It’s a season of giving, and Betsy Maislen spends a good deal of her time giving to complete strangers. She’s a “trail angel” — someone who feeds and houses hikers on the Appalachian Trail. We talked with her about what it’s like to provide “trail magic” — and showers — to the hungry, grungy hikers who come through Norwich, VT after 1,700 miles of hiking.
And: Every Christmas Eve, King’s College Cambridge in England holds a Service of Lessons and Carols. The readers of the lessons use the Shakespearean-sounding King James Version of the Bible, translated in 1611. We spoke with the splendidly British Adam Nicolson, author of God’s Secretaries, about the story behind the KJV.[audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/100342483/Valley%20Voices%20WFRD/2012-12-16%20Maislen%20Nicolson.mp3]