Arts & Leisure

If you’ve been feeling numb around the edges lately, as, wearily, year two of the global pandemic marches on, you are sure to be fully woken up by this brilliant but raw memoir. The title references the oft-held-belief that “any black boy who did not signify how manly he was at all times deserved to be punched back up to God to be remade, reshaped.” Broome, well aware that he was gay from a young age, was raised with this precept, and accordingly, his father would routinely physically punish him; his father’s beatings “were like lightning strikes. Powerful, fast, and unpredictable,” all...

IN ADDITION TO adding color and texture, flowers interplanted with vegetables in gardens help attract pollinators. Photo / Bonnie Kirn Donahue)
This season, consider incorporating flowers into your vegetable garden. Flowers can transform vegetable gardens from places of production to places of pleasure. While vegetables have a lovely variety of textures and shades of green, flowers add pops of color, contrast and vibrancy. Not only is this diversity of plant types appealing to humans, but it makes your garden more appealing to insects, some of which can help protect your gardens. Annual flowers, including yellow marigolds (Tagetes patula ‘Little Hero Yellow’), sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritime) and dill (Anethum graveolens), invite...

REVISITING AMERICA: THE Prints of Currier & Ives exhibition: Frances Palmer, published by Currier & Ives, American Express Train, 1864. Lithograph, 17 ½ x 27 ¾ in. Joslyn Art Museum, Gift of Conagra Brands, 2016.20.416. Photography © Joshua Ferdinand. Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives has been organized by Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska.
Shelburne Museum will reopen on June 2 with a full slate of new exhibitions and programs. Closed since the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum’s 45-acre grounds along with select exhibition buildings, will be open four days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, through Oct. 17. “We are looking forward to welcoming visitors and members this summer and showcasing once again the magical place that is Shelburne Museum,” director Thomas Denenberg said. “Not only do we have two wonderful special exhibitions, but the staff has organized new interpretative material throughout our campus and...

A FAMILY OF beavers lives behind this Addison County resident’s home. They moved in to their water home in 2016 and he’s been observing them ever since. Over time, the man learned that these beavers are especially fond of apples, so he brings them an apple-snack most days. Photo by Matteo Moretti
Backyard chickens are a thing, but how about backyard beavers? Sure they don’t lay eggs, but they’ll redesign your landscape for ya. Joking aside, having a family of beavers move in is pretty special; and having them stay for five years is incredible.  That’s just what’s happened to a fellow Addison County resident (who will remain unnamed for the protection of the beavers).  “The beavers moved in in June of 2016,” he explained, as he meandered up to their main pond. “The pond is getting bigger and bigger… They dig canals to get to their food easier, but they’ve eaten most of it now.” Behind...
Get vaccinated and get tickets for the Aug. 25-29 local film fest. The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) will return to an in-person event for its 7th Annual Fest this coming Aug. 25-29. “After pivoting successfully to an online festival in August 2020, MNFF is planning its ‘comeback’ edition that will include a fully engaging five-day gathering for film lovers and filmmakers,” said festival producer, Lloyd Komesar. “We’ll feature indoor and outdoor screenings, special guests and a variety of outdoor social events in several locations around town. “The festival intends to embrace and...
(Ballantine Books) The title of Andy Weir’s latest sci-fi thriller immediately imparts a good sense of the plot, taking its name from the common American idiom which refers to a desperate attempt at a very long football pass that has only a small chance of success. Ryland Grace, once a somewhat-disgraced microbiologist who is teaching high school science, has just woken up from a coma? Actually, he has no idea what he has just woken up from nor any idea where he is. He soon discerns he’s in a space vehicle of some sort; he’s the last remaining living crew member; he is on a mission to save...
Dear Homeward Bound, My friend has a really cute bunny, Bugsy, that lives in her room and we hang out with her when I’m over there. But one time we forgot to put her back in her cage and she chewed up some cords and peed on the carpet. Now my friend’s dad says it’s not safe to keep Bugsy inside and that she needs to go outside and live in a hutch. We think this is really unfair and are wondering if you have any advice about what we could say to get him to change his mind and let Bugsy live in the house. Determined   Dear Determined, I have to agree with your Dad that chewing cords can be...
Community-organized sales of donated perennial plants are popular and profitable fundraisers for many garden clubs and organizations. Regrettably, they can become “super-spreader” events if care is not used to avoid spreading diseases, pests or invasive species. Basic hygiene and disease prevention strategies have been front and center in our daily lives this past year. But did you know that the lessons we have learned also are applicable to plants? Like humans, plants are susceptible to fungal, viral or bacterial diseases. These diseases are transmitted through leaves, roots, soil or seeds....
MIDDLEBURY — What had been an animated, but casual, conversation between two long-time friends about the pitfalls of retirement, turned into a book — six years later — that has received strong early support. The book — “RETIRING? Your Next Chapter Is About Much More Than Money” — focuses on the importance of thorough planning to achieve a satisfying and happy retirement, which the authors stress is often the last 20 to 30 years of one’s life and is decidedly not like what previous generations have experienced. “This isn’t your parents’ retirement where you stepped aside from your work life,...

ILLUSTRATION BY ADELAIDE Murphy Tyrol
On certain afternoons, if I time it just right, I may spot a brown creeper (Certhia americana) on the trunk of a tree in my front yard. Moving stealthily, almost imperceptibly up the tree, the brown creeper hunts for food among the bark. I watch this avian mission with a sense of appreciation, as the bird flies to other trees to repeat the process.  These inconspicuous birds are denizens of the bark, creeping their way through the world largely unseen by human eyes. Even while watching closely, it is easy to lose sight of a brown creeper as it blends into the bark that nearly perfectly...

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