Words of Wisdom from Dolly Parton

[I've made no secret of my love and admiration for Dolly Parton. She's right up there with LiZiqi and the ladies of Larkin Poe on the heartthrob scale. This is just a little tribute on the occasion of her 76th birthday. Sorry for the screwy formatting. I can't figure out how to undo it. SB... Continue Reading →

Wine Snobbery … a SB Rant

[I once attended a wine tasting at a fancy resort. The person running the tasting was filled with all those pretentious phrases that Silverback Larry references in his rant. The final, and supposedly best wine of the day was served. "Don't taste it yet!" commanded the instructor, "Swirl and sniff first."  After pausing a minute... Continue Reading →

Image Week … One Year Ago

Best of the 'Gest A year ago we did an entire week of images created by Silverbelles and Silverbacks. Want to do that again? New Zealand, Stars at night. Silverback Sal (Post Island SBs) Relaxing on the River, Lisbon, Portugal, Silverbelle Sandy (Gilead Brook SBs) Watercolor, Silverbelle Nantzy (Mendocino Bonobos) Gracie's Beauty Salon, Silverbelle Charron,... Continue Reading →

Thank You for Giving Blood

[This is a picture of my dad, John Morris. He was a lawyer by trade, but he never practiced law, but chose instead to have a career with the American Red Cross, an organization perhaps best-known for administering local blood donating drives across the country. My mother, too, was a regular volunteer as a Gray... Continue Reading →

From the Mouths of Silverbacks

From SB Steve (Post Island SBs) We were elated to shoe 2020 out the doorLittle did we know, what 2021 had in storeYet, hopeful are our dreams for 2022Can’t be much worse, than what we’ve been through. Recovering from the Nor'easter As 2021 finally comes to a close,Oh, how are lives have changed, heaven knowsBut... Continue Reading →

A Perfect Christmas

Waking up to: SANDY’S PARMESAN POPOVERS by SB Sandy No grandchild’s visit to Vermont is complete without Nana’s popovers - moist on the inside, crispy on the outside. This adaptation of a reduced-fat recipe published in Cooking Light (2009) adds a crunchy top layer of Parmesan. Secret to success: begin with all the ingredients at... Continue Reading →

Luge Run

Luge Run, 2003, by Nina GabyThis appeared originally in Creative NonFiction Sunday Short Reads In the years after 9/11, the tourism and insurance industries changed the face of our state, and many of the old mom-and-pop inns in central Vermont closed. We managed to inch along, keeping our tired old place open through 2004. I’m... Continue Reading →

White Christmas

Silverbelle Pamela (she's the Tiny House lady) writes: Dear Silverback Stephen, I enjoy reading Silverback Digest!  It has some interesting and fun stuff. I have a suggestion for one between now and Christmas. I've always enjoyed watching the wonderful holiday movie, "White Christmas."  It's always left me with a desire to take a train to Vermont... Continue Reading →

How to Preserve a Snowflake

The Outside Story By Frank Kaczmarek Wilson Bentley (1865-1931) lived his entire life in Jericho, Vermont, where he developed a passion for snowflakes at an early age. He started by collecting snowflakes and trying to create detailed drawings of each one, but the snow crystals’ tiny size and the speed at which they melted made... Continue Reading →

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