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Faith in Vermont: On Summer Activities, Economic Development, and Overthinking

Posted on March 24, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



Because I have children who still live at home, and because the work I do does not (yet) contribute to our household expenses, the standard description for me is: “stay-at-home mom.”  

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Bridging the generations: Playgroup pairs seniors with young companions

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Faith Gong



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MIDDLEBURY — Reed Allen is a volunteer at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. Every Monday, from 10:45 a.m. until noon, he visits with the elderly residents, plays games, listens to stories, sings songs and does crafts. He enjoys going to Helen Porter, home to seniors in their 70s, 80s and 90s, he says, “because it has a lot of toys.”

Reed is four years old.

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Faith in Vermont: Into the Woods

Posted on February 24, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



If there’s such thing as a “real Vermont winter” this is the first that our family has experienced, four years after moving here.

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Young man from Syria brings expertise on the flute to college in Middlebury

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Faith Gong



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MIDDLEBURY — Ask Boghos Taslakjian how he came to play the flute, and he becomes momentarily flustered. “It’s confusing, even for me,” says the 19-year-old Middlebury College sophomore from Syria.

That’s because Taslakjian has been a musician since before he can remember. According to what his mother says, he began his training on the recorder at age 4, because the flute was too large for him to handle; he graduated to the flute a year later, at the ripe old age of 5.

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Music school brings new life to historic home

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Faith Gong



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MIDDLEBURY — It’s always visually pleasing to enter the Middlebury Community House, the brick Federal-style building at the corner of Seymour and Main streets in downtown Middlebury. The foyer features a sweeping spiral staircase, crystal chandelier, and doors with blue, white and gold cloisonné enamel hardware.

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Faith in Vermont: Vermont Country

Posted on February 10, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



As a Christmas gift this year, my husband sent me away.

I mean that in the best sense: Aware that I could use a solid chunk of quiet and solitude (that's a euphemism for "escaping the children"), my husband booked me a two-night stay at St. Joseph's Dwelling Place, a retreat center just outside of Ludlow, Vermont.

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Faith in Vermont: For Shame

Posted on January 27, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



shame, 1  a: a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety [Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, 1986]

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I am not a member at the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op.

There! It's out!

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Faith in Vermont: Radon -- It's a Gas!

Posted on January 13, 2015 | Blog Category:
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Trio taps senses with a new type of therapy

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Faith Gong



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MIDDLEBURY — Spas are one barometer of a community’s mental and physical health, and last winter the staff at Waterfalls Day Spa, on the lower level of the Middlebury Inn, saw that their clients were suffering.

“Last winter was brutal,” says Sara Daly, one of the spa owners. “It was so icy; we noticed an increase in fractures. People didn’t want to be in Vermont.”

So Daly, along with Waterfalls aesthetician and co-owner Laurie Webb, and massage therapist Sarah Kuhl, got to work.

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