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Clippings by Angelo: Secret of a father’s editorial voice

Posted on May 23, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



When I look back on it, Dad was a gentle teacher.

But it wasn’t innate; it’s a skill to learn.

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Around the Bend: Keeping it simple, the hard way

Posted on May 23, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



Seven years ago, my husband, Mark, and I impulsively bought an old farmhouse, with land and a couple of barns. We set out to fulfill our dream of “the simple life”: tending animals and growing our own food.

Yes, we are idiots.

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Ways of Seeing: A reflection on Mother’s Day

Posted on May 23, 2013 |
By Rebecca Kneale Gould



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The Outside Story: Bright, beautiful creatures advertise their secret weapons

Posted on May 20, 2013 |
By Li Shen



In the natural world predation is relentless, and evading predators strongly favors the evolution of camouflage colors in animals. How contradictory then, for small, defenseless creatures — like red efts and monarch butterflies — to be sporting a bright shade of orange. But there is more to their cheerful color than meets the eye. Both the eft and the monarch are poisonous.

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Politically Thinking: Missteps weaken Obama's hand

Posted on May 16, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



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Between the Lines: When a man's fancy turns to lawn mowing

Posted on May 16, 2013 |
By Greg Dennis



Is it just me, or can springtime seem a little overwhelming?

I get the part about how green and warm and wonderful it is. I’m reveling in it.

Even my cat is juiced about spring.

When I wouldn’t let him out one recent morning, he launched himself from an open second-story window and landed on the stone patio, 15 feet below. I found him down there, no worse the wear for his Superman imitation, licking his paws and purring.

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Opinion: Should Legislature have access to tax returns

Posted on May 16, 2013 |
By William Sayre



This week’s writer is William Sayre of Bristol, an economist formerly with the Federal Reserve and a commentator on Ethan Allen Institute’s Common Sense Radio, broadcasting from WDEV radio in Waterbury.

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Community Forum: Middle East policy missteps abound

Posted on May 13, 2013 |
By Haviland Smith



More than two years have passed since a Tunisian man immolated himself and launched what became known as the Arab Spring. While the changes set in motion by the various uprisings in the Arab world remain works in progress, it might still be revealing to examine the role played by U.S. involvement and foreign policy in shaping events.

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The Outside Story: For the pussy willow, spring is it’s time to shine

Posted on May 13, 2013 |
By Virginia Barlow



Last fall, I went to a nearby wetland with a pair of clippers and cut twigs from one willow shrub after another. It wasn’t hard to tell the willows from the non-willows because willows are the only woody plants in this area whose buds are covered by a single bud scale. These cute, pointy caps are very different from the overlapping scales that protect most buds through the winter. And the few woody plants with no protective scales are easily recognizable: their naked, embryonic leaves rely on a coating of woolliness to keep them from desiccating or freezing.

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Clippings: Just rollin' along, singin' a song

Posted on May 9, 2013 |
By John McCright



I’ve stumbled onto an unexpected joy of parenting: singing with my children.

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