Julia Shipley

Julia Shipley

I'm a journalist.

I write about [extra]ordinary people, culture, community, rural life, agriculture, art and the environment.

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Yankee Magazine

A Lawnmower is Born | The Farmer's Life - Yankee Magazine

A Lawnmower is Born | The Farmer's Life - Yankee Ma...

orionmagazine.org

Orion Magazine Jan/Feb 2016

In the predawn hours of Monday, January 16, 2012, Ed Forrest, an off-duty battalion chief for the Seminole County Fire Department, woke to a voice on his two-way radio. A request was out for Tanker 24 to respond to a fire in nearby Longwood. Forrest recalls
lurching from his bed, confused: Longwood is a small city on the outskirts of Orlando; six thousand-
gallon water trucks like Tanker 24 are reserved for backcountry wildfires and infernos. Forrest called the dispatcher, who explained that the oldest tree in the state — a thirty-five-hundred-year-old bald cypress named The Senator — had burst into flames.

7dvt.com

Do You Canoe? Notes From a Paddlers Gathering | Culture | Seven ...

Usually the Paddlers Gathering's educational opportunities skew toward outdoorsy skills and slide shows of remote river trips. This year also brought a notable literary session (admittedly, the one that attracted this writer). The New Yorker's McGrath talked about his riveting December 2015 feature "The Wayfarer: A solitary canoeist meets his fate."

Yankee Magazine

The Farmer's Life: Hard Pressed - Yankee Magazine

The Farmer's Life: Hard Pressed - Yankee Magazine

The bus article
7dvt.com

Marlboro College Students Get on the Bus for Expedition Ed | Back ...

Marlboro College Students Get on the Bus for Expedi...

Yankee Magazine

The Country Store | New England's Gifts - Yankee Magazine

The Country Store | New England's Gifts - Yankee Ma...

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Yankee Magazine

The Giving Tree | The Farmer's Life - Yankee Magazine

The Giving Tree | The Farmer's Life - Yankee Magazine
I knew when I began my sole proprietorship that I was accepting responsibility for a leaky roof, a buckled retaining wall, and an ailing hot water heater; I also knew I was assuming legal guardianship of two centenarian trees, a job, despite my best intentions, at
which I’ve succeeded and failed.

orionmagazine.org

Review: Jaguar's Children

The caribou and wolf, the fig and fig wasp, the monarch and milkweed—some species are so interdependent, they
seem to constitute a single organism. John Vaillant’s debut novel, The Jaguar’s Children, opens with the hint of another interspecies relationship, that of Mexico’s indigenous Olmec people and the jaguar.

Wildlaunch 15 article
taprootmag.com

The Wild Farmer

On a recent Sunday in May, Tama Wong warns me, “It’s a little crazy.” Her phone keeps pinging with texts and emails from chefs ordering: “I take all,” and “I want ground cover and flowers,” and “I’ll take some of all of them.” When Tama recently posted a photo of a violet, she received an almost instantaneous response from a Midtown Manhattan chef, “I’ll take one hundred—those are sick.” By Tuesday, Tama’s white van is packed with seventy-five different plant species ready for imminent delivery to twenty Manhattan restaurants, a two-hour journey from her driveway in New Jersey.
A decade ago she was a corporate finance lawyer. Now, she’s a full-time forager and meadow doctor.

orionmagazine.org

Review: Translations from Bark beetle

Paw-prints dotting the snow, rain squiggling down a window, tunnels raised up through the lawn — do designs like these tempt you to read them? As if, “written” by the fox, cloud, and vole respectively, each conveyed a necessary message? Those predisposed to scan the natural world for signatures and missives, as if it were all one gigantic three-dimensional book, may also enjoy Jody Gladding’s third full-length poetry collection, Translations from Bark Beetle.

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Yankee Magazine

Clackity Clack | The Typewriter's Back - Yankee Magazine

Clackity Clack | The Typewriter's Back - Yankee Mag...

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Yankee Magazine

Barnology | Research and Reverence for New England Barns ...

Barnology | Research and Reverence for New England ...

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Yankee Magazine

True Stories | My Creative Neighbor - Yankee Magazine

True Stories | My Creative Neighbor - Yankee Magazi...

Metal detecting yankee 2015 article
Yankee Magazine

Buried Treasures | Stories Beneath Our Feet - Yankee Magazine

Buried Treasures | Stories Beneath Our Feet - Yanke...

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stowe guide

Thea Alvin: Stone Mason, Sculptor & Artist

“Does your husband do this?” an elderly man asks Thea Alvin, as he sweeps his arm, a gesture encompassing the loop-de-loop rock wall and the egg-shaped monument made solely of stones, and another rock wall that rises sinuously into an arched gateway before pouring itself back out the other side.