The contrast of yellow and green is always one of the best color schemes, as it was my alma mater’s at the University of Vermont. I don’t talk as much of Vermont as I would like, as it is my second favorite place on planet Earth. Burlington being the largest of the towns in Vermont at more than 55,000 people, at least that was the census count the last time I checked when I graduated in 1987. Since being back on the East Coast, I have yet to venture up to my old college. Less impressive than that, I have not kept up with many of my classmates from yesteryear and wonder how they are all fairing in this rather unstable world we all share. I was in a fraternity, a republican fraternity with pictures of Ronald Reagan all over the place. At the top of college street, 420 to be exact, I had a view unmatched outside my bedroom window, looking west over the beautiful, long and elegant lake–Champlain. Further still to the west lie the Adirondack mountain range. A view that is not unlike a view I once had in Dillon, Colorado where all you could see were white capped mountain tops. I loved UVM, Universitas Vertis Montis, University of the Green Mountains, and still do, as evidenced by my picture posted above. All of New England has this charm that words cannot describe and it has always amazed me more people do not live in Vermont, with a population of around 500,000 people and 3 electoral votes. Patrick Leahy, Senator (D) Vermont, has made his state proud with his stand on alot of the issues that are hip to today, much more so than his counterparts in the Senate…having said that, it is interesting to me how I actually survived in such a right wing “gentlemen’s society”–perhaps it was because I am a gentleman. I bring all this up today to say a big hello out to Stowe, Vermont and the Freeman’s, whom I have known since I was 15. I was lucky enough to summer in Stowe, when my father moved us there, but as it did not work out, the love of Stowe remains. Maria Van Trapp, the inspiration for “Maria” in “The Sound of Music” sang at the little Catholic Church on Mountain Road when I was there and I understand at the age of 94 she still does. The Trapp Family Lodge is a beautiful Inn at the foot of Mount Mansfield, standing at 4559 feet above sea level and being the tallest peak in the Green Mountain range, and has ample Nordic skiing. That is what I think I really wanted to say, I love Vermont, Go Catamounts and God Bless of the great people I met when I was there 1984-1987, I love you all. Peace M
May 4, 2009
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