Day 10 of #RunAmanda was the sloppiest weather day yet - mixed rain, ice, snow, and microclimates oh my.
If I stick with this for another week, I'm getting a second pair of winter trail shoes.
My hips and psoas reminded me in the last few days why I've taken such a long break from distance running, so I'm trying new post run routines.
We just added our “Music For The Season” stream to the #VermontPublic app.
Another great reason to install it now (free of course!) 👇
I predict this storm in eastern #Vermont will overperform, as they say, at moderate altitudes. It's snowing much earlier than they say, pretty hard, big wet flakes, stickig to everything. We will have power outages. I have no doubt.
20. Fog & rain have shape-shifted December into November. Good day for reading.
To prepare for my final revision of #HiramFalls I am reading several authors to see how they handle omniscient POV while diving deep into their characters: 'Music in the Dark' by Sally Magnusson (Scottish author; check her out), 'This is Happiness' by Niall Williams (Irish) and 'Parker's Back' by Flannery O'Connor.
Illuminating. And helpful.
When will the "hate fatigue" set in?
"1 of the 3 Palestinian students shot in Vermont is paralyzed from the shooting, his mother says "
Tomorrow afternoon my step son and I are going to a hockey game. It’s my first hockey game in person since… 2016? 2018? I can’t remember. It’s my first NCAA hockey game since 2004.
I graduated from UMass Lowell. My step son currently attends the University of Vermont. Both teams are in the Hockey East conference and… well… both teams kinda suck. UVM is in 8th place (out of 11 teams) with a 3-3-1 record in conference and a 4-5-1 record overall. UML is in 10th place with a 2-6-1 record in conference and a 5-9-1 record overall.
I expect the game is going to be evenly-ish matched but also kinda crappy. I don’t care. I’m looking forward to spending an afternoon with Harry, probably trash talking each other into oblivion. I tried to get myself a UML hockey t-shirt to wear but I failed. Oh well. The Vermont fans in the building will know that they have a foreigner in their rink by me being obnoxious. I used to be a pretty obnoxious fan back in my minor league season ticket days.
It’s going to be fun.
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19. It's a fitting day for the memorial of my friend's Dad. To the community he was a 'pillar,' willing to take on any task for his church or clubs. To his son he was unforgiving, demanding much but seeing little of his son's gifts.
Coming back from the mail, he was dead before he hit the ground undiscovered for 8 hours, his addled wife forgetting he had left. Later, my friend lay where he fell and was overcome w. regret.
3 étudiants américains d'origine palestinienne ont été victimes d'un crime de haine dans le Vermont.
À la vue de leur keffieh, un voisin leur a tiré dessus à 5 reprises.
"Je ne m'attendais pas à ce que l'histoire d'un Palestinien blessé par balle fasse le tour du monde. Je suis extrêmement reconnaissant. Mais j'ai toujours cette peur sous-jacente à cause de cette expérience", a-t-il déclaré.
Le tour du monde ?
Pas vraiment, l'info elle a du faire comme le nuage de Tchernobyl, elle s'est arrêtée aux frontières de la France.
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18. All day today I thought of my friend Pete Sutherland who died a year ago yesterday. Extraordinary person & musician. Played with each of my children; mentored my oldest.
Pete & I used to go into schools & help kids write & perform ballads. We'd bring in community elders to tell stories which became the root of the kids' songs. One experience stood out for both of us. Story w. vid & audio here: https://www.geoffreygevalt.com/writing/pete
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According to #Spotify, my "sound town" is Ben & Jerry's country -- #Burlington, #Vermont -- on account of my love of the #GratefulDead, #JerryGarcia, and #Waxahatchee. I'll take that. Shout-out from central Ireland to all the #Deadheads in #VT!
17. A friend from long ago sent me this Eli Helman drawing, a gift uncanny in its timing. Years ago, when we visited my aunt I borrowed her typewriter which looks Iike this. My friend loved my story. The first one I published. She remembered this still after 49 years.
She's been following my progress on #HiramFalls. Somehow she knew I needed a reminder to just write. To have faith in the audience. It will come out OK.
It’s starting to feel like winter here in New England but here on Maine’s midcoast I’m still waiting for our first snow. I guess I’ll just look longingly at photos like this one of Sleepy Hollow Farm in Vermont.
Autumn Maple Leaf on Lotus Leaf after Rain
Just trying out an old image from the old DSLR days, exposed through the one decent vintage lens I used on that Nikon.
As for lotuses, I have wasted a lot of money trying to grow them in #Vermont. In natural ponds, in artificial ponds, in pots full of water. I enjoy the leaves, get very few flowers, and hard to keep them through winter.
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16. I'm not sure when I started paying attention to the names of moons, but this one is the Beaver Moon, in honor of the time when beavers finally get their houses in order for winter.
I wonder whether beavers ever decide to rest and leave that last bit of poplar for the next day, much as we humans do: "I'll get to it tomorrow."
Hmm. I didn't get all my sugaring wood in. The logs are covered with snow. A cold task ahead.
Bunch of people making fun of this on the Vermont subreddit thought the fediverse #Vermont community might get a kick out of it. Out of all the States to pick, Vermont, which has had a ban on billboards since 1968, one of only 4 states in the country with a billboard ban.
Flatlanders I tell yah bud, jeezum crow.
In Burlington, Vermont, gunshots were heard
Three college students of Palestinian descent
Their lives taken away, so untimely and cruel
Police worked hard and caught the suspect, something they'd dole
An act of gun violence- so senseless and absurd
15. It snowed styrofoam today. Little soft pellets (dippin' dots?) that floated down and bounced off the ice and hard snow. Looking up, it tickled. It's called graupel.
The animals have been out: Squirrels checking their caches of acorns with a wary eye to the sky where an eagle has been spotted. Also rabbits, a fox and coyotes. Their tracks look monstrous, an effect of the warm-cold-warm-cold days expanding their marks.
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Suspect arrested in shooting of 3 Palestinian students in US | Al Jazeera Newsfeed
#BBCNews - #Vermont: Three #Palestinian students shot near US campus
A dude really just walked up to them and started shooting. FFS. #Islamophobia
3 men of Palestinian descent attending holiday gathering shot, injured near University of Vermont
Three young men of Palestinian descent who were in Burlington for a Thanksgiving holiday gathering were shot and injured — one seriously — near the University of Vermont, police said Sunday.
For people following the shooting of three Palestinian-American college students in Burlington, Vermont last night, VTDigger is a reliable independent local news source and it looks like they’re updating this story
The Guardian is reporting that,
"The head of the #Palestinian mission to the UK, Husam Zomlot, identified the victims as Hisham Awartani, Tahseen Ahmed and Kinnan Abdalhamid, undergraduate students at Brown, Haverford and Trinity. Zomlot said on X – formerly known as Twitter – that each of the victims was wearing the Palestinian #keffiyeh when they were attacked, though authorities have stopped short of publicly discussing a possible motive for the triple shooting."
By Celina Tebor, CNN
2 minute read
Updated 12:53 PM EST, Sun November 26, 2023
"Three college students from the Palestinian territories were shot in #BurlingtonVermont, on Saturday evening, according to their former school in the occupied West Bank.
"Burlington Police Chief Jon Murad said in a news release that officers responded to a call and found two shooting victims, with the third a short distance away, all close to the #UniversityOfVermont campus.
"The victims were transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center, the news release said.
"The shooter or shooters have not been identified or apprehended, Murad said, and the police department is 'at the earliest stages of investigating this crime.'
"The three students had graduated from Ramallah Friends School, a #Quaker-run private nonprofit school in Ramallah, according to the school.
"The school identified the students in a Facebook post as Hisham Awartani, Kinnan Abdelhamid and Tahseen Ahmed.
"According to Ramallah Friends School, all three are students at American colleges. Haverford College in Pennsylvania confirmed in a statement that Abdelhamid, a junior at the college, is recovering from gunshot wounds at a hospital.
"Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Kingdom, posted on X about the incident, naming the students and identifying them as 'three young Palestinian men.'
"'The #HateCrimes against Palestinians must stop. Palestinians everywhere need protection,' Zomlot wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
"Burlington police did not specify the ethnicity of the three and whether they were targeted for that reason.
"The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee said in a news release that they 'have reason to believe this shooting occurred because the victims are Arab.' The #CivilRights organization added that two of the students are still in intensive care and one has 'very critical and serious injuries.'
"The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced it was offering a $10,000 reward for 'information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator or perpetrators' of the shooting.
"The shooting comes amid heightened tensions and hate crimes in the US in the weeks since October 7, when Hamas launched a deadly attack in Israel and Israel responded with devastating airstrikes across Gaza. In October, a 6-year-old Palestinian American boy was stabbed to death by his family’s landlord in a case authorities are calling a hate crime.
"CNN has reached out to the University of Vermont, the University of Vermont Medical Center, the students’ universities, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and Gov. Phil Scott for comment.
"This is a developing story and will be updated."
[edit: this, uh, might have been an April Fool's joke. 🤷🏻♀️ ]
NOT TO BE OUTDONE, #Vermont is now looking to get in on the action, moving earlier this year to establish a US-side syrup reserve. They're trying to figure out the best (dare we say strategic?) place to warehouse the goods
Looks like the storm overperformed by a little, got over 4 inches of snow in my corner of #vermont.
Now the question is whether to snowblow, or tractor-plow. Or let it be. Whatever is still here by Friday is going to be here for a while, as it gets cold again.
Thing is that first snow, when the driveway isn't frozen, means gravel in the snowblower, or the tractor bucket digging into soft driveway.
And do I do it before or after the rain?
Many years of this, but still just as tricky.
When you are a #RemoteWorker, and you lose #InternetAccess, there’s not much you can do. Comcast #Xfinity seems to be having an outage in my little corner of northwest #Vermont … so.. might as well take the weekend’s yard waste up to the biomass generator plant. 😃 Hopefully it will be back on by the time I get back… or else I will be off to our local library……..
(Posting from my mobile while away from home. I unfortunately have almost zero mobile coverage at my house.)
❄️ is falling out of the sky. Very good thing that I got all the yard work done yesterday!
Every time I tell people that I live in #Vermont, they always ask me how it is.
I usually give something quick, liked "It's lovely!"
The truth is that deciding to move to Vermont over a decade ago was one of those choices that cascade into other life changing events, where you find more and more of yourself that you never knew.
When you wonder whether to take a step towards something for no evident reason, I hope you do.
Watercolor en plein aire - 11/13/2023
Painted on-site at Harriman Reservoir, Whitingham, VT on October 27, during a few days of rare 68+ degree weather.
Probably the last of my 2023 paintings at this location. Will summarize my thinking on plein-air painting later, but lets just say I'm looking back to returning here in Spring 2024!
(9.1 x 6.2 in, 23 x 15.7 cm)
Also in #Vermont today:
the *human* distributed denial-of-service attack caused by people waking up and thinking ..."IT'S SNOWING! I BETTER CALL AND GET AN APPOINTMENT TO GET THE SNOW TIRES PUT ON!"
... and inundating the phone lines of every tire shop, mechanic and garage in the state!
(At which point they will find that most places are booking out into December or beyond. 🤦♂️)
That moment in #Vermont when everyone asks themselves “Hmmm… where are the snow shovels? Did we take them out (of the shed | garage | storage) yet?”
Tomorrow is Election Day here in the USA and it is a BigDay across the nation with all sorts of state and local elections, big ballot measures in some states. Lots of very important decisions! PLEASE VOTE!
Except… here in #Vermont ! We have *no* elections happening except, I think, in one city.
All our state elections are every two years, and our local elections are at “Town Meeting Day” in March.
So tomorrow we will just watch.
Earlier this year, a white teen deliberately (allegedly) shot a woman. That teen was charged as a juvenile. Last week, a POC teen accidentally (allegedly) shot his friend. This teen is charged as an adult. Very curious about State's Atty. Vekos's reasoning in this case.
It's now *snowing* in northwest #Vermont.
It won't last... it will melt in the next couple of days... but it's a sign that winter is on its way!
And now for something completely different.
Rutland #Vermont Halloween parade. Small town adorable under a full moon.
(I am not there; receiving the live feed from the spouse.)
Here’s how citizen scientists can help during the 2024 solar #eclipse: some cool projects here.
Not sure about the likelihood of clear skies in #Vermont in early April, but can’t be worse odds than Ohio…