Before We Build New Prisons, Let’s Fix the System that Fills Them

VT Digger column – Schubart H. 543, a funding bill to study options for building new prisons has both drawn ire and nonsense from those supposed to act on it,… Read More

May Newsletter

Stories and News From Magic Hill May 2019   Peeps and Peepers Every spring, to ensure a steady supply of brilliant yellow-yoked eggs and feathered playmates for our grandchildren to carry around… Read More

Bridgeside Book Visit 4/18/19

Video transcript of Bill’s talk: Do you have a book in you?

Julia Alvarez likes Lila & Theron

BY THE BOOK By the Book: Julia Alvarez New York Times: April 11, 2019 The author of novels including “In the Time of the Butterflies,” just reissued for its 25th… Read More

Untitled (from Lila & Theron)

Be cold Forage and grow Haul wood and stone Go hungry Use hand tools Be bold Raise children Cure food Walk without light Keep animals Grow old Adore someone Greet… Read More

My Comments on Philanthropy to Development Directors 4/9/19

Donor cultivation and approach: Start by building a relationship not predicated on giving, but mission. Do your homework, know with whom you are meeting and understand their relative capacity. Be… Read More

The Devil Finds Work for Idle Hands

Facing an editorial deadline and desperate for some way to procrastinate, I decided it was the right time to clean out my spam folder. Since my computer deletes all spam… Read More

People of the Reeds by Gavin Maxwell

It was blowing hard and cold when we left the village, and the sky was empty and grey without individual clouds. We left the palm groves and the  stretches of… Read More

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

But experience is less likely to teach us how to bid our dearest possessions adieu. And if it were to? We wouldn’t welcome the education. For we come to hold… Read More

Lila & Theron (Sense of Place)

Hardwood Flats doesn’t appear on most local maps but the name is used by locals to describe an unmapped space between Elmore, Wolcott, and Woodbury. It’s a hardscrabble bog of… Read More

Vermont Leaning Forward: The Vermont Problem – Solutions Wiki

“We have moved from a relatively slow pace of change to an exponential rate. The rate of technological change is estimated to double every decade. Thus, so much is happening… Read More