Policy & Politics
Getting to Know You....
Thanks to the VT Council on World Affairs and the Open World Leadership Program, we just hosted two young women who are journalists in Yaroslava, Russia. And I’m struck by how similar the […]
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice: A Broken System
In the criminal justice system, three groups have agency: the victim, the offender, and society at large. Our ability to balance these interests will determine the efficacy of our criminal […]
Religion & Spirit
A Different Catholic Church
I’ve been trying to picture the Catholic Church – the Mother Church if you will – as a matriarchy instead of a patriarchy, in which the first pope had been […]
Book Reviews
Book Review: The Vermont Way by Gov. Jim Douglas
The Vermont Way: A Republican Governor Leads America’s Most Liberal State By Jim Douglas (New Haven, Vt.:Common Ground Communications / A Bray Book, 2014, pp. 359, paper $35.00). Former Governor […]
Book Reviews
Book Review: Horse-Drawn Yogurt by Peter Gould
Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm By Peter Gould (Brattleboro: Green Writers Press, 2017 pp. 217, paper $19.95) I had no idea what to expect when I began reading […]
A Tree Falls in our Woods
I love working in the woods and I’ve come to know all the great trees on our land. They’re like friends – the surviving American elm that looks like a […]
Arts and Humanities
Aretha Brings It All Home
As a student fascinated with recording technology, I had the privilege of interviewing for a job at Columbia Records when I was in my mid-twenties. I was first asked a […]
Arts and Humanities
The Arts: Soul Food
Efforts to defund the National Endowment of the Arts are a quadrennial budget issue here at home. And in many countries, artists, like journalists, are censored, jailed, or even assassinated. […]
Clean Water
My favorite way to recover after a hot afternoon’s hard work has always been to chug down a quart of ice cold water from a Mason jar and then jump […]
Course Assignments
From: The Chinese Kitten by Edna A. Brown 1922
AT THE BEACH The house where the Merrills lived in Westmore was a brown cottage, but it seemed large and like a palace when the children saw the shack at […]
Course Assignments
Hank Lambert Memoir: Horses Don't Pull
Horses Don’t Pull Farm accidents happen all the time. There are so many things to trip over and fall down from in the barn, in the woods, in the hay […]
Course Assignments
Elder College Memoir Assignment: Marcel Proust: In Search of Lost Time - Overture
OVERTURE For a long time I used to go to bed early. Sometimes, when I had put out my candle, my eyes would close so quickly that I had not […]