For nearly 25 years I did a lot of writing as part of my position as publications director at Hebron Academy. Here is a sampling of pieces I wrote for the Semester, the alumni magazine that we revived in 1999. 

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Sound Track

Polly Drown ’11 squares her shoulders, sets bow to string, and begins the famous violin cadenza in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade. The rest of us wait quietly for the cue to come back in and together recreate another world, another time.  [article] [full issue]

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The Voyageur

For a half century and counting, bush pilot Bob Bryan '50 has connected the people of Quebec's North Shore and the wider world, much as the folk hero fur traders did before him. [article] [full issue]


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Driving Miss Ruthie

The first thing you need to know is that Ruthie is going to hate this story. [article] [full issue]

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Our Own Entertainments

Human beings are storytellers. We tell stories to explain mysteries beyond our comprehension or to point out great truths or to make each other laugh. In ancient times, storytellers were travelers, bringing tales of faraway lands, of gods and goddesses and of human nature to those who could not journey.  [article] [full issue]

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The Owner

In 1884, student George Morton hoisted a turned wooden bar to his shoulder and carried it over the hills to Hebron from his home in Paris. Placed on a stand near the Academy building and used for gymnastic exercises, this wooden bar became the school’s first piece of athletic equipment. Or so the story goes.  [article] [full issue]

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Fishing for Maine Lobster

Hundreds of years ago lobster was so abundant that Indians used it for fertilizer and fish bait. To the colonists, lobster was “poverty food,” suitable only for children, prisoners and indentured servants. [article] [full issue]