Vermont Seasonings, by Steve Delaney
Vermont Seasonings: Reflections on the Rhythms of a Vermont Year by Steve Delaney.
The voice of Vermont is in print.
“Vermont Seasonings" is broadcaster Steve Delaney’s affectionate salute to Vermont. Delaney, self-described Recovering Flatlander, writes of Vermont in this weekly and seasonal collection of essays. (Sample chapter listing below.)
A Recovering Flatlander, he says, is “a person from Away who has moved to Vermont and believes it is possible to pass as a Real Vermonter. It’s not.”
Delaney’s distinctive voice was heard on Vermont Public Radio for a decade. He has won national honors for two NBC White Paper television documentaries, and for radio documentaries and news programs produced for VPR. Delaney is a fifty-year broadcast journalist who has covered politics and other petty crime in Washington, finance and other felonies in New York and wars on three
continents. He is the middle link in a five-generation family love affair with Lake Champlain and the state and now calls Milton his home.
The elbows of the year: The year's corners show in spring and fall,
Election Day: Becoming a custodian of election traditions,
Birches and Bending: The drunken sailors of the North Woods,
On the road too long: Perils of memorizing highway scenery,
Fragrant mists of Fairfield: Sugaring the old-fashioned way,
That joyant sucking sound: Two truck drivers thrive on mud season,
Showtime at sunrise: Morning brings out5 he truth in birds,
Schools don't close for haymaking anymore,
New England's Mississippi: Thank goodness it keeps Vermont and New Hampshire apart
The night lights of August,
The hell you say it ain't so,
The summer kid lingers: stretching the season in a lakeside camp,
Black and orange time: nature's tiny messengers foretell the fall,
Flo and Bert alert: The annual leaf-peeper invasion,
The Ides of October,
Apples in white hats.