The foliage is just past peak in Craftsbury. It's a fleeting sign that another season has gone by. Skip Sedore admires nature from his picture window.
"I shade it in pencil usually," he said of his drawing.
Skip has always worked with his hands.
"I really like to make people happy," he said. "It makes my day."
His work includes a bunch of books featuring his drawings and quotes called Wicked Good Humor. It's good old-fashioned humor, the kind you can show to your children. His books don't make him money; his reward is seeing his friends laugh.
He brings his love of wildlife indoors.
"I've carved them all and they are all made out of basswood," Skip said.
Reporter Joe Carroll: How would you describe your art?
Skip Sedore: Eclectic, I do whatever the heck I feel like doing.
The New Jersey native has always had an artistic streak. Skip went into the embroidery business in New York City after high school. His friends wanted him to join the Navy with them, but a girl named Peggy came into his life.
"I said I was going to marry her, she doesn't know it yet," Skip recalled.
And at 19 he got married and started a career in the fashion business.
"It was wonderful, I met some really magnificent talented people," Skip said.
Slips and bras were the major part of the business.
"I was a 20-year-old kid and I walked into these rooms with all these sparsely clad models wearing lingerie, and I was just, I must be in the wrong room and they would come here. It was very embarrassing," he said.
It was a career that lasted for over four decades.
"So we came up and we loved it," Skip said.
After raising six children, Peggy and Skip decided to retire in Vermont. For them, it was paradise.
One of Skip's few non-nature paintings, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is his most cherished. He worked on it to keep his mind off some tragic news: Peggy had lung cancer. For months he was by her side 24 hours a day. He called it a privilege.
Joe Carroll: What did she show you?
Skip Sedore: She showed me a dignified way to die without fear, because I've always been a coward about death... And I told her that she was the bravest person I've ever seen.
Peggy died at home. They were married for 51 years; Skip cherishes every moment. He doesn't want us to think of him being a sad or lonely person.
Skip finds comfort in his banjo. He calls it a toe-tapping instrument.
And he says the secret to being happy is no secret "Kind of treat people like the way you want to be treated."
A Vermont Super Senior with some common sense advice on life, finding harmony through love and his love of the arts.
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