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Faith in Vermont http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/1579/all en Faith in Vermont: On Summer Activities, Economic Development, and Overthinking http://addisonindependent.com/201503faith-vermont-summer-activities-economic-development-and-overthinking <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/img_5314.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> Because I have children who still live at home, and because the work I do does not (yet) contribute to our household expenses, the standard description for me is: &ldquo;stay-at-home mom.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/29321/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/29321">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503faith-vermont-summer-activities-economic-development-and-overthinking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:09:46 +0000 Faith Gong 29321 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: On March and the In-Between http://addisonindependent.com/201503faith-vermont-march-and-between <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/img_5275.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/29058/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/29058">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503faith-vermont-march-and-between" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:06:45 +0000 Faith Gong 29058 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: Into the Woods http://addisonindependent.com/201502faith-vermont-woods <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.snocountry.com/trail_maps/large_trail_maps/999057055.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> If there&rsquo;s such thing as a &ldquo;real Vermont winter&rdquo; this is the first that our family has experienced, four years after moving here.</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/28748/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/28748">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502faith-vermont-woods" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:43:10 +0000 Faith Gong 28748 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: Vermont Country http://addisonindependent.com/201502faith-vermont-vermont-country <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="http://mslk.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/mslk_vermont_country_store_4.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> As a Christmas gift this year, my husband sent me away.</p> <p> I mean that in the best sense: Aware that I could use a solid chunk of quiet and solitude (that&#39;s a euphemism for &quot;escaping the children&quot;), my husband booked me a two-night stay at St. Joseph&#39;s Dwelling Place, a retreat center just outside of Ludlow, Vermont.</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/28491/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/28491">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502faith-vermont-vermont-country" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:54:18 +0000 Faith Gong 28491 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: For Shame http://addisonindependent.com/201501faith-vermont-shame <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/img_5112.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> <strong>shame,&nbsp;</strong><em>n&nbsp;</em><strong>1 &nbsp;a:&nbsp;</strong>a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety [<em>Webster&#39;s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary,&nbsp;</em>1986]</p> <p> ***</p> <p> I am not a member at&nbsp;the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op.</p> <p> <em>There! It&#39;s out!</em></p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/28214/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/28214">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501faith-vermont-shame" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:54:13 +0000 Faith Gong 28214 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: Radon -- It's a Gas! http://addisonindependent.com/201501faith-vermont-radon-its-gas <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/img_5056.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/27940/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/27940">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501faith-vermont-radon-its-gas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:42:04 +0000 Faith Gong 27940 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: On Writing, the Darkest Day, and the New Year http://addisonindependent.com/201412faith-vermont-writing-darkest-day-and-new-year <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/img_5019.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> Last week, my oldest daughter found a copy of our Christmas letter &ndash; the breezy family update that I&rsquo;d slapped together to send out with our Christmas cards. She sat down at the kitchen table to read it, without my knowledge. (It&rsquo;s still new and surprising that there are members of our family who can read besides my husband and me, and I&rsquo;ve yet to take the necessary precautions.)</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/27634/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/27634">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412faith-vermont-writing-darkest-day-and-new-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:24:01 +0000 Faith Gong 27634 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: Powerless http://addisonindependent.com/201412faith-vermont-powerless <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/img_4977.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> Life changes with the phone&#39;s ring, with a single recorded sentence:</p> <p> &quot;Good morning, this is Peter Burrows, ACSU Superintendent.&quot;</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/27461/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/27461">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412faith-vermont-powerless" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:55:42 +0000 Faith Gong 27461 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: The Slumber Party http://addisonindependent.com/201412faith-vermont-slumber-party <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3636/3334003522_bc7a4b55dd.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 323px;" /></p> <p> When my oldest daughter turned seven last month, she requested a slumber party.</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/27210/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/27210">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412faith-vermont-slumber-party" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 02 Dec 2014 10:59:19 +0000 Faith Gong 27210 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: Timber! http://addisonindependent.com/201411faith-vermont-timber <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/img_4919.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 333px;" /></p> <p> Since we bought our house in Vermont, a&nbsp;lovely Cape in the woods, our homeownership approach has been:&nbsp;<em>Act first, think later.</em></p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/26970/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/26970">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201411faith-vermont-timber" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:40:09 +0000 Faith Gong 26970 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: Riding for Home: Thoughts on Election Day http://addisonindependent.com/201411faith-vermont-riding-home-thoughts-election-day <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/img_4837.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> Because this column will&nbsp;run on Election Day, I feel compelled to&nbsp;write&nbsp;about local politics.</p> <p> I typed that sentence, and then spent five minutes staring at my computer screen. The truth is, I&#39;m terrified to write about politics.</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/26670/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/26670">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201411faith-vermont-riding-home-thoughts-election-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:11:29 +0000 Faith Gong 26670 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: The Disappeared http://addisonindependent.com/201410faith-vermont-disappeared <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/img_4829.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> This is a ghost story, except that the ghosts were never living; they were things that humans built assuming they&#39;d endure: roads, houses, towns.</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/26356/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/26356">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201410faith-vermont-disappeared" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:32:42 +0000 Faith Gong 26356 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: Mom Goes to Doe Camp http://addisonindependent.com/201410faith-vermont-mom-goes-doe-camp <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/img_4784.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> It started with fly fishing.</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/26029/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/26029">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201410faith-vermont-mom-goes-doe-camp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 07 Oct 2014 12:18:49 +0000 Faith Gong 26029 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: A Morning at the DMV http://addisonindependent.com/201409faith-vermont-morning-dmv <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/7/6043/6354946839_b2c435af2f.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 240px;" /></p> <p> <em>(NOTE: The above photo is not the actual Middlebury DMV.)</em></p> <p> I spent the morning of my 39th birthday in the waiting room of the Middlebury DMV.</p> <p> Here are a few things that you should know:</p> <p> -The Middlebury DMV is a &quot;mobile&quot; DMV, which means that it&#39;s not in operation every day. It&#39;s open for business in the Middlebury Courthouse every Thursday, and alternating Wednesdays. That&#39;s it.</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/25703/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/25703">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201409faith-vermont-morning-dmv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:17:42 +0000 Faith Gong 25703 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: The House that Electra Built http://addisonindependent.com/201409faith-vermont-house-electra-built <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/img_2872.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/25466/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/25466">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201409faith-vermont-house-electra-built" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:19:54 +0000 Faith Gong 25466 at http://addisonindependent.com