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Joanna Colwell http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/1909/all en Joanna Colwell: I didn't vaccinate my child ... and then I did http://addisonindependent.com/201503joanna-colwell-i-didnt-vaccinate-my-child-and-then-i-did <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> Joanna Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p> It&rsquo;s a little embarrassing to write this column. It would be easier to keep my head down, and keep my medical decisions private. But with all the recent news about the measles outbreak, and concerns about the high numbers of unvaccinated children in Vermont, I feel I must tell my story.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29088">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503joanna-colwell-i-didnt-vaccinate-my-child-and-then-i-did" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion vaccination Ways of Seeing Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:16:29 +0000 Trent Campbell 29088 at http://addisonindependent.com Ways of Seeing: This yoga tree holds ancient symbols to live by http://addisonindependent.com/201412ways-seeing-yoga-tree-holds-ancient-symbols-live <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> Joanna Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p> I didn&rsquo;t have enough going on over Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year&rsquo;s, so I decided to paint a 16-foot-long mural on one of the walls in the yoga studio. Really, I would have preferred to do this at any other time, but this is just how things worked out. Actually, I wasn&rsquo;t planning on painting the mural myself at all. I pictured myself more in the role of a benevolent overlord, saying encouraging things, like &ldquo;Wow, it&rsquo;s really coming along beautifully!&rdquo; Or, &ldquo;Maybe a little more green down at this end?&rdquo;</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27695">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412ways-seeing-yoga-tree-holds-ancient-symbols-live" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:50:14 +0000 Zach Despart 27695 at http://addisonindependent.com Ways of Seeing: Marching for a better world can create family memories http://addisonindependent.com/201410ways-seeing-marching-better-world-can-create-family-memories <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> Joanna Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p><div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/25896">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201410ways-seeing-marching-better-world-can-create-family-memories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Climate march Colwell family Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:50:23 +0000 Zach Despart 25896 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Sheldon earns vote of support http://addisonindependent.com/201408opinion-sheldon-earns-vote-support <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> Joanna Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">I am delighted to be able to vote for my neighbor Amy Sheldon in the upcoming Democratic primary. I have no doubt that Amy will be a wonderful representative who will work hard to implement single-payer health care in our state, which will save tax dollars and keep more Vermonters healthy.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/25106">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201408opinion-sheldon-earns-vote-support" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion legislature primary Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:51:10 +0000 Zach Despart 25106 at http://addisonindependent.com Ways of Seeing: Paper company wants pipeline ... but I don't http://addisonindependent.com/201309ways-seeing-paper-company-wants-pipeline-i-dont <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> Joanna Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20px;">I was tired after teaching my third class last Tuesday, and I felt like going home and resting. But instead of heading for the comforts of home, I went to the middle school, along with hundreds of other people. Most of us were there because we oppose the pipeline that would carry fracked gas through Addison County on route to International Paper in Ticonderoga, N.Y.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/19126">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201309ways-seeing-paper-company-wants-pipeline-i-dont" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion pipeline Ways of Seeing Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:25:12 +0000 Zach Despart 19126 at http://addisonindependent.com Joanna Colwell: A hero shows the power of compassion http://addisonindependent.com/201309joanna-colwell-hero-shows-power-compassion <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> Joanna Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We might be all mourning another Newtown-style gun tragedy, this one near Atlanta, if it weren&rsquo;t for the bravery and calm of a school clerk named Antoinette Tuff. She had just sat down at a desk, taking the place of another secretary at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, when 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill entered the school. Dressed in black and armed to the teeth, the would-be gunman appeared extremely agitated and ready to inflict harm.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18709">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201309joanna-colwell-hero-shows-power-compassion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Mon, 02 Sep 2013 15:05:23 +0000 Trent Campbell 18709 at http://addisonindependent.com Ways of Seeing: Food is both salvation and destruction http://addisonindependent.com/201308ways-seeing-food-both-salvation-and-destruction <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> Joanna Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p> It finally stopped raining today so I got on my bike to pick up my vegetables at Elmer Farm. Since I live in what is possibly the shadiest spot in Addison County (and I mean shady as in lack of sunshine, not in the illicit activity sense of the word) it&rsquo;s difficult to grow a garden here.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18176">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201308ways-seeing-food-both-salvation-and-destruction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Joanna Colwell Ways of Seeing Thu, 01 Aug 2013 13:32:24 +0000 Trent Campbell 18176 at http://addisonindependent.com Ways of Seeing: Hey, real men, don’t fear yoga http://addisonindependent.com/201307ways-seeing-hey-real-men-don%E2%80%99t-fear-yoga <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> Joanna Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p> Here is one of my favorite sayings about yoga: &ldquo;Not practicing yoga because you&rsquo;re not flexible is like not taking a bath because you&rsquo;re too dirty.&rdquo; When I meet someone at a party and they find out that I teach yoga, a common response is, &ldquo;I could never do yoga &mdash; I&rsquo;m way too stiff.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s when I get to pull out the pithy little statement above.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17886">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201307ways-seeing-hey-real-men-don%E2%80%99t-fear-yoga" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:36:00 +0000 Trent Campbell 17886 at http://addisonindependent.com Ways of Seeing: Anger should be handled like fire http://addisonindependent.com/201306ways-seeing-anger-should-be-handled-fire <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> Joanna Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p> I was talking on the phone with a dear friend, and boy was she mad! She was so angry that her voice had a hard edge to it, her breathing was rapid, and my chest felt tight just listening to her speak. Her emotion was so immediate, so current, so fresh. The incident at the root of the rage? It happened 24 years ago.</p> <p> Here&rsquo;s the thing about anger. It is like a fire that makes us hot. When we tell the story of what someone did to us that made us so angry, we are feeding the fire, adding more and more dry kindling to encourage the blaze.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17307">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201306ways-seeing-anger-should-be-handled-fire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Joanna Colwell Op/ed Ways of Seeing Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:19:54 +0000 xian 17307 at http://addisonindependent.com Ways of Seeing: Use these five points to get the best from your yoga http://addisonindependent.com/201304ways-seeing-use-these-five-points-get-best-your-yoga <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> Joanna Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p> While many people find themselves in yoga class because their doctor advised it as a natural way to lower blood pressure or relieve an aching back, the real purpose of yoga is to achieve the blissful state of awakening known as Samadhi.</p> <p> The language of yoga is Sanskrit, the sacred language of India. Akin to the place of Latin and Greek in Europe, Sanskrit is an ancient, refined and ritual language. In the branch of yoga that I study, all postures have a Sanskrit name, and seasoned students learn these names and the postures they stand for.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16372">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201304ways-seeing-use-these-five-points-get-best-your-yoga" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Op-ed Ways of Seeing Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:23:49 +0000 xian 16372 at http://addisonindependent.com Ways of Seeing: A yogic look at your beverage choices http://addisonindependent.com/201303ways-seeing-yogic-look-your-beverage-choices <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> Joanna Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p> The stone hearth around our woodstove was built by a talented jack-of-all-trades named Gary Barnett. These days, the area immediately in front of the stove is covered with bits of orange rind. Whenever we eat an organic orange, I break the peel into small pieces, and place them on the hearth to dry. Why? Because they are a frequent ingredient in the herbal teas that we serve after class in the yoga studio. After the rind has dried I add it to the large jar; each time I open it an intoxicating citrusy fragrance is released.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/15900">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201303ways-seeing-yogic-look-your-beverage-choices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:17:02 +0000 John McCright 15900 at http://addisonindependent.com Ways of Seeing: Dancing can be good yoga for lovers http://addisonindependent.com/201302ways-seeing-dancing-can-be-good-yoga-lovers <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> Joanna Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p> I love Valentine&rsquo;s Day because I love love. What could be more fun than a day dedicated to romance and chocolate? Sure, it&rsquo;s overly commercialized and all that, but why not ignore the bad and enjoy the good?</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/15422">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201302ways-seeing-dancing-can-be-good-yoga-lovers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Op/ed Ways of Seeing Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:54:35 +0000 15422 at http://addisonindependent.com Community Forum: A sarcastic reply for the NRA lobby http://addisonindependent.com/201301community-forum-sarcastic-reply-nra-lobby <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> Joanna Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>This week&rsquo;s writer is Joanna Colwell, director of Otter Creek Yoga in Middlebury&rsquo;s Marble Works District. She lives in East Middlebury.</em></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20px;">Dear NRA member,</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/15144">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201301community-forum-sarcastic-reply-nra-lobby" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion community forum gun control Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:15:23 +0000 15144 at http://addisonindependent.com Ways of Seeing: Accepting your body as it is can be perfect yoga http://addisonindependent.com/201301ways-seeing-accepting-your-body-it-can-be-perfect-yoga <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> Joanna Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p><div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/15095">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201301ways-seeing-accepting-your-body-it-can-be-perfect-yoga" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion opinion Ways of Seeing Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:42:38 +0000 15095 at http://addisonindependent.com Ways of Seeing: Grieving through tragedy with yoga http://addisonindependent.com/201212ways-seeing-grieving-through-tragedy-yoga <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> Joanna Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p align="center"> <strong>Practicing Yoga While Grieving a Tragedy</strong></p> <p> On the Saturday after the Sandy Hook shootings, I taught two silent yoga classes. I demonstrated the posture, the students watched me and then held the pose until they heard me ring a bell. At the sound of the bell, they watched me demonstrate the next pose. I looked around the room at these dedicated yoga students, each processing their grief in different ways. We were practicing yoga, breathing together, some of us crying.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/14737">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201212ways-seeing-grieving-through-tragedy-yoga" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Ways of Seeing Thu, 27 Dec 2012 21:37:02 +0000 14737 at http://addisonindependent.com