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Re: “End of an Era: St. Johnsbury's Video King to Close Its Doors

Twenty years ago, I tried making a go of a used bookstore outside of Chittenden county. The most frustrating part were people coming in, browsing, saying, "Great. This town needs a bookstore" and then not buying anything. One woman told me, "Oh, I buy everything at Barnes & Noble."

If people don't want my wares, fine. There are reasons to shop online and big-box, and plenty of bad local businesses with bad service and bad business models. But, if you believe in local business as an idea you have to take a moment and support them when it makes sense.

Our brains are just wired, now, to us Walgreens and Amazon when local store is not really much more difficult to get to and much the same price. Once you switch over, you'll notice variety and appreciate shopping local is not just charity or a platitude.

Posted by Tom Triumph on 06/22/2019 at 2:51 PM

Re: “A B.I.G. Endeavor Aims to Spread Art, Music and Kindness

Amazing team! So happy to have a drum and use it for mediation with my three children! Love being able to wind down at the end of the day as they play their feelings of the day.

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Posted by Avery Waszkiewicz on 05/30/2019 at 11:03 AM

Re: “A Cynic Cozies Up to the Burlington Cuddle Collective

...except no drugs and not even remotely an orgy, so no actually. Entirely dissimilar.

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Posted by Brielle Barker on 04/26/2019 at 9:04 PM

Re: “A Cynic Cozies Up to the Burlington Cuddle Collective

...except no drugs and it's not even remotely an orgy, so no actually. Entirely dissimilar.

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Posted by Brielle Barker on 04/26/2019 at 8:45 PM

Re: “A Cynic Cozies Up to the Burlington Cuddle Collective

Weird. Straight out of Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD. (That's not a good thing.)

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Posted by Morris S. on 04/26/2019 at 1:40 AM

Re: “Very Cool Organizes a File-Cabinet 'Worship' Service

Love that sculpture.
Great last line, Jordan!

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Posted by Charlie Messing on 04/24/2019 at 2:47 PM

Re: “New Owners at Ripton Store Find Their Rural Groove

I've always liked this little store. Did they get rid of the porn?

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 04/11/2019 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Dharma Pugliese Teaches a Holistic Business Revolution

Hey everyone. This is Dharma J Pugliese. Thank you writing this article on our school, Chris, and thank you Seven Days for publishing it!

If you're interested in learning more about how our school can help you grow a thriving business that you feel passionate about, the next best step is to register to watch our brand new, free training by following this link (or copying and pasting it):

It's a special training to help heart-centered service professionals build highly profitable businesses.

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Posted by Dharma Jason Pugliese on 04/03/2019 at 1:36 PM

Re: “A Charlotte "Prepper" Braces for the Worst

I would love to know who this guy is, if anyone could pass on my email to him I would be really appreciative. I worry for my family all the time, and some advice word be fantastic.


Posted by jimbolunnie on 03/26/2019 at 8:47 AM

Re: “On Open Data Day, Learning Humanitarian Mapping With Code for BTV

Thank you to everyone who participated! Keep up the good work!

Volunteers who chose to label their efforts as part of this event added 1,064 buildings to the Tanzanian mapping project. Around the world on that day, volunteers added 8,879 buildings to the project.

At the start of Open Data Day, less than 1% of the project's tasks were mapped. 5 days later, 23% of them are mapped, and 1% are validated. The total number of buildings mapped so far is 14,486.

This is the power of crowdsourcing. :)

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Posted by Christina Hamilton on 03/07/2019 at 7:33 AM

Re: “How to Spend Three to Six Hours in St. Albans

Having moved back to Saint Albans a bit over four years ago after many years in Burlington, I am happy to see the changes that have taken and are taking place here. I have patronized many of the businesses mentioned and have to give a special shout out to Catalyst, not only is the coffee great, but they make a Golden Latte that is superb. Also, do stop at Evelyne's On Center, it is located in the building housing the apartment where I spent the first three years of my life, when it was a printing shop owned by my father. Evelyn Martin is one of the best bakers and confectioners that I know. Her balance of flavors is exquisite.

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Posted by Christopher Hill on 02/27/2019 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Two Vermont Galleries Take Community Engagement Seriously

With all the others I'm sure... Jesse Swett is a treasure!

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Posted by Sal Brownfield on 02/18/2019 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Scholarship Program Brings Syrian Students to St. Johnsbury Academy

What a lovely story! The experience of these students feels like a good antidote to all the furor in Rutland a couple of years ago over Syrian refugees.

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Posted by Ann Cooper on 02/14/2019 at 4:33 PM

Re: “New Human Rights Commission Director Bor Yang Has Big Plans

It puts a chill down my spine when the head of an unelected , unaccountable, big brother agency states that they have Big Plans . Brrr.

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Posted by Rich ard on 02/07/2019 at 10:33 AM

Re: “New Human Rights Commission Director Bor Yang Has Big Plans

"Several years ago, Yang said, after taking an implicit bias test, she was surprised to learn she had a slight bias in favor of able-bodied people."

She need not have worried. Implicit bias tests have proven to be a pseudo-scientific fraud. Here's a link to an article discussing the matter:

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Posted by Alex Popkin on 02/02/2019 at 11:53 PM

Re: “Remembering Seven Days Photographer Matthew Thorsen

I first met Matt while sitting inside a large cardboard box. He was standing over me with his camera on a step ladder, and we immediately had an in-depth conversation about divorce, and how it impacts children. He volunteered to be in my dance theater piece that dealt with that subject, and I later interviewed him about his own experience with his parents' divorce. That video still exists on VHS, for anyone who is interested! It clearly illustrates his openness, his willingness to be emotionally vulnerable, and to ask the really big questions. Another time he took a gorgeous shot of two of my children dressed up as character's from Lord of the Rings at the Fletcher library. I look at a large print of that every day and smile. From outer space? Definitely - it takes one to know one!

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Posted by Annette Urbschat on 01/10/2019 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Remembering Seven Days Photographer Matthew Thorsen

What a remarkable tribute, thank you for helping us understand the magnitude of this loss and appreciate his value and beautifully irreplaceable presence in our community.

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Posted by Susan Joy on 01/10/2019 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Young Muslims Find Community at Weekend Islamic School

Its for the same reason that Mary is covered in every depiction of her in every church. And the same reason why nuns cover, the Amish, and religious Jews. Its simply called modesty. Think about colonial Americans. They were modest too with their long dresses and bonnets. It wasnt until recent times that it became normal for people to dress less conservatively. Muslims are not unique. They are simply modest. Underneath that head covering they are just like everyone else.

Posted by Randy82 on 12/27/2018 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Adoptees and Parents Reflect on Transracial Adoption in Vermont

Andrea Yates's kids weren't transracial adoptees. How exactly did transracial adoption factor into the Hart murders?

Posted by Liz Leyden on 12/17/2018 at 1:28 AM

Re: “Adoptees and Parents Reflect on Transracial Adoption in Vermont

I definitely appreciated this story. While I am not a Transracial Adoptee, I am a Black woman, raising Black children in a non-diverse environment. In fact its the same environment I grew up in. The discrimination, racism, privilege and supremacy weve dealt with have been life altering. However, having parents that knew how to navigate around these issues was instrumental in my success, and Im doing the same with my kiddos.

I do advocate for the parents and families once the placements have been made. As a Culture Guide and Coach I have a passion to serve those families with Black children, and hope to be part of the process to eradicate racism. The author is right, we get coaches for sports and academics, but dont consider the value it can bring for cultural consciousness, nor do we examine the consequences of not doing the hard work!

Thank you for sharing this!

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Posted by Akili Worthy on 12/13/2018 at 9:13 AM

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