This is the way I tumble... And collect. And curate. Artifacts of a peculiar existence. Muddling fact and fiction, substance and void, text, sound and image. Akin to squandering the afternoon in a distant relative's attic. But less dusty. And fewer cobwebs. Or mice.

Aug 28

I’m María, a 20-year-old girl from Madrid, journalism student, and through the coincidences of life met Nathan Henderson, a long time ago.

Nate met my older brother Pablo in Madrid, studying Geology, and they struck up a good friendship during that year that he “lived” almost full time at my house.

Over time they kept in touch and Nate was in our lives like one of my family; sharing vacation, food, stories and songs that I still remember almost 10 years later. And as a good adopted Spaniard, he has take care of my brother every time he came to USA and now he has had to take care of me.

This is how me (a city girl who the most she has done in the field is take a walk), came to this community of young people wanting to change society today and make a difference in this farming community.

I’ve been here about 3 weeks, and Racey, the lovely fiancée of my half brother Nate, asked me to share my adventures of farming from the perspective of a city girl and journalist. So, this is my way of sharing with the world my experiences, because pictures say more than a thousand words and my time here is very limited.

My first week here was with my brother Pablo, of whom I have spoken before, and his girlfriend Belén. And these are some of the images that define our early days of American stay.

(Get ready to practice your spanish! Or just read the English captions under the spanish…)


Soy María, una chica de 20 años madrileña estudiante de periodismo que por casualidades de la vida conoció a Nathan Henderson, hace ya mucho tiempo.

Nate conoció a mi hermano mayor Pablo en Madrid estudiando Geologia y entablaron una buena amistad durante ese año que “vivió” practicamente a tiempo completo en mi casa.

Pasado el tiempo ellos siguieron en contacto y Nate siguió en nuestras vidas como uno más de la familia; compartiendo vacaciones, comida, historias y alguna que otra canción que aún recuerdo.

Y como buen español adoptado ha cuidado de mi hermano cada vez que el ha venido a USA y ahora le ha tocado cuidar de mi.

Asi es como yo, una chica de ciudad que lo más que ha hecho en el campo es pasear, he llegado a esta comunidad de gente universitaria joven y con ganas de cambiar un poco la sociedad de hoy en día. En definitiva, esta comunidad de granjeros.

Llevo aqui aproximadamente 3 semanas; algo más, y Racey, encantadora prometida de mi medio hermano Nate, me propuso compartir mis aventuras de granjera desde el punto de vista de una chica de ciudad y periodista en potencia. Así que, esta es mi forma de compartir con el mundo mis experiencias, porque las imagines dicen más que mil palabras y mi tiempo aquí es bastante limitado.

Mi primera semana aqui fue junto con mi hermano Pablo, del que ya os he hablado antes, y su novia Belén. Y estas son algunas de las imágenes que definen nuestros primeros dias de estancia aqui.

(Click a photo to enlarge and to read captions /Haga clic en una foto para ampliar y leer los subtítulos.)

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Congratulations to Jessica McCauliffe, our current assistant, who has recently been hired to manage the new Plattsburgh GNC!

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Ascent Wellness is located at NEW Health in Essex, NY.

As Jessica moves on, Ascent Wellness at NEW Healthis seeking an organized, adaptable and responsive administrative assistant who has a personal investment in holistically minded health and wellness. The applicant must…

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Soundwaves Concert Benefits Champlain Area Trails

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soundwaves logo 740x400Finally!  After a full summer of excellent Soundwaves Concerts at Westport NY’s Ballard Park, Champlain Area Trails will be featured this Thursday, August 28 at 7:30 p.m. when musicians Rebecca Martin and Larry Grenadier play their amazing original music.  Listen to what Pat Methany said:

“Rebecca sings with feeling and soul – and always with fantastic intonation.”

The concert is free and all…

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Aug 26

The Birth of ECHO, the Essex Community Heritage Organization

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A brief telling of the beginnings of the Essex Community Heritage Organization (ECHO, now Historic Essex) and the subsequent placing of the entire hamlet of Essex on the National Register as told by a survivor.

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Essex Farm: Packing Lunches

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Check out this week’s Essex Farm news from the recent update at Kristin Kimball‘s blog and get some lunch-packing tips:

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On behalf of EVERYONE at the Adirondack Mountain Club (commonly referred to as ADK), thank you for riding with us this year. For some of you, it was your 9th time (you know who you are!) We are deeply grateful to you for participating in this event. Together, we raised almost $35,000 for ADK’s wilderness protection programs. We LOVE…

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Vintage Postcard: Split Rock Lighthouse

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Every Monday we share a vintage image on the Essex on Lake Champlain Facebook page and invite our viewers to play some Vintage Essex Trivia. Thank you to Susie Drinkwine for sharing this postcard with us!

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Upcoming Essex Events 8/24-8/31

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Sunday, August 24, 2014
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