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Opinion: Misuse of langage stops me cold

Posted on August 26, 2013 | Blog Category:
By Abi Sessions



Field Days is finished; the hectic last few weeks of August are here, and it’s time for our kids to get ready to return to school. By “our kids” I don’t mean our own sweet cherubs. I mean our collective kids, the children of Addison County. It takes a village to raise a child, right?

And it takes a village to create a literate environment to model for our children that language and learning matter.

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Ways of Seeing: To deepen your experience, slow down

Posted on July 25, 2013 |
By Abi Sessions



You’re probably familiar with Slow Food, the international movement whose aim is to promote local and culturally specific foods. Even if you’re not familiar with Slow Food as an organization, you may be part of the movement; if you’ve had the traditional fried dough and maple cotton candy at Field Days, I think you’re probably in.

I support the mission of Slow Food. I’m also a fan of a related idea: Slow Travel.

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Ways of Seeing by Abi Sessions: A family grows around the table

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Abi Sessions



Family Dinnertime

Something’s gotta give, right? A young family with kids can’t possibly do all the things that tug at them: jobs, school, kids’ school, kids’ sports, kids’ lessons, friends, housework, yardwork, cars breaking down, the roof leaking. …

Does a state of triage sound accurate? Some things get done, some go on hold, and some get thrown overboard. 

Too often, I fear, family dinner — preparing and eating the evening meal together — goes overboard.

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Ways of Seeing: Our clothing has us in a bind

Posted on May 30, 2013 |
By Abi Sessions



I am haunted by the photos of the April 24 garment factory building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where over 1,100 people died. Certainly there is no shortage of disturbing photos in the news from all over the world, but these have a particular tug for one simple reason — these people work for me. And I expect they work for you, too.

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Ways of Seeing: Gray days are a good time for making plans

Posted on March 7, 2013 |
By Abi Sessions



It’s early March, when the gray skies and “mixed precipitation” always put me into a restless and dreary state of mind. Seems like a good time to augment the mood by writing about death.

Until now, I have succumbed to the cultural taboo against talking about death or preparing for death. It’s morbid. It’s sad. Nobody wants to hear it. If you talk about dying, it might happen! I don’t want to think about it. So I haven’t.

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Patchwork: A profligate gardener reforms her ways

Posted on July 14, 2011 |
By Abi Sessions



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Editor’s note: Guest writer Abi Sessions of Cornwall has co-raised three strapping children on the products of her vegetable garden and has taught in local schools for 37 years.

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