BEYOND THE LISTS
Single-payer fallout. Lots of ripples still out there from Gov. Peter Shumlin’s announcement the other night that he’s bailing on single-payer. VPR is just out with a story on other reform possibilities being touted by single-payer skeptics. Down at the bottom there’s a link to yesterday’s piece on disappointed advocates.
Commonly a Wretch… That’s how Samuel Johnson repaid the support of Lord Chesterfield for his dictionary, including those words in his definition of “Patron.” The Rauner Library at Dartmouth not only has Johnson’s dictionary, as they tell us on their blog today, they also have the “Plan of a Dictionary of the English Language” he used to raise money for the project. And you can just walk in and ask to see them. It’s a remarkable place.
What’s that again? Tricia Seigne plays in a serious way with food and music, and then writes about it. She’s got recipes for an easy Yule log and “man cave nachos” on her blog right now, but what really catches the eye is this, from two days ago: Ramen cheeseburgers.
ON THE LISTS
FairPoint Woes. The phone outage in Thetford continued into today, and townspeople on the effected roads are getting more than impatient. You can read their thoughts today in this post, and this one. But what they’re experiencing locally is a small part of a much bigger problem. Seven Days has a story aboutthe impact of the strike on the Vermont side, and the Concord Monitor about New Hampshire. We’re talking no 911 and outages for weeks. There are a lot of people facing serious inconvenience out there.
Turkeys. This is not a commentary on the item above. NH Fish and Game is starting up its winter turkey count, and Lebanon City Councillor Nicole Cormen forwarded the press release to the Lebanon list. Others of you who live in the state might also want to take part, though. Did you know that winter volunteers reported 28,389 turkeys in the state last year? And you thought you’d have nothing to talk about at this weekend’s holiday parties…
Lambs. Hurricane Ridge Farm in Vershire is offering full and half shares in pasture-raised Romneys. It’s a to-the-point Market posting that you can see on dailyUV without subscribing to the Vershire list. But it doesn’t mention the sheer work that goes into raising lambs and sheep. Peggy and Todd Allen, who run Savage Hart Farm in Hartford, have been keeping a blog. Right now, they’re moving sheep around.
And just because… I try to keep these to three items per category, but a post went up today on the Upper Valley list for a vacation studio in a small Croatian village on the Adriatic. Sometimes it’s nice to dream.