Heartbeats of the City
The Short, Lost History of Dr. Jaffin's Big Ideas in Medicine
(June 2019)
Decades ahead of others, a lone family doctor came up with a successful telemedicine device -- a "first" that stands today as a footnote to much else he did, from his efforts to eradicate disease to a desire for a local version of universal health care.

Against Many Odds, Ring-necked Pheasants Strive to Thrive in Vermont
One Lonely Boy Looks for Love Among the Locals
I had a rare chance to observe close-up the survival struggles of some local wild pheasants and photograph one male's bumbling attempts to woo a female.  

Schmoozing with Schwartzenegger, and Other Behind the Scenes Photo Session  Anecdotes 
TIme was, when someone in the (Vermont) governor's office wanted an in-house photographer to record an in-house event for posterity, I would be dispatched. Or, it might be a ceremonious public event they wished to publicize, but not one you could count on the regular press corps to cover. 
Sometimes, funny things happened.                     

The Mother of All Maples: An impressive Find in an Old Family Grove
A 5-minute photo-documentary 

Dave Strong of Plainfield, Vermont, asked me to photo-document some of the year-round work that goes on at his family's sugarmaking operation in Orange. As we left the sugarwoods, the "mother tree of the grove" came into view on an nearby ridge. Dave was habituated to its massiveness, but I was not. My amazement amused him. Eventually, though, he called in a state forester to try to settle the matter of how this still-living maple compared to Vermont's records of giant trees. The result afford the Strong family some bragging rights.                                       

Rock, Gravity, Friction:  
Statements in Stonework
(June 2014)
One day I plan to have a bumper sticker made that says: I BRAKE FOR STONE WALLS. Let the person driving behind me think about that one. Living in Vermont you see a lot of stone walls from lumpy utilitarian heaps to masterworks of design. Few woman tackle such art. Thea Alvin is a mind-boggling master.


​Plus, other intriguing miscellany.  See also: PUBLISHED ARTICLES

Ricka McNaughton Writing, Photography