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It is 8 a.m. on any given school day, and my questions are predictable in their seeming simplicity."What are you doing after school today?" I ask each child this question, every day. I actually ask … more
Jazz has always spoken to me in a way that no other musical genre could. When I listen to jazz I don't need any lyrics getting in the way of musical imagery. The emotion of the music has far more to … more
Generally, I am not a great football fan but for some reason the annual Army-Navy game catches my attention, not so much for the football but for the fact that the young players will be entering the … more
I find it funny to have conversations with people who think that the current administration is going to protect our "rights." They should just admit they are OK with the administration as long as it … more
Less than 20 shopping days until Christmas (even fewer if you are lighting a Menorah on Dec. 12). I understand if you don't have time to read this final installment of holiday fraud tips but take a … more
While I have mixed feelings about Thanksgiving's origins, I appreciate a holiday that focuses on gratitude, in particular gratitude for well provisioned cellars, larders, woodsheds, and the health of … more
1984 was a big year in Vermont and beyond. Madeline Kunin was elected Vermont's first female governor, Apple unveiled the Mac PC, and Phish played at Nectors each week. It's also the year Vermonters … more
One of the more traumatic days in my life happened on the Fourth of July in 1974. I was the manager of a tiny little gas station between West Lebanon and Hanover, working the holiday afternoon shift. … more
One of the really cool things about the internet is your ability to indulge your weirdness. If you have some strange itch the internet can often scratch it. Youtube is overflowing with just about … more
A recent announcement from the Vermont Public Interest Research Group brought back vivid memories of a long- forgotten legislative episode of 25 years ago.The announcement came two weeks ago in a … more
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