Arts and Humanities
Just discovered “The Lamoille Stories “ and I’m a brand new fan. This is some funny shit! Grew up in Saxtons River (I’m 70) and boi the Jesus H Chroist,… Read More
Policy & Politics
Ethics and Wealth
On Tuesday, the 21st. The Guardian newspaper reported that Jeff Bezos’s wealth increased on the prior day by some $13B. … twice Vermont’s budget. His net worth now is some $189B. Bezos… Read More
Criminal Justice
In our name: The Justice Department has killed three men in one week.
Under the aegis of U.S. Attorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump, three men have been killed and Barr has celebrated the killings in our name even though 60%… Read More
Media & Press
The 2020 Vermont Media Landscape
In the Morrisville of the 1950s where I grew up, we had limited but vibrant media access. Clyde Limoge’s News and Citizen came into our home weekly, purveying all the… Read More
Health Care
Healthcare and the Role of Vermont Hospitals
As a grateful user of Vermont’s healthcare system (UVM hip replacement last year), an observer of its growth (the house I grew up in in Morrisville was next to a… Read More
Social Culture
Stepping Outside this Insular Nation
We are outside security. Through thick glass, we watch our son hoist his backpack into the X-ray machine and wait to be summoned by the TSA agent through the metal… Read More
Social Culture
Vermont's Mixed History on Race
  Like many Vermonters, I’ve been watching with pain and empathy the protests unfolding in countless cities and towns across the country. Watching the murder of George Floyd has called… Read More
Elegies
A Reflection for The United Church of Hinesburg: Rev. Baybie Hoover & Virginia Brown
(Insert audio clip invocation :28 sec.) Invocation BV 052220 In 1976, I met a blind Manhattan street singer named Reverend Baybie Hoover and her Deaconess of Music, Virginia Brown. Baybie’s… Read More
Policy & Politics
Lest We Forget: The Economic Engine is Powered by People
It’s a bizarre dichotomy in current national politics that pits the health of Americans against the health of the economy, as if the two were wholly separate entities. Many local… Read More
Vermont
Whither Vermont? What Have We Learned?
The pandemic has merely accelerated certain underlying entropic elements in Vermont’s socio-economic infrastructure and culture. Now, a consensus of Vermonters must choose between trying to restore our past with its… Read More
Vermont
Out of the Pandemic: a Secure Regional Food Supply System
Opportunities lurk in every downturn. To recover and move forward, we must do more than scramble back to the past, we must ferret out and explore better and more secure… Read More
Short Stories
The Correctional Facility
  The Correctional Facility is an illustrated novella updating Dante Alighieri’s 700-year-old classic The Inferno. Our guide however is not Virgil but Walt Whitman and Dante’s flaming pits are succeeded by… Read More