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Ways of Seeing: Marching for a better world can create family memories

Posted on October 1, 2014 |
By Joanna Colwell



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Opinion: Sheldon earns vote of support

Posted on August 20, 2014 |
By Joanna Colwell



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.

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Ways of Seeing: Paper company wants pipeline ... but I don't

Posted on September 26, 2013 |
By Joanna Colwell



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.

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Joanna Colwell: A hero shows the power of compassion

Posted on September 2, 2013 |
By Joanna Colwell



 

We might be all mourning another Newtown-style gun tragedy, this one near Atlanta, if it weren’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.

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Ways of Seeing: Food is both salvation and destruction

Posted on August 1, 2013 |
By Joanna Colwell



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’s difficult to grow a garden here.

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Ways of Seeing: Hey, real men, don’t fear yoga

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By Joanna Colwell



Here is one of my favorite sayings about yoga: “Not practicing yoga because you’re not flexible is like not taking a bath because you’re too dirty.” When I meet someone at a party and they find out that I teach yoga, a common response is, “I could never do yoga — I’m way too stiff.” That’s when I get to pull out the pithy little statement above.

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Ways of Seeing: Anger should be handled like fire

Posted on June 6, 2013 |
By Joanna Colwell



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.

Here’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.

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Ways of Seeing: Use these five points to get the best from your yoga

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By Joanna Colwell



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.

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.

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Ways of Seeing: A yogic look at your beverage choices

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Joanna Colwell



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.

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Ways of Seeing: Dancing can be good yoga for lovers

Posted on February 14, 2013 |
By Joanna Colwell



I love Valentine’s Day because I love love. What could be more fun than a day dedicated to romance and chocolate? Sure, it’s overly commercialized and all that, but why not ignore the bad and enjoy the good?

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