Category Archives: Personal Essays


A few years ago a friend asked me to write an essay about Home. This is what emerged.  Mom died when I was eight. Seven months later, Dad, my brother Sam, and I packed up and pulled out of our … Continue reading

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Jefferson’s Veggie Garden

In April, my family and I visited Monticello. Our purpose wasn’t really to see the house, an icon of early classic revival style, but to spend time in the vegetable garden. My uncle, Peter Hatch, the director of gardens and … Continue reading

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The Power of Prose

I am a sucker for good writing. That might sound obvious, but it’s not always easy to find. When I do, I feel transformed. Or maybe I should say transfused, like I have just received a fresh flow of blood … Continue reading

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Dressing the part

Watching television is not a pastime in my house. It’s not that I don’t want to watch T.V., I do. But, my other pastimes–two kids, cooking, and eating–leave little prime time. So, imagine my good fortune when Sunday night I … Continue reading

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Mad River Glen delivers

A couple of weeks ago I posted this photo on Facebook with a plea: Mad River Glen: Please Snow if You Can. The plea worked. This weekend the Snow Gods dumped over two feet of the fluffiest snow I can … Continue reading

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Garbage Burger

The countdown to Anna B.’s birthday has begun. She’s turning 12 on Tuesday. Per the tradition in our house, she’ll chose the dinner. There are usually her two regulars –Lydia’s chocolate cake and raspberries with powdered sugar–but the rest of … Continue reading

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A beech tree’s last stand

The Culture / The Home Forum A beech tree’s last stand A towering old beech tree binds a community as its majestic limbs begin to falter. By Sarah Baker / May 7, 2010 The first time I saw the tree … Continue reading

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