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 Eight-year-old Conner Lantz of Middlebury carefully holds one of his earlier (and more typical) catches, a bluegill, with its dorsal fins spiked in self-defense.

At Middlebury Summer Festival’s fishing contest last weekend, a boy ’s biggest catch of the day raised the question of who caught whom.


Posted on Aug. 12, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.
 The Town Police Station, where once cannabis was grown – by accident, of course.

Gloria Salavarria writes about a New Zealand constable's attempt to confiscate and destroy cannabis, which turned into an accidental farming operation.


Posted on March 13, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.
 Cattle graze on the hillsides above Te Kouma Harbor.

During her travels through New Zealand, Gloria Salavarria hung out with locals and learned what it's like to live like a Kiwi.


Posted on March 12, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.
 A tomato horn worm – taken with a telephoto lens!
Posted on March 11, 2014 at 11:50 a.m.

Gloria Salavarria recalls a time her father tried to help her get over her fear of hornworms. It didn't go so well, but made for a funny story.

 The Australian possum comes in two colors—brown or grey but New Zealanders prefer them flattened—as road kill.
Posted on March 4, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.

Blogger Gloria Salavarria writes about Kiwis' relationship with the Australian opossum, which generates angry reactions and great stories.

 Not enough oil in their feathers to make them waterproof and so they spread their wings to air dry themselves.
Posted on March 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Blogger Gloria Salavarria writes about her experience seeing New Zealand's Cormorants, which some say eat about seven pounds of fish each day.

 A dotterel chick is impossible to see when it is standing still.
Posted on March 1, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.

Though overfishing has wreaked havoc on some New Zealand species, signs of hope emerge through the successful conservation of others. 

Posted on Feb. 25, 2014 at 2:11 p.m.

"It was then that I heard it, and I couldn’t believe my ears. Was that a cow growling at me? I thought only dogs and cats growled—but a cow."

 The Māori artist Robin Slow made painting called Kōkōwai Taniwha from Kōkōwai red ochre clay. (Seen in the Nelson Provincial Museum in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand.)
Updated on Feb. 22, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Blogger Gloria Salavarria recalls her father's love of clay pottery and muses on native Kiwis' use of it in art and life.

 One very tough spider. Anyone else have a name for what breed of spider this is besides
Posted on Feb. 21, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.

Our blogger, Gloria Salavarria, came across one incredibly tough spider while traveling in New Zealand.

Posted on Feb. 20, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.

One of our bloggers, Gloria Salavarria, is traveling in New Zealand this winter. While having lunch, a Kiwi friend told her the story of how his family dealt with the king of pests after it arrived in the country.

Posted on Feb. 19, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.

Through a Japanese friend, Gloria Salavarria heard about this latest challenge to Japanese culinary creativity. Even if he was just pulling her leg, she finds the idea mosquito eyeball soup to be intriguing.

 This aerial view was taken from the book by Peter and Jenny Tait,
Posted on Feb. 18, 2014 at 7:14 p.m.

White Island is the world's only volcano with an easily accessible mouth. Our blogger, Gloria Salavarria visited the island. Check out her story and pictures here.

Gloria Salavarria
Gloria Salavarria
Gloria Salavarria inherited an itchy toe as well as math smarts from her father who spent his teen years as a hobo during the Great Depression. She learned from him the wisdom of working at something you truly love doing and so she spent her working years as a biochemist and an engineer. She retired in her 50s but after one week of retirement, her husband told her that she couldn’t go from supervising 40 guys down to supervising just one guy and expect that one guy to like it. She next became a freelance writer and photographer for The Elkhart Truth and after a few months, her husband again complained but this time he said that she was just like their tomcat—always “on the prowl” and never at home. Now a widow, she has traveled every continent except Antarctica and she plans on going there one of these days.


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