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Gregory Dennis: When the call comes about mom

Posted on June 1, 2016 |
By Gregory Dennis



You know the call is going to come. If you’re a Baby Boomer with an aging parent, it’s inevitable.

When your mother is 92 and living on her own a thousand miles away, you know the news is out there in the unknowable future.

And then one Monday the phone rings and the future becomes a little more knowable.

“Greg, this is Audrey, your mother’s housekeeper. Miz Dennis is in the hospital and not doing very well.”

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Gregory Dennis: Phoning from the Land of Enchantment

Posted on May 5, 2016 |
By Gregory Dennis



When did everybody suddenly own a smart phone? We’ve gone from a world in which people sat and talked with one another to a world in which we sit side-by-side, ignoring each other and staring at our phones.

This may actually represent progress. Before we could access the interwebs on our phone, every mobile user seemed to think they were required to communicate by speaking loudly at all times — “cell yell,” they called it.

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Gregory Dennis: Echoes of the ski winter that wasn't

Posted on April 21, 2016 |
By Gregory Dennis



Most of us have moved on from winter. But for skiers, the memories of the past season echo like one long car crash.

Most Vermonters have enjoyed a winter of lower heating bills and the occasional day without wool hat and gloves. Skiers and boarders, though, have suffered through the worst winter in living memory.

Someone reported that this was the mildest winter since 1955-56. I can’t really confirm that, having been three years old at the time.

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Gregory Dennis: Legalizing weed and weaning off coal

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By Gregory Dennis



It’s that time of year again, when things start to get really interesting in Montpelier.

The Legislature that brought the nation groundbreaking laws on marriage equality, health insurance and GMO food labeling will decide another highly charged question in the next month:

Should Vermont be the first state to legalize marijuana by legislation? (Colorado and Washington legalized pot by statewide plebiscites.)

Also on the docket is a controversial bill to give towns some say in the siting of solar and wind energy projects.

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Gregory Dennis: Our hospital seeks a port in a storm

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Gregory Dennis



If Porter were a patient, you would say she needed continuing medical attention.

The nurses have been unhappy with working conditions for several years, and this year the medical system’s doctors have gone public with their own concerns.

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Greg Dennis: We can make nature sacred again

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By Gregory Dennis



If you follow the wide trail through thick pine woods above the Robert Frost cabin in Ripton, a more rugged path breaks off to the right.

It’s as much stream bed as it is trail. Especially in this stop-and-start winter when frost and mud and tree roots confound the skier and hiker.

Rambling up that trail eventually leads to what is, for some of us, a sacred little spot.

Today in that place sits just the sorry shambles of an old house.

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Gregory Dennis: How to talk about climate change?

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



Can we speak about the unspeakable? Is there a way to bring light and hope to the dark topic of climate change?

With the nations of the world gathered this week in Paris, the words we use to speak about climate change have become even more important.

How we frame a big issue shapes how we think about it and what actions we take: Are you, for example, pro-life or do you favor responsible family planning?

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Gregory Dennis: Obama, Wolff and 'The Audacity of Hoop'

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



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When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, the longtime Sports Illustrated writer Alex Wolff did a piece for the magazine about Obama and basketball.

That began a long journey for Wolff, a Cornwall resident, tracing the president’s heartfelt ties to this most American of games. (Basketball was, after all, invented just a few hours down the road from here in Springfield, Mass.)

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Gregory Dennis: Ready or another automotive romance

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



I bought my first car 41 years ago at Weybridge Garage. It was a 1970 VW Bug with 90,000 miles and four years of Vermont road rust.

I had acquired just enough money from college graduation presents to buy a car. So I bought the first Bug I saw.

Owning a VW was virtually a generational requirement at the time. Plus my girlfriend and I needed wheels as we embarked on the trial-by-fire of living together.

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Gregory Dennis: When summer gets gobbled down

Posted on October 15, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



I awoke today and found

Frost perched on the town

It hovered in a frozen sky

And gobbled summer down

–Joni Mitchell, “Urge for Going”

 

The firewood truck came yesterday. A cord of the sweetest smelling maple and oak and even some birch, from the venerable A. Johnson operation.

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