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Most waterbodies marking a boundary between two states or countries have an imaginary dotted line running down their middle. The Connecticut River does not because as everyone `knows' the river … more
This summer, we saw two studies about Vermont that appeared in contrast: One rated Vermont as one of the best places to live. The other paints Vermont as a hard place to find employees and run a … more
We're now in our 70th year of national crisis. "Society is in peril of imminent collapse unless we do something about education," is the mantra. It would seem that if we had an "imminent" crisis a … more
I've written about my fascination with the website "Flight Radar 24." Since I began looking at that website, just to see what is flying over my home, I have made other observations as well. One of … more
Each year I try to grow some new things in my vegetable garden, varieties that I've never tried before. Sometimes my efforts are a bust, and I never grow them again. Then sometimes something new … more
Last week The Commons ran an op-ed piece by Tamara Stenn in which she described how her father-in-law was treated in the emergency room at Brattleboro Memorial hospital in the age of profits before … more
As a Democrat with a progressive bent, universal access to quality health care and the single payer model always made sense to me. That turned to fervor when my son was hit by a truck.He was 23 and … more
When you cast doubt on the organizations that are meant to serve and protect, you endanger everyone. When you cast doubt on the organizations that inform the masses, you endanger the masses. When you … more
Deciding to have a baby is an exciting time. For same-sex couples, the excitement is punctuated with logistical questions. How will we conceive? Will we use a known donor? An anonymous donor? A … more
I enjoy metal-work. I'm not very good at it yet, but I still enjoy it. It's too bad that skills aren't genetically transferred. My Great Grandfather was a Blacksmith on Melrose in West Brattleboro … more
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