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Clippings: Bracing for another new challenge

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



As I get older, I’m beginning to think my body has been wired backward. Either that, or it’s true what they say about the advancing years becoming a second childhood.

How else can I explain the onset of some health-related maintenance needs that should have manifested themselves when I was a lot younger?

First, my body waited until adulthood before telling me that I “needed” the mumps. I guess it was Mother Nature’s way of having a good laugh at my expense. Kids look cute with chipmunk cheeks; adults — not so much.

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Clippings: They peek when François sings

Posted on April 4, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



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I have a favorite moment at Middlebury College basketball games. It’s when François Clemmons begins to sing the National Anthem.

I dreaded the Anthem when I was an athlete. I was ready to play the game. Starters had been announced and were out on the playing surface, tense, excited, full of adrenaline. Let’s go!

Then we had to wait, often for a scratchy recording, sometimes for a live singer, who sang at a funereal pace.

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Clippings by Angelo Lynn: The yin and yang of government

Posted on March 28, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



House Speaker Shap Smith and Gov. Peter Shumlin are as politically attuned to each other’s positions as any member of the same party could hope for. And in the governor’s first term, the two worked well together to balance budgets in tough times and make significant progress on steps toward health care reform, pro-business incentives and education.

Why, then, is there such a rift over balancing this year’s budget? In particular over the Earned Income Tax Credit program, and the House’s insistence to raise broad-based taxes on the rich?

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Clippings by Xian: Students learn the play's the thing

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



I have a confession to make: Despite growing up in a family of theater people, I never “got” Shakespeare. In fact, though I wouldn’t go so far as to say I hated Shakespeare, I pretty much had to be forced to pick up one of his plays. I was also almost always unmoved by the professional productions I saw growing up; “The Tempest,” “Macbeth,” “Hamlet” and “Midsummer” all had cool sets and costumes, but I still couldn’t understand what anyone was saying.

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Clippings: Family newcomer can be gnaw-ty

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Some dogs can allegedly be trained to bring their owners’ slippers to them.

But we’ve got one that carries mine out to the back yard and drops them into mud or snowdrifts, depending on meteorological conditions.

I don’t take it personally, however. On Monday, she picked up one of my daughter’s friend’s shoes and carried it through our two dog doors into the slop.

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Clippings: Brother shines bright on Oscar night

Posted on February 28, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



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One of my most vivid childhood memories is sitting at the kitchen counter with my little brother, John, drawing. I was perhaps nine, he a year younger, and we would each have sheets of white drawing paper and colored pencils or markers or crayons. I would often draw a bucolic barnyard scene, where the buildings were to scale but the horses and cows had elongated backs and too-short legs.

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Clippings by Trent Campbell: Barely registering on cool-­o-­meter

Posted on February 14, 2013 |
By Trent Campbell



I like to think that sometimes, rarely, I know, but still, sometimes … sometimes a balding 49-year-old can be a little hip, a little cool. But a viewing of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards show on Sunday night left me feeling that there is no such thing as a little hip or a little cool. You’re either all the way hip or not at all. Here is a break down of the show that put me in my place.

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Clippings: Considering an out-of-this-world experience

Posted on February 7, 2013 |
By John S. McCright



Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed by all the stuff that gets thrown my way — school board stories, personality profiles,  obituaries, weddings and engagements, crime stories, gossip and hard news from Montpelier. All the nitty gritty details that make up the grubby lives we human beings endure on this patch of rock hurtling through space. Good grief! Occasionally a guy just wants get away from it all.

Now, thanks to the Dutch, I may just get to do that.

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Clippings: Playing the role of elder statesman

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By John Flowers



Passing the half-century mark has been full of surprises. There was that first letter from the American Association of Retired Persons, then (to my shock) the availability of a some “senior” discounts. Then, on Sunday, came my first “elder statesman” talk with our daughter, Diane.

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Clippings: Obama’s speech prompts musings

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



After listening to Obama’s second inaugural address Monday, I found myself thinking about activism. In the speech, which was called “progressive” by various media outlets, the President touched on past social movements (Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall) and mentioned the one that — after a summer of Colorado burning non-stop, and Sandy wiping out seaside towns along the East Coast the week before the General Election — is finally holding the nation’s attention these days: the climate movement.

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