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Ways of Seeing by Cheryl Mitchell: On babies, bullies and buffers

Posted on September 20, 2018 |
By Cheryl Mitchell



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When I was a child, our family used to go to Asbury Park once a year. I was afraid of most of the rides, but loved the bumper cars. They were little self-contained units with steering wheels, accelerators, and brakes. A long pole reached up from each car to a metal flap that touched the ceiling of the ride. When the ride was turned on, electricity from the ceiling allowed the child driver of each car to careen recklessly around the arena, attempting to smash into as many other cars as possible or avoid being smashed into if that was your style.

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Ways of seeing: Small stones, strong hands, wide ripples

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Cheryl Mitchell



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A few weeks ago, many of us who work to support farms and farm workers in the county, gathered to share ideas and resources. For several years it had seemed that things were getting better: workers were able to get driving cards, purchase cars, open bank accounts, and move more freely in the community. Farming seemed to be rising in the estimation of the public as a desirable way of life and valuable asset to the Vermont economy.

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Ways of seeing: Whales above me?

Posted on May 17, 2018 |
By Cheryl Mitchell



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Last week Craig Zondag, a wonderful naturalist, took a group of us on a contemplative tour of our farm. It was eye opening to see this familiar valley through new (and very experienced) eyes. At one point, someone asked about the contours of Snake Mountain and why the hills around here have that iconic shape? Craig reminded us that the whole Champlain Valley had been underwater, with the exception of the tops of Snake Mountain and Mount Philo, which were islands.

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Ways of Seeing: A traditional meal and democracy

Posted on March 15, 2018 |
By Cheryl Mitchell



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Ways of Seeing: After-school programming is key

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By Cheryl Mitchell



On October 4, Holly Morehouse, director of the VT After-School Network, was honored for her work and vision with the $15,000 Con Hogan Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership. During the acceptance ceremony, she delivered an eye opening perspective on the importance of out-of-school programs.

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Ways of Seeing: Time to do a little sheep grazing

Posted on April 20, 2017 |
By Cheryl Mitchell



Our young granddaughter was here for part of lambing season this year. She wondered why we had to do chores so often. In the summer, we just tend the sheep once a day. This time of year, we may be checking every few hours. But she was game to try (usually) and we settled into a nice routine of checking on lambs, refilling water buckets, and offering hay and grain.

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Ways of Seeing: Speak love to power

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By Cheryl Mitchell



The Quakers have a venerable saying, “Speak Truth to Power.” I deeply appreciate the sentiment behind it, which is that we need to step forward and say something to those in power when we recognize that things are wrong: slavery, wars, discrimination, disrespect.

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Opinion: Human kindness shows after purse is lost in rubbish

Posted on August 22, 2016 |
By Cheryl Mitchell



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Ways of Seeing: A new awareness of Angels

Posted on June 30, 2016 |
By Cheryl Mitchell



As I grow older, my mind sometimes goes places faster than my typing fingers can keep up or ideas get conflated with one another when I am trying to express them. Concepts that at one time seemed “too far out there” are starting to seem possible as I am learning to see things in different ways.

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