Basement Medicine

Sticky, sweet and rewarding: maple sugaring at home

Kassandra Cousineau

April 18, 2013


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Are you tired of paying $50 for a gallon of maple syrup? Do you want to know where your food products are coming from? Want to be environmentally friendly and keep a few extra Benjamins in your pocket while you're at it? At Vermont Harvest Sun, in rural Bristol, Vermont, Jacob Roy has found a way to ...

Carrie Cook loses her Samurai but finds a new bass

Carrie Cook loses her Samurai but finds a new bass

Elizabeth Beatty-Owens

April 18, 2013


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The restaurant was filled with bodies. The employees were dragging tables and chairs out from the front of the bar, attempting to make a little more standing room for the people who were packed in along the bar stools. Feet were tapping, many seated hips were wiggling, and even a few brave souls took ...

How High is Denver, Really?

How High is Denver, Really?

Phil O'Neil

April 18, 2013


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"Take everything out of your pockets and hold your hands in the air." It doesn’t sound like the start of a promising night for concertgoers heading into the 1st Bank Arena outside Denver, Colorado, but another look around yields a surprising discovery. Most people carry keys and wallets in their pocket...

Springfield: Vt.’s seventh circle

Springfield: Vt.’s seventh circle

Thomas Benton

March 28, 2013


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Here’s the scene: There’s a body on the side of the road in southern Vermont. Maybe alive, maybe dead, but no one cares. They just drive on past, and if they take their eyes off the road to glance in the rearview or, god forbid, over their shoulders, they keep their feet on the gas pedal. I was...

The Dame in the Diner Dream

The Dame in the Diner Dream

Richard Schlong

March 28, 2013


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The New Mexican mountains had all the jagged curvatures of a lie-detector test, and in the sunset on the other side I saw truth. Time to stop slacking in Sante Fe, put on my slacks and head back to the city that never sleeps. On the way there, I slept. I dreamed in a hotel room that had never heard...

Dan and Clint: a friendship begining

Dan and Clint: a friendship begining

Dan Schwartz

March 28, 2013


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I was going to tell you about my sex life, but that’s not much of a story anymore. Then I got 1,800 words into an essay about crippling depression, but we’ll save that for later; that’s not first date material. Yesterday I whittled away a 600-word nugget about a backpacking trip to the northeast...

Kevin and Cara’s Crazy Caravan II

Kevin and Cara’s Crazy Caravan II

Kevin Paquet

March 14, 2013


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Kevin Paquet is a 2009 JSC graduate. He, his wife, and their cats are currently crawling south in a camper from 1969 hooked to an SUV from 1994. For earlier installments see Basementmedicine.org. On the morning of Jan. 23, there was a knock on the camper door. This was the first knock we’d gotte...

To Have and Want Not

To Have and Want Not

Richard Schlong, Private Eye

February 21, 2013


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I’d been ransacking Robert Parker’s body like Sharon Stone on her wedding night. Body of work, that is. So I gave it a break. Ernest Hemingway was on the shelf. I took him off. “To Have and Have Not.” I always choose to have and end up having not. Except with Hemingway. The first night I read...

Kevin and Cara’s Crazy Caravan

Kevin and Cara’s Crazy Caravan

Kevin Paquet

February 7, 2013


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My name is Kevin Paquet. Let me tell you a story. I graduated from Johnson State College, as many of you will someday do, in May of 2009. Our commencement speaker was the former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan. I fell asleep during his speech. It was the first and only time I ever fell asleep in school. ...

The Queens Pied Piper

The Queens Pied Piper

Richard Schlong, Private Detective

February 6, 2013


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The only thing she played better than the trumpet was my heart. It wasn’t hard to play my heart: just a couple keys, a few possible notes, no real exertion required. Sometimes just a pretty face would hit the right note. The trumpet, now: that took mastery. I’d hear her from my office on the ass...

The Big Screen

The Big Screen

Richard Schlong, Private Dick

December 6, 2012


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"It’s a love story!” he was saying. “‘Love in the Dark’! Surely you must see a lot of women –” “Kid,” I said, cutting him off, “the only women I see are in magazines.” Christmas time had come again, and thought my stocking was stuffed there wasn’t a ho-ho-ho in sight, not...

MASSHOLE! Our Bay State curmudgeon bloviates on rotaries and roundabouts

MASSHOLE!  Our Bay State curmudgeon bloviates on rotaries and roundabouts

Don Eaton

November 15, 2012


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If two wrongs don’t make a right, but three lefts do, does that make rotaries not just right, but in fact a spiraling computer proof of god’s own intentions, a coiling helix encoded with his plan for us? Maybe elsewhere, but not here in Vermont. Rotaries, excuse me, “roundabouts,” have been...

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