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Greg Dennis: We can make nature sacred again

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By Gregory Dennis



If you follow the wide trail through thick pine woods above the Robert Frost cabin in Ripton, a more rugged path breaks off to the right.

It’s as much stream bed as it is trail. Especially in this stop-and-start winter when frost and mud and tree roots confound the skier and hiker.

Rambling up that trail eventually leads to what is, for some of us, a sacred little spot.

Today in that place sits just the sorry shambles of an old house.

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Gregory Dennis: How to talk about climate change?

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



Can we speak about the unspeakable? Is there a way to bring light and hope to the dark topic of climate change?

With the nations of the world gathered this week in Paris, the words we use to speak about climate change have become even more important.

How we frame a big issue shapes how we think about it and what actions we take: Are you, for example, pro-life or do you favor responsible family planning?

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Gregory Dennis: Obama, Wolff and 'The Audacity of Hoop'

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



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When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, the longtime Sports Illustrated writer Alex Wolff did a piece for the magazine about Obama and basketball.

That began a long journey for Wolff, a Cornwall resident, tracing the president’s heartfelt ties to this most American of games. (Basketball was, after all, invented just a few hours down the road from here in Springfield, Mass.)

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Gregory Dennis: Ready or another automotive romance

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



I bought my first car 41 years ago at Weybridge Garage. It was a 1970 VW Bug with 90,000 miles and four years of Vermont road rust.

I had acquired just enough money from college graduation presents to buy a car. So I bought the first Bug I saw.

Owning a VW was virtually a generational requirement at the time. Plus my girlfriend and I needed wheels as we embarked on the trial-by-fire of living together.

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Gregory Dennis: When summer gets gobbled down

Posted on October 15, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



I awoke today and found

Frost perched on the town

It hovered in a frozen sky

And gobbled summer down

–Joni Mitchell, “Urge for Going”

 

The firewood truck came yesterday. A cord of the sweetest smelling maple and oak and even some birch, from the venerable A. Johnson operation.

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Gregory Dennis: On a summer's high peaks quest, Middleburry woman climbs 46 peaks

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



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Amy Sheldon wasn’t actually lost — she pretty much knew where she was in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks — but she felt lost. And alone.

In the dead center of the Adirondack wilderness and hiking by herself, she was headed up Cliff Mountain.

One source refers to Cliff as “the great Adirondack vertical swamp.” And as she started the climb on this cool, rainy day, Sheldon faced a trail with a lot of treacherously slippery rock.

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Gregory Dennis: Bernie's Vermont vs. Hilary, Round 2

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



Does Bernie Sanders stand any chance of being elected president?

When I wrote here a couple weeks ago that he does not — and that Hillary Clinton will be the next president — I heard from many of my liberal friends who were dismayed by that prediction.

Didn’t I know that Sanders is leading some polls in New Hampshire and Iowa? Hadn’t I heard that even a lot of liberals don’t like or trust Clinton? And whose side was I on, anyway?

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Gregory Dennis: Why Bernie’s campaign will burn out

Posted on September 3, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



It’s presidential election season again, and many Vermonters are clearly excited about the upstart candidacy of their own Howard Dean. He’s speaking truth to power and reminding the Democratic Party what it’s supposed to stand for — for working people and not the monied class, for the environment and not the polluters, for a tempered foreign policy and not cowboy aggression.

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Gregory Dennis: Affluenza and opening the American mind

Posted on August 20, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



American retailers have a problem.

It used to be that retail stores could buy their merchandise, then “pile it high and watch it fly” out of the store.

Now, in what some analysts think is a sea change in consumer behavior, Americans have begun buying fewer things. Instead, we’re spending more of our money on experiences.

The New York Times business section recently reported that while sales on dining, homes, travel and vehicles are up, spending in large department stores is flat or declining.

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Greg Dennis: A few thoughts offered for debate

Posted on June 25, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



Some fragments for the column today. Perhaps in the future, each of these sketches will grow up to be columns.

The town of Middlebury plans to oversee development of the parking areas between the Ilsley Library and Otter Creek. As the last major piece of soon-to-be-developed land in the downtown, this site has the special quality of being owned not by a company or an individual, but by the town itself.

So shouldn’t we expect something from the project that has town-wide benefits?

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