Will Artificial Intelligence make human life better or business more profitable?

I struggle with the concept of artificial intelligence(AI). Perhaps because in my 77 years I’ve had to cope with what intelligence I can perceive and distill from teachers, friends, art,… Read More

It’s Holiday Time Again. We Can Do It Better.

The observance of December religious holidays can be a source of spiritual, family, and community enrichment or, as it is for many, a descent into anxiety and consumerist hell. But… Read More

Silverbacks in India

About 30 years ago, I was burned out and needed a break from a 50–60-hour work week. I was seeing a young photographer and, out of the blue, asked her… Read More

How Men Preserve Their Privilege: Complementarianism

When mankind needs to invent a word like “complementarianism” to provide cover for his belief in the inequality of the sexes, every thinking person of any gender should pay attention.… Read More

A Town Divided

Charlotte is becoming a town divided, and the centrifugal forces dividing it have a new indicator – a second newspaper. As VTDigger reported on April 14th, a group of relative… Read More

Winooski: A pioneer in diversity and learning

On March 15, Governor Scott took a courageous and prescient action. He wrote the U.S. Department of State requesting they triple the number of refugees sent to Vermont next year.… Read More

When is a Tool a Device and When is it the Buyer?

I love to work with my hands. I love tools – the simpler the better. The ratio of a tool’s utility to its simplicity defines a tool’s excellence for me.… Read More

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

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

The True Cost of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Do you know what an A.C.E. is? It’s not your local hardware store, the winning card in your hand, nor your friend who plays professional tennis. It’s an increasing used… Read More

The Dignity of All Work

Neighbors in an upscale condo development were speculating about what the guy in the end-unit must do for a living to afford a sailboat, motorcycle, and camper. Curious, one strolled… Read More

Identity Politics

I’ve recently learned I’m a “privileged, cisgendered, white male.” This feels somewhat alien to me still – but it’s new so I’m willing to try it on and figure out… Read More