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The Ta Ta Weenie Club

Bill Torrey is a sixth generation Vermonter who spent most of his life working alone in the woods. In the fall of 2013, he retired from logging with almost all his fingers and toes. In 2014 he began work as a writer and oral storyteller because he's never let fear and common sense stop him from doing stuff. He has won four Moth Story Slams and three Extempo Competitions at Central Vermont's premiere, live, true storytelling event, and has performed by invitation at Burlington's Flynn Theater, Middlebury College, and the Vermont State House. Apparently, he'll ramble on in front of anybody. In an era before car seats, airbags, and childproof caps, The Ta Ta Weenie Club brings the reader back to a simpler, slower pace in life. It was a period where a parent's authority was the law and was backed up by real means. A homespun collection of twenty stories of a time when a kid could leave the house in the morning to go out and play until dusk with loyal friends and tolerated family. From county fairs and middle school dances, to loving hound dogs and mean teachers, these stories are exercises in life's lessons that shaped the future of a young man. It was a special space in time between country and urban life that has evaporated into the fog of progress and has now reappeared within the paragraphs on these pages.
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Bill Torrey is a sixth generation Vermonter whose kin were at Fort Ticonderoga with Ethan Allen in 1775, planting his roots solidly into the forested hills of the state. He grew up on his familys farmstead in Essex during the 60s and early 70s. By following the rugged heritage of his family, Bill was led to a life working in the woods of Vermont. At 19, he was a lumberjack earning eighty cents a tree and all the sawdust he could eat. He soon went off logging on his own with small, light-on-the-land equipment to better serve the forest. Bill wrote a monthly column for Outdoor Magazine for three years and has been published in Northern Woodlands magazine. After forty years tending the forest, and still possessing darn near all his fingers and toes, Bill decided to pursue other callings. He has found oral storytelling to his liking and has won four Moth Story Slams in Burlington, Vermont, three Extempo Storytelling Competitions in Central Vermont,

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