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Clippings: Fighting the heat of a boat-load of fun

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By Faith Gong



“It only gets really hot in Vermont for about one week every summer.”

That’s what we tell ourselves here in order to make ourselves feel better about Vermont’s widespread lack of central air conditioning.

It’s not true, of course: This summer, like every other summer since our family moved to Vermont, we experienced at least three distinct bouts of uncomfortably hot and humid temperatures. But, you see, it’s not worth investing in central air because it’s only really hot for about one week every summer.

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Faith in Vermont: Once More to the Water

Posted on August 25, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



“It only gets really hot in Vermont for about one week every summer.”

That’s what we tell ourselves here in order to make ourselves feel better about Vermont’s widespread lack of central air conditioning.

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Faith in Vermont: In Which I Butcher Some Chickens

Posted on August 11, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



“So, what does one wear to butcher chickens?” I asked my friend Courtney over the phone. We were confirming our plans for the following night; I was focusing on the priorities. (The answer, in case you were wondering, is: anything that you don’t mind coming into contact with blood, guts, feathers, and – above all – that chicken smell.)

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Faith in Vermont: Marriage, Thirteen Years Later

Posted on July 28, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



July 20, 2002, 8 AM

I spent the night with my mother at The Colony Club on Park Avenue in New York City, where the wedding reception will take place.

I didn’t sleep much; I was too excited. Instead, I finished reading The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien’s masterful novel about the Vietnam War: an odd reading choice for a bride-to-be, perhaps, but it definitely takes my mind off of the wedding.

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Clippings: Summer can test parents' patience

Posted on July 23, 2015 |
By Faith Gong



“I am so bored. I’m bored to death!” moans my 7-year-old daughter.

We are three weeks into summer vacation. For one of those weeks, she attended a day camp at Lake Dunmore. For two and a half of those weeks, her grandparents visited from California; this visit included a trip to the Six Flags Great Escape water and amusement parks, a day at Shelburne Farms, the Ilsley Library summer reading truck touch, and a strawberry picking outing. For two weeks, she took daily swimming lessons at the Middlebury Town Pool.

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Faith in Vermont: A Midsummer Sampler (With Kids)

Posted on July 14, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



“I am so bored. I’m bored to death!” moans my 7-year-old daughter.

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Faith in Vermont: Changing My Mind

Posted on June 30, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



It can be humbling to write a bi-weekly newspaper column: Few things more effectively highlight one’s capacity for change – or inconsistency, denial, and flip-flopping.  I’m not convinced that this is a bad thing; isn’t the point of individual human existence to grow and change? Isn’t it natural that the ideas expressed in a column should evolve along with the human writing that column?

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Faith in Vermont: The Moms Are All Right

Posted on June 16, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



This column will be published immediately following the last day of Addison County’s 2014-15 school year.

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Faith in Vermont: Take It Easy

Posted on June 2, 2015 | Blog Category:
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Faith in Vermont: Lessons from the Garden

Posted on May 19, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



The older I get, the more I love gardening.

I have commented previously in this column about my ambivalence towards gardening -- the result of a childhood spent watching my parents slave away each weekend in their garden -- and the unfavorable gardening conditions in my own rock-infested, tree-shaded yard. One could quite rightly characterize my current relationship with my garden as "rocky."

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