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Between the Lines: Tips to cure the winter blues

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By Greg Dennis



Tips to cure the winter blues

Three months into Permanent November (A.K.A., Global Warming, Vermont Style), this year it’s even harder than usual to know how to have fun getting through the rest of the winter.

Usually we can rely upon typical winter activities — skiing, snowboarding, sledding or even just a nice walk in a snow-covered park — to get us through February and March.

But with little-to-no snow this winter, all bets are off.

One solution? I’ve been making do with a lot of outdoor ice skating.

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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: Making northern neighbors feel bienvenue

Posted on September 8, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



The Burlington City Council, which as one member notes “normally can’t decide on which side the sun will rise,” has unanimously decided to make it official: People from Quebec are welcome in Vermont.

It hardly seems that the Quebecois need encouragement, judging by the number of Quebec plates in the parking garage of the Burlington airport.

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Between the Lines: The view from the porch

Posted on July 7, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



It is a neighborhood of porches. Deep, wide porches framed by white columns and balustrades that are the perfect spot for a sandaled foot to rest.

And resting – taking a load off, settling in for a chat with a housemate or savoring a solitary scotch as the slow summer evening fades toward its demise – that’s what these porches are made for.

For cooling off when it’s too hot to do anything else. For conversation when it’s lonely inside.

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Between the Lines: Taking a hard look at single-payer health

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



There are plenty of reasons to be worried about Vermont’s march toward single-payer health care.

Federal health care reform may allow states to cover virtually all health care costs within their borders. But of course there’s no guarantee such a system would work. It’s never been tried in the U.S.

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Between the Lines: Memorial Day triggers mixed feelings

Posted on May 26, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



My friend John once told the story of the worst thing that ever happened to him.

It was in World War II. He and 30 other young guys were in a boat off the coast of Norway, part of the Allies’ effort to retake the country from the Germans. Norway was bitterly contested territory, a tough place to be.

John’s boat landed in a cove. He and two of his buddies were ordered to go inland and reconnoiter the countryside. They armed themselves as heavily as they could and set off on foot to see what they could find.

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Between the Lines: Professors left lasting impression

Posted on May 12, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



Ten days from now, several hundred Middlebury College students will take those fateful steps across the commencement stage to receive their degrees and then bound off into the world.

For many of us Middlebury College alums who have taken that same walk, this is a nostalgic time of year. We can’t help but recall our own college experience, and the poignant days as they came to a close.

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Between the lines: Getting real about local real estate

Posted on April 28, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



We began the Great Real Estate Adventure-Dilemma (GREAD) back in February.

For me, our new home would be the sixth place I’ve occupied in the past seven years. African herdsman move less often than I do.

Like all naïvely optimistic would-be homeowners, we were sure that we would find several great places to choose from.

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Between the Lines: Confessions of a Vermontaholic

Posted on March 31, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



 

My name is Greg and I am a Vermontaholic. This is my story.

As with so many other Vermontaholics, my addiction started in childhood.

They say that parents should keep their kids away from the hard stuff, and that was certainly true in my case. I’m one of many for whom, at a tragically young age, the gateway drug was skiing.

I could handle it OK when my parents took me skiing near home in central New York State. Even in the Adirondacks at Whiteface and Big Tupper, I didn’t get addicted.

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