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Earlier in the week, I found myself all in, anticipating a nor’easter that eventually failed to fully materialize, thwarting visions of taking to the woods in a foot-and-a-half of light, fluffy powder, quelling thoughts that increasingly border on paranoia and offering me a much needed reboo…

Here it is Monday morning, and every news source I’ve tapped for information has assured me the Northeast (that’s us) is in the grip of a ferocious winter storm. “Hammered,” “blasted” and “buried” are the verbs of choice. “Onslaught” leads the nouns. That may be true somewhere, even in Vermo…

As a feminist writer, I often view the world through “the lens of gender,” a term that means looking through metaphorical glasses in order to see people and explore events with a special filter. That filter reveals women’s experiences, needs and perceptions while also recognizing the realiti…

From Mexico, I have just finished watching and reading the U.S. commemoration/discussion of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Having this distance provides a certain perspective. One thing noticeable by its absence is any mention at all of the role religion played in the Jan. 6 events, and le…

You’d think Democrats — who, by any measure, should be the last party standing — would catch a break once in a while simply by existing in objective reality. Instead, they somehow wind up repeatedly gifting the GOP powerful talking points, easily translated into bite-sized slogans. Teacher’s…

My letter today is to sincerely thank Rutland High School Board President Hurley Cavacas, Commissioner Tricia O’Connor, Commissioner Charlene Seward, Commissioner Stephanie Stoodley, Commissioner Brittany Cavacas and Commissioner Erin Shimp for having the courage to honor not only the histor…

We’ve grown fond of saying “It’s not rocket science” while chiding a confused someone into divining their own solution to what they mistakenly perceive as a particularly challenging problem. Since we’re inundated with a near constant buzz of technology reinventing itself every 30 seconds or …

As we usher 2021 out the door, there is much to frighten us, making hope hard to come by. In the arena of climate change, progress is achingly slow. Coal-producing countries still produce coal, while people the world over buy and drive ever more cars. But peering through the smoke of massive…

A lightly worn trail runs up a north slope in Hubbard Park, where Kiki and I walk most days. Near the top, in a grove of magnificent red oaks, stands a beautifully built stone bench, just the right height, that invites a sit-down to think and breathe and watch the woods below. Beside the ben…

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As I take my initial steps onto what appears to be a miles-long, block of ice, I’m momentarily glad to see the road crew has preceded us, sanding the length of Nelson Pond Road after an all-day Christmas glaze of light, freezing rain. It only takes a step or two to realize the coating is lar…

When my siblings and I were growing up, and we did something untoward that got us into trouble, my mother would say, “Let that be a lesson to you!” I’ve remembered that line whenever someone thinks I’m overreacting when I say the Trump administration has opened the way to a functioning autoc…

Apart from being a pillar of strength, comforting young men far from home, some for the first time, the base chaplain’s duties included gently placing the plaster Jesus in the official Air Force creche, under cover of darkness as the clock struck midnight on that starry New Mexico night half…

The primary thing about what the techie was telling me concerning the upgrade my several-years-old desktop computer might need to keep it running with the wolves, or at least within hailing distance of the 21st century, was that I didn’t really understand much of what he was saying beyond “A…

Five Questions With

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Just over three months ago we started “Five Questions With ...” to put a human face to this pandemic. Today marks the final installment in this stage of the project, but it will continue with a new set of questions more focused on Vermont’s recovery. Here, Paul Costello, of Montpelier, offer…

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Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

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Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

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Alayna Martel, of Barre Town, is a registered nurse at UVM Medical Center. She talks about how, as a frontline workers, her life has been affected by the pandemic.

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Gayle Townsend-Lang, of Rutland, works full time wearing many hats for the Rutland City Public Schools as “Miss Gayle.” Here she talks about how she has been affected by the pandemic.

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Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

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CPA Thomas Lauzon, of Barre, discusses how his life has been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation. Earlier this spring Lauzon was named to the governor’s Economic Mitigation & Recovery Task Force.

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Chrispin White, of Rutland, discusses how he has been adapting to self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting him.

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Christina Sweet, of Rutland, discusses how she and her family have been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation over these months.

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Educator and Vermont Mountaineers General Manager Brian Gallagher, of East Montpelier, discusses how the pandemic has affected his life. Earlier this spring, the Mountaineers’ organizers announced they would cancel the 2020 season.

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Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

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Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

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Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.

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Barre Partnership Executive Director Tracie Lewis talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting her life.

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Montpelier writer Thomas Greene discusses how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

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Drew Smith, of Rutland, talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected his life.

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Jessica Van Orman talks about her experience in self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her life.

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Artist Jen Rondinone, of Rutland, reflects on self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her and her family.

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Mark Breen, the "Eye on the Sky" guy from the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, shares his thoughts in self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting his life.

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Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe discusses how self-isolation and the pandemic have affected his life.

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Executive Director of the Paramount Bruce Bouchard, of Rutland, talks about how his life has been affected by the pandemic and its consequences.

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WDEV radio talk show host Dave Gram, of Montpelier, talks about the pandemic and how it has been affecting him and his life.

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Carrie Allen, of Rutland, explains how she has been coping with self-isolation and what she hopes will come from it after the pandemic is over.

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Vermont cartoonist Tim Newcomb provides a bit of levity to his answers about self-isolation and how he is coping.

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Recovery Vermont’s Melissa Story, of Montpelier, shares her thoughts on self-isolation and how it has affected her.

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Major Jackson is a poet and professor at the University of Vermont. He lives in South Burlington.