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February 27th, 2018

Faith in Vermont: Riding in the Death Star

Posted on February 27, 2018 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



“I bought us a truck,” my husband announced one night as he walked into the house after a day at the office.

My daughters reacted to the news as if we’d just announced a candy-only dinner, a week off of school, and a trip to the beach, combined: a squealing, jumping, hands-in-the-air impromptu dance party. The first two questions they articulated were:

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February 13th

Faith in Vermont: Oh, My Dog!

Posted on February 13, 2018 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



Of all the human and non-human species that make up our family, I’ve written the least about our dog, Gracie. My daughters always do nutty things, the ducks and chickens teach us about life and death, and my husband is the “straight man” in the midst of the chaos.

But Gracie, our five-year-old labradoodle, is complicated.

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January 30th

Faith in Vermont: Safety

Posted on January 30, 2018 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



It was this year’s peculiar cocktail of sub-zero temperatures, accumulating snow, thaws with mixed precipitation followed by a return to freezing temperatures – combined with the heavy clay soil and topography of our property – that turned our yard into a skating rink.

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January 16th

Faith in Vermont: Typewriters, and the Future of Vermont

Posted on January 16, 2018 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



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Last Sunday afternoon, a friend invited me to accompany her to a screening of Doug Nichol’s new documentary film, “California Typewriter,” at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater.

Sunday afternoons are usually times I set aside to write this column, but the opportunity to go with an (adult!) friend to watch a film (for adults!) was too good to pass up.

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December 21st, 2017

Poem: At the Christmas Tree Farm

Posted on December 21, 2017 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



At the Christmas Tree Farm

Whenever I ask you

to turn down your outside speaker,

you point to your ears,

 

your trees needing to be sold.

Not that I’m against Joy

to the World.

 

Yet some afternoons,

trying to nap,

I’d like to think of joy

 

and the world in the abstract,

a place and feeling to contemplate.

And not a song

 

repeating over and over.

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December 19th

Faith in Vermont: This Little Light

Posted on December 19, 2017 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



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One week ago, my daughters made beeswax candles for the first time. Before you get impressed, this was not the sort of candle making that involves dipping wicks into a vat of hot wax; our sort of candle making involved ordering sheets of colored beeswax and a spool of wicking. Cut a length of wicking about one inch longer than the beeswax, lay it at one end of the sheet, and roll. Voila!

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December 5th

Faith in Vermont: Missing Santa Claus

Posted on December 5, 2017 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



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Our family missed Santa Claus this year.

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November 21st

Faith in Vermont: For the Boy Next Door

Posted on November 21, 2017 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



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When we moved into our current house, we moved next door to a boy. He’s an only child, and we share part of our long driveway with him and his mother.

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