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    • Gathering Blueberries
    • Gathering Blueberries

      An essay on life freely lived
      Two items deep inside the newspaper caught my attention one Sunday morning. On one page, I found a story headlined, “Nursing Home Torn Apart…
    • Momzilla and Me
    • Momzilla and Me

      A bride-to-be discovers the wedding is about more than her and the groom
      We didn’t have an appointment when we showed up at the Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield. Daniel and I had just gotten engaged, and…
    • To Change or Not to Change?
    • To Change or Not to Change?

      A bride-to-be considers name dropping, and keeping
      I once spent an entire math class writing “Megan Miller,” over and over, in the pages of my Trapper Keeper. Oh, Doug Miller, you…
    • I Am a 16th-Generation Vermonter
    • I Am a 16th-Generation Vermonter

      An author examines the "flatlander" problem
      Not really. I just want eighth-generation Vermonters who read those words to know what it feels like to be eight generations behind in a…
    • Shock and Awe
    • Shock and Awe

      Finding beauty in the circus sideshow
      In the 1970s, when I was just a kid, my father took me to the county fair every year to see the sideshow. We…
    • Double Vision
    • Double Vision

      A father of twins weighs in on the power of two
      We’re taught that one plus one equals two. This equation holds up pretty well — until you become a parent of twins. “It’s not…
    • Save the Dates
    • Save the Dates

      Something old, something new … all summer long
      I went to my first wedding — or at least the first of which I have any recollection — in 1983. It was a…
    • Summer of Lounge
    • Summer of Lounge

      Vermonters have something to say about “doing nothing”
      A few years ago, a slim volume at Borders jumped out at me. I don’t know which caught my eye first: the jacket photograph —…
    • On the Lamb
    • On the Lamb

      A Vermont shepherd-filmmaker takes stock of his flock
      Which of the following is not true of sheep? Lambs are adorable. Lamb’s wool is warm. Lamb chops are to die for. A flock grazing…
    • Groom With a View
    • Groom With a View

      A new husband's humble advice to his betrothed brethren
      So, you’ve decided to take the big plunge. After successfully navigating years of booze-fueled hookups, speed-dating mishaps and Internet e-flirt sites such as Datemysorryass.com,…
    • Panic on the Midway
    • Panic on the Midway

      Rating the rides at the Champlain Valley Fair
      I am the first to admit I'm a tad neurotic. I carry Purell and dental floss in my purse in case I am forced…
    • Making Adjustments
    • Making Adjustments

      How I put my back into chiropractic
      The turkey was titanic: a 28-pounder, the largest I’d ever cooked. After brining it, lifting it out, drying it off, stuffing it, trussing it,…
    • Counting the Hours
    • Counting the Hours

      What does your mental timeline look like, and where did it come from?
      Stare up at the sky on a clear night, and you are gazing deep into an unfathomable past. This is no metaphor: It’s an…
    • Alter Egoed
    • Alter Egoed

      A writer discovers his doppelgangers
      I didn’t just find myself out of the blue. Blame it on technology: On May 13, a strange subject heading — “Same Mike Ives?”…
    • Child's Play?

      An exercise-obsessed mom shifts into baby gear
      When I was pregnant with my daughter last year, I nearly burned my parents' house to the ground. I mistakenly lit the gas burner under…
    • Six Degrees of Separating
    • Six Degrees of Separating

      How do you leave a place you love?
      I always assumed that I would die in Burlington. Sometimes during idle moments I’d find myself daydreaming about my own funeral, running through a…
    • Hawking the Talk
    • Hawking the Talk

      Confronting "Conflict 101"
      It's Wednesday evening in the basement of Montpelier's Kellogg-Hubbard Library, and I'm helping myself to red grapes and flavored seltzer. "Have you tried the…

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