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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. Got bored with teaching, took up running, and went into higher ed administration. 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.

Latest Posts

Fishy Dreams continued

After waking up from the fishy dream I wrote about last week, I leaped out of bed, flew to the pet store, and came home with a Betta. His tiny

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Fishy Dreams

In my prime, my life was full of animals. There were ten hens and two goats in the barn, while in the house you couldn’t turn around without some creature

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The Last Time

The last time one of my daughters sat on my lap. The last time my father gave me a violin lesson. The last time I ran five miles. I think

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Noble Savages

Remember the Tasaday, that tiny Stone Age tribe living in caves deep in the Philippine jungle? According to the 1972 National Geographic article that made them famous, the Tasaday, completely

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Posture Gurus

Recess is over. My fellow first-graders and I line up in preparation for returning to the classroom, but our teacher holds up her hand, “Wait! I see in front of

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The Three Pure Precepts

  This is not a self portrait, and not just because of the hair: I would no more trap a spider under a glass in order to release it outside

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Latest Posts

Fishy Dreams continued

After waking up from the fishy dream I wrote about last week, I leaped out of bed, flew to the pet store, and came home with a Betta. His tiny

Read More »

Fishy Dreams

In my prime, my life was full of animals. There were ten hens and two goats in the barn, while in the house you couldn’t turn around without some creature

Read More »

The Last Time

The last time one of my daughters sat on my lap. The last time my father gave me a violin lesson. The last time I ran five miles. I think

Read More »

Noble Savages

Remember the Tasaday, that tiny Stone Age tribe living in caves deep in the Philippine jungle? According to the 1972 National Geographic article that made them famous, the Tasaday, completely

Read More »

Posture Gurus

Recess is over. My fellow first-graders and I line up in preparation for returning to the classroom, but our teacher holds up her hand, “Wait! I see in front of

Read More »

The Three Pure Precepts

  This is not a self portrait, and not just because of the hair: I would no more trap a spider under a glass in order to release it outside

Read More »