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Greg Dennis: The intricacies of male hugging

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Greg Dennis



Hugging is a wonderful way to express affection. It’s one of my favorite things to do.

But when it comes to men hugging their casual male friends, I’m sure I speak for many men when I say:

Can’t we just go back to shaking hands?

I’m not sure when it was that hugging among men became the New Normal. Maybe it started back in the Seventies, when feminist-oriented women (rightly) started pounding it into our feeble male brains that it wouldn’t kill us to show some public affection to other men, now and then.

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Greg Dennis: Toking, taxes and the new Vermont green

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Greg Dennis



Reports commissioned by a state legislature are famous fodder for recycling bins.

But a recent report prepared for the Vermont Legislature promises to be widely read and debated. That’s because it’s about a topic with lots of buzz in every sense of the word: Should Vermont legalize marijuana?

We’ve already decriminalized possession of less than an ounce. Now Vermont is seriously debating whether to join four states and the District of Columbia by fully legalizing the wily weed.

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Greg Dennis: Stay out of the police log in 2015

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Greg Dennis



However 2014 may have treated you, perhaps you can take some small comfort from the fact that it didn’t include any of the incidents below. They’re drawn from police reports published in this newspaper last year.

Hi, Ho, Silver! Late one night last July, Bristol police had to use a rope to capture a riderless horse that was galloping down Main Street. The horse was returned to its owner.

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Greg Dennis: Skiing always made the best memories, and continues to do so

Posted on December 17, 2014 |
By Greg Dennis



Every sport has its own nostalgia.

Red Sox fans remember where they were when the Curse of the Bambino was finally broken. Patriots partisans know exactly how Tom Brady engineered that last Super Bowl-winning drive. Basketball fans even trek to the dreary hall of fame in Springfield, Mass.

But few sports are as redolent with nostalgia as downhill skiing is.

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Greg Dennis: Optimism after the elections

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Greg Dennis



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Greg Dennis: Ag traditions old and new in House race

Posted on October 23, 2014 |
By Greg Dennis



It’s been true for decades that in Vermont most of us no longer live or work on farms. Addison County sometimes even seems to be slowly suburbanizing.

So it’s easy to forget how wrapped up Vermont’s identity remains with agriculture — from the beauty of our landscape to the local produce at the natural foods store around the corner.

While our politics are often dominated by concerns about energy, social services and healthcare, agriculture still has a big role to play.

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Greg Dennis: Dial 'stolen phone' for aggravation

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Greg Dennis



I knew as soon as I walked back into the office that there was a problem.

I had two of the big three — my wallet and keys. But I couldn’t locate my iPhone.

After several frantic searches of the car, I called the café where I’d been sitting outside while I worked on email and quaffed a coffee. They checked the tables where I’d been sitting and didn’t see the phone.

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Greg Dennis: Paul McCartney's long, winding road

Posted on July 9, 2014 |
By Greg Dennis



I always liked John best.

He had the most irreverent sense of humor. He wasn’t afraid to make the kind of brutally frank social commentary that we heard from so few public figures back then.

John once said the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus,” and he might have been right.

George was inscrutable, and Ringo was for girls — except for the girls who like Paul best. He was the cute one.

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Greg Dennis: At a college reunion, ghosts of present and past

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Greg Dennis



A woman takes her seat for a long train ride in a foreign country. She’s a plant biologist who travels the world to study and document rare plant species. It’s one more trip among many.

For the past two years, since her husband Michael died, she’s been traveling even more. Sometimes staying ahead of the pain, sometimes just learning to live with it. (This is a true story, though the names and some details have been changed to protect the principals’ identities.)

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Greg Dennis: I Spy the stranger of my dreams

Posted on May 1, 2014 |
By Greg Dennis



"In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to love,” wrote the poet Tennyson.

But in the “I Spy” section of personal ads in Seven Days, the fancy of men and women isn’t restricted to springtime. It turns to love all year round.

The Burlington-based alternative weekly has been running I Spy ads for most of its nearly 20 years, helping casual strangers make romantic connections.

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