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Ways of Seeing: Moving ahead will require our guidance

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Abi Sessions



“A clarifying moment.” That’s how President Obama described the election of Donald Trump at his recent press conference. A clarifying moment.

I know he can’t articulate at a press conference how it feels to anticipate eight years — or 50 years or 100 years — of work undone. I know he can’t say “How the heck are we gonna survive this one?” He has to offer an optimistic interpretation. So I’m trying to look through those relatively optimistic glasses, to see what he sees.

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Cross-country trip healthy for couple

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Jill Vickers



VERMONT — The cross-country trip is 10,000 miles long, having wound its way to the northern Midwest, south to the Corn Belt, west across the plains to the Rockies, south through desert, and west again to the Pacific.  We are off the road for a while in Santa Cruz.

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First 'adult' Thanksgiving taught valuable lessons

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Laurie Cox



The first Thanksgiving. Not the one with the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony. Not even those tiny spoonfuls of mashed potatoes, popped into my mouth in my infancy. No, the first Thanksgiving for me took place my first year out of college. That was the first time I was the one sliding the turkey into the oven, making the gravy and all the other “trimmings.” That was my first adult Thanksgiving.

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Ways of seeing: Labels sometimes mask the deeper story

Posted on June 2, 2016 |
By Abi Sessions



You might have seen in the news that citizens of Rutland are struggling with the prospect of resettling refugees from Syria into their community. I hope Rutlanders will find a way to work with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program (VRRP), and when Syrians arrive in central Vermont I hope I can personally reach out to help them resettle here.

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Opinion: In our schools, identity matters

Posted on September 10, 2015 |
By Johanna Nichols



As the summer stretches into September, children and teachers are headed back to school. Our daughter is the third generation of teachers in our family. Many conversations are starting about changes in the process of consolidating schools. What that will look like a year from now, we do not know. It will be different. It will be exciting for some and challenging for others. We’ve been moving in this direction for decades — out of the days of the one-room schoolhouse.

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Joanna Colwell: I didn't vaccinate my child ... and then I did

Posted on March 12, 2015 |
By Joanna Colwell



It’s a little embarrassing to write this column. It would be easier to keep my head down, and keep my medical decisions private. But with all the recent news about the measles outbreak, and concerns about the high numbers of unvaccinated children in Vermont, I feel I must tell my story.

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Ways of seeing: It's time for a few resolutions of the heart

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Rebecca Kneale Gould



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Ways of Seeing: Paper company wants pipeline ... but I don't

Posted on September 26, 2013 |
By Joanna Colwell



I was tired after teaching my third class last Tuesday, and I felt like going home and resting. But instead of heading for the comforts of home, I went to the middle school, along with hundreds of other people. Most of us were there because we oppose the pipeline that would carry fracked gas through Addison County on route to International Paper in Ticonderoga, N.Y.

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Opinion: Misuse of langage stops me cold

Posted on August 26, 2013 | Blog Category:
By Abi Sessions



Field Days is finished; the hectic last few weeks of August are here, and it’s time for our kids to get ready to return to school. By “our kids” I don’t mean our own sweet cherubs. I mean our collective kids, the children of Addison County. It takes a village to raise a child, right?

And it takes a village to create a literate environment to model for our children that language and learning matter.

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Ways of Seeing: Food is both salvation and destruction

Posted on August 1, 2013 |
By Joanna Colwell



It finally stopped raining today so I got on my bike to pick up my vegetables at Elmer Farm. Since I live in what is possibly the shadiest spot in Addison County (and I mean shady as in lack of sunshine, not in the illicit activity sense of the word) it’s difficult to grow a garden here.

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