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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…
    • Trading Places
    • Trading Places

      An inveterate mover finds her way home
      In the past 15 years, my husband and I have lived in 17 different abodes. Among others, there was a loft in Montréal; an…
    • The Sounds of Silence
    • The Sounds of Silence

      A writer considers suicide, privacy and the public’s “need” to know
      Twice this past year, while sitting at my desk at the University of Vermont, I’ve received an email telling me that a student has…
    • 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…
    • The Waiting Game
    • The Waiting Game

      Bad restaurant service might be your own fault
      Dining out is one of modern culture’s great equalizers and a cornerstone of social activity. It is an integral part of how we celebrate,…
    • Snow Way
    • Snow Way

      A Vermonter defends his right not to ski
      I am a Vermonter, and I hate skiing. In the idyllic, rolling hills of our state, that statement is near sacrilege. To air a…
    • "Temp" Teaching
    • "Temp" Teaching

      For better or worse, adjunct faculty are here to stay
      When you send your kids to college, who’s going to teach them? The white-haired Dumbledore types many people imagine when they hear the word…
    • Let's Get Visible
    • Let's Get Visible

      Calling all queers: There's more to our movement than matrimony
      Have you driven north on Route 30 or east on Route 25 lately? No? Then you haven’t seen the “Take Back Vermont” signs that are…
    • 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…
    • Down Memory Lane
    • Down Memory Lane

      In an art exhibit on Alzheimer's, a writer finds shades of her own past
      My father knew it was coming. Alzheimer’s disease had been on his radar ever since his own father died of the mysterious malady. Witnessing the…
    • Farewell to the Flesh
    • Farewell to the Flesh

      A committed carnivore tries a week of herbivory
      Walking the aisles of Price Chopper, I felt as if I were being led to Old Sparky. The chain around my ankles? I’d pledged to…
    • 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…
    • Heart Strings
    • Heart Strings

      As Mike Lussen leaves Woods Tea Company, a fan reflects
      It is hard for this writer to type those words. This writer rummages for some wisecrack, some flip follow-up to take the sting out…
    • 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…
    • Home, Sweeter Home
    • Home, Sweeter Home

      How Lakeview changed my life: a tale of real estate redemption
      I wasn’t looking for a new house. I thought I was perfectly happy in the 800-square-foot “single-family” home I’d occupied for 20 years in Burlington’s…
    • Family Ties
    • Family Ties

      Why one nonbiological parent wants to give up adoption
      On October 27, 2009, I adopted my son, Graham, and my daughter, Ivy. When I posted the news on Facebook, more than 40 people…
    • Now We're Cooking
    • Now We're Cooking

      Against expectations, 2009 has been a banner year for dining out in northern Vermont
      Necessity is the mother of invention, the saying goes. But foodies surveying the 2009 Burlington-area restaurant scene may be more tempted to say desperation…

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