Vermont’s Forgotten History of Racial Bigotry

It’s hard for a veteran opinion writer to admit confusion. But the recent chaos in Virginia has humbled this writer and it has nothing to do with politics. Growing up […]

February Newsletter from Magic Hill

Stories and News From Magic Hill February 2019   Share The Ultimate Love Story During the month of February, I am offering an autographed copy of Lila & Theron at the publisher’s price […]

The Coming College Storm

My private college tuition in 1968 was $2,800, 50 years later it’s $50,000. Meanwhile, state support for public colleges has diminished and educational value has changed both for better and […]

Town Meeting: It’s Time to Ban Plastic Bags

All of the plastic manufactured since Bakelite debuted during the Depression still litters the earth. The world is choking on an invention that’s barely a century old. Today, shoppers worldwide […]

Vermont: The Forest for the Trees

As one who’s never served in political office, I often remind myself how easy it is to opine with impunity about what’s right and wrong with our state and national […]

Economic Development: We can do better.

In a recent VTDigger piece, Secretary of Commerce and Community Development, Mike Schirling, highlighted actions his agency has taken to make a positive impact on Vermont’s previously lackluster economic development […]

January Newsletter

Stories and News From Magic Hill January 2019  Vol.2, Issue 10 Greetings 2019 My New Year’s resolutions are just that… high hopes for a resolution to the bipolar weather patterns […]

An Open Letter to the Vermont Legislature

Dear Legislators, First, thank you all for your willingness to serve your constituents and all Vermonters. You are appreciated by most of us. But please remember, you serve both the […]

Children and Families

The nation was appalled by televised scenes on America’s southern border of ICE forcibly separating children from their parents after a Justice Department ruling that to do so was legal […]

December Newsletter

Stories and News From Magic Hill December 2018  Vol.1, Issue 9 December Will the premature arrival of snow this fall teach me anything? Yet again, I’m annoyed by the snowfall’s […]

Our Atlanta Family Wedding

We just attended a family wedding in Atlanta. And it was the kind of rare family event that stays with one for a lifetime. Not only a joyous commitment of […]

Don’t medicate grief

Recently, the leader of a major eastern university observed that twenty-five per cent of his incoming class this year is on some form of prescribed psychotropic medication for ADHD, depression, […]