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Faith Gong http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/1578/all en Faith in Vermont: On Summer Activities, Economic Development, and Overthinking http://addisonindependent.com/201503faith-vermont-summer-activities-economic-development-and-overthinking <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/img_5314.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> 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: &ldquo;stay-at-home mom.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/29321/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/29321">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503faith-vermont-summer-activities-economic-development-and-overthinking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:09:46 +0000 Faith Gong 29321 at http://addisonindependent.com Bridging the generations: Playgroup pairs seniors with young companions http://addisonindependent.com/201503bridging-generations-playgroup-pairs-seniors-young-companions <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-29215" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201503bridging-generations-playgroup-pairs-seniors-young-companions"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/HelenPorterKids2900.thumbnail.jpg" alt="HelenPorterKids2900.jpg" title="HelenPorterKids2900.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GEORGIA GONG, LEFT, works on a puzzle with Carol Morse during a weekly playgroup hosted by Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. Every Monday local children join Porter residents for games, puzzles, crafts and storytime. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; 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, &ldquo;because it has a lot of toys.&rdquo;</p> <p> Reed is four years old.<img alt="" src="/files/images/Reed Allen with Peggy Sullivan at Helen Porter.jpg" style="width: 290px; height: 475px; float: right; margin: 4px;" /></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29216">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503bridging-generations-playgroup-pairs-seniors-young-companions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury Children Featured Helen Porter seniors Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:33:12 +0000 Zach Despart 29216 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: On March and the In-Between http://addisonindependent.com/201503faith-vermont-march-and-between <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/img_5275.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/29058/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/29058">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503faith-vermont-march-and-between" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:06:45 +0000 Faith Gong 29058 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: Into the Woods http://addisonindependent.com/201502faith-vermont-woods <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.snocountry.com/trail_maps/large_trail_maps/999057055.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> If there&rsquo;s such thing as a &ldquo;real Vermont winter&rdquo; this is the first that our family has experienced, four years after moving here.</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/28748/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/28748">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502faith-vermont-woods" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:43:10 +0000 Faith Gong 28748 at http://addisonindependent.com Young man from Syria brings expertise on the flute to college in Middlebury http://addisonindependent.com/201502syrian-flutist-play-benefit-concert-feb-22 <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-28720" style="width: 151px;"><a href="/201502syrian-flutist-play-benefit-concert-feb-22"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Boghos6624 .thumbnail.jpg" alt="Boghos6624 .jpg" title="Boghos6624 .jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="151" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BOGHOS TASLAKJIAN PRACTICES the flute with pianist Cynthia Huard in the Middlebury Congregational Church last week. Taslakjian grew up in Syria and is now a sophomore at Middlebury College. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; Ask Boghos Taslakjian how he came to play the flute, and he becomes momentarily flustered. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s confusing, even for me,&rdquo; says the 19-year-old Middlebury College sophomore from Syria.</p> <p> That&rsquo;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.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28652">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502syrian-flutist-play-benefit-concert-feb-22" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury arts and entertainment Middlebury College Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:41:39 +0000 Faith Gong 28652 at http://addisonindependent.com Music school brings new life to historic home http://addisonindependent.com/201502music-school-brings-new-life-historic-home <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-28535" style="width: 153px;"><a href="/201502music-school-brings-new-life-historic-home"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/MusicCenter5363.thumbnail.jpg" alt="MusicCenter5363.jpg" title="MusicCenter5363.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="153" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MIDDLEBURY COMMUNITY MUSIC Center violin instructor Emily sunderman listens to student Nora Wilson, 5, of Weybridge during a recent lesson. The center in the Middlebury Community House opened informally in August and now offers a full program of classes and lessons for all ages. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; It&rsquo;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 cloisonn&eacute; enamel hardware.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28539">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502music-school-brings-new-life-historic-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury Featured lessons Middlebury Community House music Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:32:14 +0000 Faith Gong 28539 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: Vermont Country http://addisonindependent.com/201502faith-vermont-vermont-country <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="http://mslk.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/mslk_vermont_country_store_4.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> As a Christmas gift this year, my husband sent me away.</p> <p> I mean that in the best sense: Aware that I could use a solid chunk of quiet and solitude (that&#39;s a euphemism for &quot;escaping the children&quot;), my husband booked me a two-night stay at St. Joseph&#39;s Dwelling Place, a retreat center just outside of Ludlow, Vermont.</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/28491/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/28491">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502faith-vermont-vermont-country" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:54:18 +0000 Faith Gong 28491 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: For Shame http://addisonindependent.com/201501faith-vermont-shame <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/img_5112.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> <strong>shame,&nbsp;</strong><em>n&nbsp;</em><strong>1 &nbsp;a:&nbsp;</strong>a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety [<em>Webster&#39;s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary,&nbsp;</em>1986]</p> <p> ***</p> <p> I am not a member at&nbsp;the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op.</p> <p> <em>There! It&#39;s out!</em></p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/28214/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/28214">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501faith-vermont-shame" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:54:13 +0000 Faith Gong 28214 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: Radon -- It's a Gas! http://addisonindependent.com/201501faith-vermont-radon-its-gas <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/img_5056.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/27940/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/27940">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501faith-vermont-radon-its-gas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:42:04 +0000 Faith Gong 27940 at http://addisonindependent.com Trio taps senses with a new type of therapy http://addisonindependent.com/201501trio-taps-senses-new-type-therapy <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27752" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201501trio-taps-senses-new-type-therapy"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Waterfalls6462.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Waterfalls6462.jpg" title="Waterfalls6462.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SARA DALY, LEFT, Sarah Kuhl and Laurie Webb of Middlebury&#039;s Waterfalls Day Spa have developed a new therapeutic technique called A&#039;chromatherapy, which combines color therapy, aromatherapy and visualization. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; Spas are one barometer of a community&rsquo;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.</p> <p> &ldquo;Last winter was brutal,&rdquo; says Sara Daly, one of the spa owners. &ldquo;It was so icy; we noticed an increase in fractures. People didn&rsquo;t want to be in Vermont.&rdquo;</p> <p> So Daly, along with Waterfalls aesthetician and co-owner Laurie Webb, and massage therapist Sarah Kuhl, got to work.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27753">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501trio-taps-senses-new-type-therapy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury Featured therapy Waterfalls Day Spa Mon, 05 Jan 2015 13:07:48 +0000 Zach Despart 27753 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: On Writing, the Darkest Day, and the New Year http://addisonindependent.com/201412faith-vermont-writing-darkest-day-and-new-year <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/img_5019.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> Last week, my oldest daughter found a copy of our Christmas letter &ndash; the breezy family update that I&rsquo;d slapped together to send out with our Christmas cards. She sat down at the kitchen table to read it, without my knowledge. (It&rsquo;s still new and surprising that there are members of our family who can read besides my husband and me, and I&rsquo;ve yet to take the necessary precautions.)</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/27634/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/27634">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412faith-vermont-writing-darkest-day-and-new-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:24:01 +0000 Faith Gong 27634 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: Powerless http://addisonindependent.com/201412faith-vermont-powerless <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/img_4977.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> Life changes with the phone&#39;s ring, with a single recorded sentence:</p> <p> &quot;Good morning, this is Peter Burrows, ACSU Superintendent.&quot;</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/27461/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/27461">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412faith-vermont-powerless" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:55:42 +0000 Faith Gong 27461 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: The Slumber Party http://addisonindependent.com/201412faith-vermont-slumber-party <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3636/3334003522_bc7a4b55dd.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 323px;" /></p> <p> When my oldest daughter turned seven last month, she requested a slumber party.</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/27210/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/27210">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412faith-vermont-slumber-party" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 02 Dec 2014 10:59:19 +0000 Faith Gong 27210 at http://addisonindependent.com Local man cuts a large job down to size http://addisonindependent.com/201412local-man-cuts-large-job-down-size <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27180" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201412local-man-cuts-large-job-down-size"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/TreeCutter5128.thumbnail.jpg" alt="TreeCutter5128.jpg" title="TreeCutter5128.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EAST MIDDLEBURY RESIDENT Albert LaBerge cuts into the trunk of one of two 40-foot-high trees that were felled behind the East Middlebury United Methodist Church earlier this fall. LaBerge spent weeks cutting and splitting the trunks for firewood. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> EAST MIDDLEBURY &mdash; The sight of a man splitting wood is common enough during Vermont autumns, and normally attracts little notice. But this fall, people passing the East Middlebury United Methodist Church, at the intersection of Routes 116 and 125, noticed Albert LaBerge.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27181">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412local-man-cuts-large-job-down-size" target="_blank">read more</a></p> East Middlebury cutting Featured LaBerge wood Mon, 01 Dec 2014 12:07:04 +0000 Zach Despart 27181 at http://addisonindependent.com Faith in Vermont: Timber! http://addisonindependent.com/201411faith-vermont-timber <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Faith Gong </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="https://picklepatch.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/img_4919.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 333px;" /></p> <p> Since we bought our house in Vermont, a&nbsp;lovely Cape in the woods, our homeownership approach has been:&nbsp;<em>Act first, think later.</em></p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/26970/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/26970">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201411faith-vermont-timber" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Faith in Vermont Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:40:09 +0000 Faith Gong 26970 at http://addisonindependent.com