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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Sandles and spats article
Yankee Magazine

A Time to Bloom

It’s a soft night in early May.

Outside Riverside Middle School in Springfield, Vermont, clouds are blotting the full moon’s light; the air smells pungent, a mix of river water and new grass; the football field is still tender, spongy underfoot.

Inside, the daughters and sons of Springfield are almost ready: In the girls’ locker room 20 young women are adjusting their straps, slicking on lip gloss, and tucking loose tendrils of hair; in the boys’ locker room, their escorts are hitching up socks, smoothing their jackets, and balancing the wings of their ties.

Yankee Magazine

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

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

Yankee Magazine

The Farmer's Life: Hard Pressed - Yankee Magazine

The Farmer's Life: Hard Pressed - Yankee Magazine

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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.

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

Clackity Clack | The Typewriter's Back - Yankee Magazine

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

Barn with a birch nearbyjpg article
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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Yankee Magazine

Rural Free Delivery | A Day in the Life of a Mail Hauler » Yankee ...

Rural Free Delivery | A Day in the Life of a Mail H...

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Yankee Magazine

The Old Stone House

The Old Stone House

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Yankee Magazine

Dog Mountain | Home of the World’s Only Dog Chapel - Yankee Magazine

Dog Mountain -- home to the world’s only dog chapel -- was designed with dogs at the fore, free and...

Both sides of the road article
Yankee Magazine

The 50- Year Foliage Plan | A Random Act of Canopy

Drive to Irasburg along this dirt thoroughfare, locally known as The Crik (Road), and you might not notice them. But...

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Yankee Magazine

A Taste of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom | A Book Reading and Tasting

Bethany Dunbar provides a literal and figurative "taste" of Kingdom’s Bounty -- after visitors graze on a spread of local...

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Yankee Magazine

Chicken BBQ Community Supper | Saying Thanks to the Craftsbury Volunteer Fire Department -- Yankee Magazine

The popular annual Craftsbury Volunteer Fire Department Chicken BBQ community supper serves as both a delicious meal and successful fundraiser....