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Usually, it's boys. Young boys are simply born to test the limits. Two grandsons that are 7 have simultaneously decided to do some boundary testing. One of them has taken up mocking. His mom will say … more
On this Rosh Hashanah I can see my grandmother in the kitchen playing solitaire with my son as he grew up.I can see her drinking coffee or tea out of her season mugs, the mugs that now belong to me, … more
I have a confession to make. I have not been as enamored of Ta-Nehisi Coates and his writing on race as some white people, particularly liberals, are. In fact, recently, I've discovered that I'm not … more
I've been in politics a long time, and I've been a Democrat for almost as long. Although it's only my second term in the Vermont State Senate, I was elected president of Mrs. MacMurray's 1st grade … more
It seemed to be a simple encounter. A few hours later I realized that I had had a profound experience, at least that's the way it could be interpreted.Last Friday I was having lunch at Amy's Bakery on Main Street in Brattleboro. It is one of the … more
Vermont has an excellent opportunity for new economic development, thanks to NorthStar's plan to decommission Vermont Yankee. Historically, Vermonters have worked hard to preserve our natural resources, and the cost of doing business here is … more
By now it's not clear when this thing might end. But what is clear is that Sir Tweets a Lot is off his meds and has flipped that switch to common decency to the off position. His constant boorish behavior and adolescent antics on social media have … more
In many people's minds, the blessings of a bountiful life in a place like the United States of America were made possible by the exploration and colonization ushered in by Christopher Columbus. However, this view is only one story of many.This … more
A woman approached me at my kids' school the other day. We know each other only from meetings around town; I don't think we'd ever spoken one-on-one. But something compelled her to move beyond her shyness and reserve. I was instantly curious.She … more
Many of us are having a hard time accepting the fact that we have a mentally unstable, narcissistic bully for a President (calling him a clown would be disrespectful to clowns) and we feel helpless to do anything about it. But there is some glimmer … more
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