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Between the Lines http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/305/all en Greg Dennis: Remembering the granddaddy of holidays http://addisonindependent.com/201312greg-dennis-remembering-granddaddy-holidays <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> Gregory Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> There&rsquo;s an old saying that you can take the boy out of the country, but you can&rsquo;t take the country out of the boy.</p> <p> To which I would add that while you can take the boy out of Christmas &mdash; you can turn him into a non-Christian, tree-hugging dirt worshipper &mdash; you can&rsquo;t take the Christmas out of the boy.</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/20798">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201312greg-dennis-remembering-granddaddy-holidays" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Between the Lines Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:37:22 +0000 John McCright 20798 at http://addisonindependent.com Between the Lines: Bob Dylan hiding in plain sight http://addisonindependent.com/201307between-lines-bob-dylan-hiding-plain-sight <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> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> The Dylan tickets arrived in the mail a couple weeks before last Sunday&rsquo;s show at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. I&rsquo;d spent a ridiculous amount of money to get the best seats.</p> <p> Dylan is 72 and he&rsquo;s been a smoker forever and survived a weird heart ailment. So if you&rsquo;re a fan, you always have to wonder if the next Dylan show you see will be the last one.</p> <p> And having seen him perform in hayfields, outdoor venues, and cavernous basketball arenas, I wanted just once to see him up close.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18082">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201307between-lines-bob-dylan-hiding-plain-sight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Between the Lines Greg Dennis Op/ed Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:19:14 +0000 xian 18082 at http://addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: Making a wish list for spring http://addisonindependent.com/201305greg-dennis-making-wish-list-spring <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> Gregory Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> My current springtime list of things to do starts with this small mountain:</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp; Buy electric lawnmower.</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp; Mow grass the thickness of dreadlocks.</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp; Regret that I didn&rsquo;t buy a bigger electric lawnmower.</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp; Try to remember where I stored my bicycle and summer car tires.</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp; Send fly rod for repairs after I jammed it in a car window.</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp; Buy new fishing waders to replace the ones that balloon into fat-man pants every time I step into a river.</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/16726">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201305greg-dennis-making-wish-list-spring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Between the Lines Thu, 02 May 2013 15:36:26 +0000 John McCright 16726 at http://addisonindependent.com Between the Lines: Farming Vermont for wind power http://addisonindependent.com/201304between-lines-farming-vermont-wind-power <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> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes it seems like environmentalists have put themselves on such a state of red alert that we can&rsquo;t see a good thing when it&rsquo;s right in front of us.</p> <p> We&rsquo;re so used to fighting every inappropriate intrusion upon Mother Earth, that even the idea of using wind to provide electrical power can seem like a threat.</p> <p> So when they could be organizing to support alternative energy sources such as wind farms, a few environmentalists have decided that because wind power, like any energy source, has some small drawbacks, wind is a bad idea altogether.</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/16487">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201304between-lines-farming-vermont-wind-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Between the Lines Greg Dennis Op-ed Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:28:36 +0000 xian 16487 at http://addisonindependent.com Between the Lines: In D.C., climate voices for the future http://addisonindependent.com/201302between-lines-dc-climate-voices-future <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> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> Most Americans have never joined a political demonstration.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s too bad. Because as I was reminded again last Sunday while joining yet another demonstration, it can be tons of fun.</p> <p> The rally this time was &ldquo;Forward on Climate,&rdquo; a boisterous gathering in Washington, D.C., of 35,000 people, who called on President Obama to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline.</p> <p> The future of the pipeline is up to Obama because it would cross the Canada-U.S. border to bring the dirtiest oil on the planet from Alberta to refineries in the southern U.S.</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/15553">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201302between-lines-dc-climate-voices-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Between the Lines Greg Dennis Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:00:47 +0000 15553 at http://addisonindependent.com Between the Lines: On climate, divestment as investment http://addisonindependent.com/201301between-lines-climate-divestment-investment <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> Gregory Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> There&rsquo;s an esoteric-sounding word echoing across campuses and board rooms this winter.</p> <p> Like many colleges and universities across the country, Middlebury College is suddenly facing demands from students, faculty and alumni about &ldquo;divestment&rdquo;: withdrawing investments from companies whose primary business is the production and sale of fossil fuels. UVM is facing similar demands.</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/15088">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201301between-lines-climate-divestment-investment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Between the Lines opinion Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:28:14 +0000 15088 at http://addisonindependent.com Between the Lines: Tar sands and Town Meeting Day http://addisonindependent.com/201301between-lines-tar-sands-and-town-meeting-day-0 <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> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> Vermont town meeting is traditionally a forum for issues that are local and often relatively small &mdash; how much money to spend on mosquito control, for example.</p> <p> But sometimes the matters brought to town meeting are global and large. Many towns, for example, voiced their opposition to the continuing war in Iraq in 2005.</p> <p> This year, a number of Vermont towns will be considering another big question with global implications: Should they go on record as opposing a proposal to pipe highly polluting &ldquo;tar sands&rdquo; oil through Vermont?</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/14878">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201301between-lines-tar-sands-and-town-meeting-day-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Between the Lines Greg Dennis Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:05:14 +0000 14878 at http://addisonindependent.com Between the Lines: Tar sands and Town Meeting Day http://addisonindependent.com/201301between-lines-tar-sands-and-town-meeting-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> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> Vermont town meeting is traditionally a forum for issues that are local and often relatively small &mdash; how much money to spend on mosquito control, for example.</p> <p> But sometimes the matters brought to town meeting are global and large. Many towns, for example, voiced their opposition to the continuing war in Iraq in 2005.</p> <p> This year, a number of Vermont towns will be considering another big question with global implications: Should they go on record as opposing a proposal to pipe highly polluting &ldquo;tar sands&rdquo; oil through Vermont?</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/14877">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201301between-lines-tar-sands-and-town-meeting-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Between the Lines Greg Dennis Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:05:09 +0000 14877 at http://addisonindependent.com Between the Lines: Books: My picks and pans of 2012 http://addisonindependent.com/201212between-lines-books-my-picks-and-pans-2012 <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> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> There are few things as boring as a dinner party where the dominant subject of discussion is what movies we&rsquo;ve all seen. We&rsquo;re all just casual moviegoers offering up pablum about how great Meryl Streep is and wasn&rsquo;t the scenery pretty.</p> <p> But a dinner gathering where the discussion turns to books? That&rsquo;s my kind of party.</p> <p> A conversation like that forces us to actually use our brains. To offer an informed view of why the novel we just finished was so remarkable, or what was lacking in the memoir that preceded it.</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/14735">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201212between-lines-books-my-picks-and-pans-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Between the Lines Greg Dennis Thu, 27 Dec 2012 21:34:37 +0000 14735 at http://addisonindependent.com Between the Lines: Christmas for Christians - and Jews, too? http://addisonindependent.com/201212between-lines-christmas-christians-and-jews-too <p> Is Christmas a Christian holiday?</p> <p> Maybe the people who keep urging us to put the Christ back in Christmas have a point. At a time when a growing number of Americans identify with no religious institution, we&rsquo;ve lost much of the holiday&rsquo;s religious value.</p> <p> But many historians believe the historical Jesus was born in the spring. The timing and some of the rituals of modern-day Christmas (e.g., the tree hauled in from the forest) appropriate pagan, solstice celebrations for the purposes of the dominant religious paradigm of our time.</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/14557">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201212between-lines-christmas-christians-and-jews-too" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Between the Lines Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:52:24 +0000 Addison Independent 14557 at http://addisonindependent.com Between the Lines: The election and deja vu http://addisonindependent.com/201211between-lines-election-and-deja-vu <p> Has anybody else noticed that it&rsquo;s the 1960s again?</p> <p> We&rsquo;re trying to wind down an unpopular war.</p> <p> The voices of blacks, women and young voters are louder than ever.</p> <p> Last week, two states approved the use of marijuana just for fun. Three states voted to approve same-sex marriage.</p> <p> Gays can now serve openly in the military and have increasingly prominent roles in business and government. Wisconsin just elected the first openly gay U.S. senator.</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/14155">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201211between-lines-election-and-deja-vu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Between the Lines Thu, 15 Nov 2012 14:38:25 +0000 Andrew Stein 14155 at http://addisonindependent.com Between the Lines: Lessons learned in 20 years of living http://addisonindependent.com/201208between-lines-lessons-learned-20-years-living <p> On the verge of turning 60, I find that I&rsquo;ve learned a few things. Here are some of them:</p> <p> In the face of all the misery in this world, I don&rsquo;t know of a better response than to try to be happy. And while I admire people who sacrifice their own happiness to make the world a better place, I think a wiser choice is to work both on giving something back and on developing one&rsquo;s own inner happiness. The responsibility goes outward and inward.</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/12713">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201208between-lines-lessons-learned-20-years-living" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Between the Lines Thu, 02 Aug 2012 14:30:32 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 12713 at http://addisonindependent.com Between the Lines: From a master ecologist, life everlasting http://addisonindependent.com/201206between-lines-master-ecologist-life-everlasting <p> Bernd Heinrich opens his exploration of the natural way of dying, &ldquo;Life Everlasting,&rdquo; with a quote from Khalil Gibran that sets the tone for the rest of this absorbing work:</p> <p> &ldquo;If you would know the secret of death you must seek it in the heart of life.&rdquo;</p> <p> It&rsquo;s death, and its life-giving virtues, that are the focus of this 16th volume from Heinrich, a Hinesburg resident and professor emeritus at UVM.</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/12244">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201206between-lines-master-ecologist-life-everlasting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Between the Lines Thu, 21 Jun 2012 18:43:08 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 12244 at http://addisonindependent.com Between the Lines: In springtime love's labors lost http://addisonindependent.com/201206between-lines-springtime-loves-labors-lost <p> It was one of the hardest phone calls I&rsquo;d ever had to make.</p> <p> We&rsquo;d been seeing each other since last fall. Now it had finally become clear that things just weren&rsquo;t going to work out.</p> <p> Even when you know you&rsquo;ve got to end it, though, it&rsquo;s always hard to tell the other party.</p> <p> Our relationship had seemed so right at first.</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/12050">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201206between-lines-springtime-loves-labors-lost" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Between the Lines Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:43:42 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 12050 at http://addisonindependent.com Between the Lines: Curmudgeonly commencement advice http://addisonindependent.com/201205between-lines-curmudgeonly-commencement-advice <p> Once again this year, I have been asked to be a last-minute fill-in as the Middlebury College commencement speaker.</p> <p> Those of you who were at last year&rsquo;s commencement will find this especially puzzling. You may recall that my speech ended with a public disavowal by the college president, an escort off the premises by campus security officers, and the filing of multiple charges against me.</p> <p> But my attorney assures me that most of the charges have been settled. And (more good news), the visits to my parole officer have been reduced from daily down to weekly.</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/11917">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201205between-lines-curmudgeonly-commencement-advice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Between the Lines Thu, 24 May 2012 19:59:17 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 11917 at http://addisonindependent.com