Welcome to My Green Vermont

I was born in Barcelona, where I went to a school run by German nuns, studied solfeggio, and played the violin. When I was ten, my parents and I moved to Ecuador, where I had a number of exotic pets and strange adventures. Four years later, we landed in Birmingham, Alabama. None of us spoke English, and the strange adventures continued. (Many of these appear in My Green Vermont.)

Survived high school. Got B.A. in French and Biology, Ph.D. in Romance Languages (French and Spanish). Gave up the Church and the violin, got married, had two daughters, taught at a liberal arts college in Maryland. Also grew veggies, made bread, kept chickens, milked goats, and wrote for newspapers and magazines. I got bored with teaching, took up running, and went into higher ed administration. I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), and learned to live in a totally different way.

I started My Green Vermont when we moved to that state. For ten years I lived with my spouse, three dogs, twelve hens, two goats, and assorted passing wildlife in a house on a hill, surrounded by fields and woods. In 2014, we moved to a cottage in a continuing care residential community near Lake Champlain. Gave up livestock and vegetable gardening in favor of wild birds, honeybees, a little red dog, and a gray cat.

My Green Vermont is a fertile compost pile made up of stories about the weirdness of growing up in three countries and three languages; portraits of beloved animals, both wild and domestic; and reflections on aging, being kind to the earth, and staying as calm as possible. I hope you will visit often, and add your own stories and reactions.

My Green Vermont
Latest Posts

The Matrilineal Omelet

During my childhood in Barcelona, every night at 10 p.m., Spanish dinner time, we would eat an omelet. We had had the main meal at lunch: soup, followed by fish,

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Feline Minuet

It’s almost midnight, and I am at that point in the falling-asleep process when rational thought takes off in quirky directions: I am helping a team of surgeons to perform

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Resolution Solution

“Think!” my father would say when I complained of boredom. “An intelligent person is never bored.” Not wanting to disappoint him, I early retreated to the inside of my cranium,

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Horse and Carriage

This is a summer story, but because it always took place in the dark of night, I am remembering it at this dark time of year. As soon as school

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Sir Ed and the Xfinity Lady

My spouse puts the cell phone on speaker and dials Xfinity. I hover nearby, wringing my hands, prey to the anxiety that comes over me whenever we need to contact

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One Writer’s Morning

7:30 a.m. Emerge from bedroom. Avoid tripping over sashaying cat. Pulling parka hood down over face so passersby won’t recognize self in pajamas, accompany dog outside. Wait patiently in snow

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The Glitch Is Gone!

I apologize for the technical glitch with my last post. Everything is working now, and you can see yesterday’s post here: https://mygreenvermont.com/advent-calendar/

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Advent Calendar

Many years ago, before Santa and his avatars invaded southern Europe, a Catalan Christmas was mostly about midnight Mass, and manger scenes with shepherds, angels, and el Nen Jesús, so

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My Green Vermont
Latest Posts

The Matrilineal Omelet

During my childhood in Barcelona, every night at 10 p.m., Spanish dinner time, we would eat an omelet. We had had the main meal at lunch: soup, followed by fish,

Read More »

Feline Minuet

It’s almost midnight, and I am at that point in the falling-asleep process when rational thought takes off in quirky directions: I am helping a team of surgeons to perform

Read More »

Resolution Solution

“Think!” my father would say when I complained of boredom. “An intelligent person is never bored.” Not wanting to disappoint him, I early retreated to the inside of my cranium,

Read More »

Horse and Carriage

This is a summer story, but because it always took place in the dark of night, I am remembering it at this dark time of year. As soon as school

Read More »

Sir Ed and the Xfinity Lady

My spouse puts the cell phone on speaker and dials Xfinity. I hover nearby, wringing my hands, prey to the anxiety that comes over me whenever we need to contact

Read More »

One Writer’s Morning

7:30 a.m. Emerge from bedroom. Avoid tripping over sashaying cat. Pulling parka hood down over face so passersby won’t recognize self in pajamas, accompany dog outside. Wait patiently in snow

Read More »

The Glitch Is Gone!

I apologize for the technical glitch with my last post. Everything is working now, and you can see yesterday’s post here: https://mygreenvermont.com/advent-calendar/

Read More »

Advent Calendar

Many years ago, before Santa and his avatars invaded southern Europe, a Catalan Christmas was mostly about midnight Mass, and manger scenes with shepherds, angels, and el Nen Jesús, so

Read More »