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—Howard Frank Mosher, author of Disappearances, Mary Blythe, and On Kingdom Mountain Every year on the Fourth of July, Jeeter’s wife Lou struts in the town parade wearing suspenders made of jumper cables with a tow chain around her waist. Those in the know—which means everyone in town—chuckle at Lou’s silent commentary on her husband’s skill as an automotive mechanic. But Jeeter has a different perspective: “That’s my wife right there,” he tells a stranger. “She knows cars.” Author Bill Schubart brings to life the friends and characters of his native Lamoille County, where in the late 1950s and early 1960s, life was lived close to the earth and often against the grain. Schubart’s collection of twenty-two stories captures Vermont …
To varying degrees, the needs of a society are met by three de facto socio-economic resources: private sector goods and services, government services and not-for-profit organizations. I say “organized” only to highlight the fact that so much of what makes small-scale communities in Vermont and elsewhere function is a persistent sense of “the common good” and individual empathy and initiative that keeps neighbor looking after neighbor in ways that blessedly defy organization. Each of these three sectors is highly nuanced with many extrinsic crossover points. The current federal administration’s decision to include funding of religious organizations is an example of how these boundaries can intersperse. It is not, however, the purpose of this paper to analyze these nuances, but rather …