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Between the Lines: Adventures in Moving, Vermont Style

Posted on September 13, 2012 |
By Gregory Dennis



From the ancient caves of Lascaux to the 21st century towers of Dubai, there has always been something magical about the ways in which humans convert nothingness into spaces for living.

Fascinating though the process may be, though, it rarely goes as planned. And sometimes it’s the unexpected wrinkles — the shelf in the wrong size that gets turned into a lovely coffee table, the windows placed too low but leaving room for paintings — it’s these little twists in the process that alchemize the mere physical object of a house into memories, and a home.

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Sixty years of serious mistakes

Posted on July 5, 2012 |
By Gregory Dennis



It’s been said that on the radio, a hockey game — with its endless series of missed shots, errant passes and unintended consequences — sounds like the broadcast of one long mistake.

As I sit on the verge of turning 60, sometimes I’m tempted to conclude that the story of my life would, like the broadcast of a hockey game, sound like one long mistake. Or at least one long unintended consequence.

That got me wondering what a look-back broadcast of those 60 years would be like — perhaps a dialogue between me and the Cosmic Inquisitor.

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Between the Lines: From a master ecologist, life everlasting

Posted on June 21, 2012 |
By Gregory Dennis



Bernd Heinrich opens his exploration of the natural way of dying, “Life Everlasting,” with a quote from Khalil Gibran that sets the tone for the rest of this absorbing work:

“If you would know the secret of death you must seek it in the heart of life.”

It’s death, and its life-giving virtues, that are the focus of this 16th volume from Heinrich, a Hinesburg resident and professor emeritus at UVM.

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Between the Lines: A Vergennes jail and freedom of speech

Posted on May 10, 2012 |
By Gregory Dennis



The jail in Vergennes where Congressman Matthew Lyon was imprisoned is long gone. But his legend lives on, in part thanks to another former congressman and current U.S. senator, Bernie Sanders.

When you’re sailing against the prevailing political winds, it can be reassuring to know that others have done so and eventually prevailed.

Maybe that’s part of the reason that Sen. Sanders chose in a recent “Vermont Bernie Buzz” newsletter to highlight Matthew Lyon’s story.

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Between the Lines: Fallen bridge connects climate dots

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Gregory Dennis



Of all the destruction wrought in Vermont by Tropical Storm Irene, the most widely seen was the collapse of the covered bridge in Bartonsville.

The bridge’s destruction by the rain-swollen Williams River made The New York Times. A handheld video, shot as the bridge sank into the river, was shown on “The Today Show.” New Yorker writer John Seabrook chimed in with “Requiem for a Covered Bridge.”

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Cornwall conflagration

Posted on April 5, 2012 |
By Gregory Dennis



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TWO MEMBERS OF the Salisbury Fire Department were joined by around 50 other area firefighters in battling a March 21 grass fire off Route 125 in Cornwall. Firefighters from Cornwall, New Haven, Middlebury, Salisbury and Addison successfully extinguished the blaze before it could progress toward homes located nearby. No one was hurt and no homes were affected by the fire, said Cornwall Fire Chief Dennis Rheaume. Photo by Gregory Dennis

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Between the Lines: Weighing coal weighers and consolidation

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Gregory Dennis



There are about 626,000 Vermonters — a number smaller than the population of Memphis, Tenn. Compared to the single government of that medium-sized city, Vermont has 237 towns, nine cities, five unincorporated areas and four gores.

“We confront the 21st-century challenges of delivering good government with a 19th-century governance structure,” says Bruce Hiland, who chairs the Cornwall selectboard. He featured the contrast between Vermont and Memphis governance in his remarks at the recent Cornwall town meeting.

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Between the Lines: Powderhound considers taking up golf

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By Gregory Dennis



Driving home this past Monday, I saw a scene befitting this winter season.

I’d like to report that it was a cross-country skier. What I saw, though, was not a skier but a golfer — hitting practice balls off one of the tees at the college golf course.

That’s all you need to know about what kind of winter it’s been for skiers and snowboarders.

Those of us who look forward to winter have grown accustomed to mild Novembers and Decembers. But it’s been many years since we’ve seen such a slow start to the ski season.

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Between the Lines: Have yourself a merry 'Christmukah'

Posted on December 22, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



This year’s Christmas column comes in three parts: A Scrooge-like rant; an interlude in which the author repents of his Ebenezerish qualities; and an uplifting conclusion of peace, love and joy.

First, the rant.

Of all the aggravating little pieces of political correctness to which we have been subjected over the years, “Happy Holidays” is the worst.

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Between the Lines: Experts say don't worry, be grateful

Posted on November 23, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



I got the mornin’ blues

Oh so bad

Honey come and kiss me

They’re the worst I’ve ever had

— Uncle Dave Macon

 

The blues come around

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