  When Benedict Arnold and his troops hiked through the woods of Maine on their way to invade Quebec, starvation was a very real possibility.  And yet…

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New Hampshire Grant

New Hampshire Grant The land that is today Vermont was once claimed by Massachusetts, New York and New Hampshire.  The Massachusetts claim originated from a fort established in the Connecticut River Valley in present-day Brattleboro.  New York based their claim on original Dutch territorial claims that all the lands west of the Connecticut River to…

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Flip

One of the most popular drinks available in colonial times was a concoction called flip.  I first learned about flip from a great book called And a Bottle of Rum, written by Wayne Curtis.  This is by far the most interesting book I’ve ever read on the subject, and it’s proven to be a source…

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Resistance, Habits and Progress

Resistance, Habits and Progress “We’re wounded by fearInjured in doubtI can lose myselfYou I can’t live without” – U2, Red Hill Mining Town Bono is singing about his relationship with God with those lyrics.  I’m not inclined to embrace religion in the same way.  I’m more pragmatic I guess.  A higher power?  A creator?  I…

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Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester

The history of the American Revolution is weighted towards the dignity and heroism of the colonists who rose up and demanded their independence.  The winners always write the history.  But there were characters on the other side of this fight who were heroes as well.  Guy Carleton is one of those heroes. I’ve visited Carleton…

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Rum

Life for the settlers of North America was hard.  Scraping together enough food to eat from the cold land was certainly challenging.  Having enough food to eat was a daily challenge for settlers.  Compounding this was a general distrust of water was prevalent throughout the colonies as water harbored cholera and other diseases.  Tea was…