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
Arts and Humanities
Hello Bill, I am leading a Zoom workshop this coming Sunday focusing on a couple of tunes from Louis Beaudoin and I would love to share the wonderful photo from… 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
Education
The Future of Vermont's State College System
A phoenix will rise from the ashes of the Vermont State College System (VSC), but it will take courage, patience, vision, and an end to the blame game – though… Read More
Education
The VT State College System Board’s decision to close three VSC college campuses
I am writing to suggest that the entire process leading up to a VSC Board vote this coming Monday to close three campuses and consolidate VT Tech in Williston is… Read More
Humor & Satire
Blood Supply Safety Questionnaire
Thank you for giving blood today. In order to maintain a safe blood supply, we must ask you to fill out the following questionnaire. Many questions are personal, but will… Read More
Humor & Satire
President Trump alone in bed at night
I miss my mother, Mary. I always knew she loved me, even though she was a hard woman. I loved my father too, but realized when I was little that… Read More