Walden, Part 2

Contemporary visitors bring tributes of pens and notebooks in tribute to Henry Thoreau and Louisa May Alcott Looking for Tomorrow’s Thoreau SB Stephen Morris My wife and I recently spent a holiday weekend in the environs of Concord, MA. We’re amateur history buffs, and neither of us had been to “the rude bridge that arched... Continue Reading →

Was Marco Polo a Silverback?

Today's selection -- from Imperial China by DK. Marco Polo’s book, "Description of the World," awakened Europe to the wider world:"Marco Polo was born around 1254 into a prosperous merchant family in the Italian city-state of Venice. When he was six years old, his father, Niccolo, and his uncle, Maffeo, left Venice on a trading mission, passing through... Continue Reading →


The Great State of Maine My wife and I recently spent a week on the coast of Maine. That is hardly newsworthy. The coast is not far from where we live. It was past the rush of tourist season, so finding accommodations was not difficult. The weather was lovely … Where is this going? My... Continue Reading →

Silverbelle Margaret

[I was turned on to Delancey Place by SB Bill Schubart (Hinesburg SBs). Their tagline tells exactly what this cool newsletter is all about. Margaret Mead has always been one of my heroes, so I immediately ordered this book. In many ways I think of us as continuing her work by what we are doing... Continue Reading →

A Year Ago

[We were in lockdown, unable to do much of anything. Then, on a humid July Saturday, we busted out from the Gilead and hopping in Sandy's Mini for what can only be described a crazed romp through the hinterlands. Well-l-l-l ... I suppose it could also be described as a quiet drive on the back... Continue Reading →

ES-cape From the Jungle

It's a Jungle out there, alright. From seriouseats.com: 7 Things To Do with Garlic Scapes Recipe | The Crisper Whisperer by Carolyn Cope There's no use in trying to hide it, so I'm just gonna go ahead and lay it on you from the start. I get a little unnaturally excited about garlic scapes—the way... Continue Reading →

Introducing … The Dumpster

The Summer Solstice–The Beginning (of the End) It’s over before it begins. Like youth, love, fireflies, and shooting stars summer is fragile, ephemeral and eternal. The summer Solstice begins the high holy days that culminate in the strangely warlike Fourth of July. On the streets throughout Beyonder, as I call this region of Vermont, high... Continue Reading →

Portland, Part 2

{Yesterday's post in Silverback Digest focused on the grimness of the homelessness scene. This article, from Reasons to be Cheerful, has a more positive message. And while this effort is positive and deserves praised, it is diminished by the overwhelming scale of the challenge. SB SM] Brittany ran away from home when she was eight... Continue Reading →

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