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Lately, I have been hearing a lot of things that are very commonly believed, but actually untrue. I figured it was time for another myth busters article! The important thing to remember is that these things are commonly believed, so no one blames you for believing them. I like to go over the…

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I’ll always think of my grandmother when I make lentil soup. She always seemed to have some ready when I stopped by for lunch. Sometimes it was homemade. Other times it was from a can with some of her own vegetables and spices. Either way, it was good with me.

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One of the great things about reading is that it can transport you to different places, ones that you might never visit in person. Writers with a strong sense of place can work the landscape and feeling of a region into a book so it acts almost as an independent character that the people in …

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It is now officially autumn — time for leaf-peeping, cider pressing, and of course, the first cold viruses of the season. I have a 4-year-old daughter and a 7-month-old son, and with my daughter’s entrance into preschool this year, the little ones have had two colds already since the start o…

TV Review

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Let’s start with what “Shrill” isn’t: it isn’t a show about a fat woman taking pratfalls or being a cruel, easy punchline. It’s a confident, gently funny, slice-of-life show that benefits from the streaming model, where niche shows can find an audience, as it explores issues and characters y…

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In Silicon Valley, the old adage “fake it ’til you make it” is often a guiding principle of fledgling startup companies. Sometimes, turning a good idea into a viable business and, potentially, revolutionizing society, requires a bit of smoke and mirrors. The danger, of course, is knowing how…

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Watching “Arrested Development” is a lot like hanging out with an old friend. No matter how long you’ve been apart, you’re always happy to see them. And, like spending time with an old friend, that pull of nostalgia and shared memories makes it easy to fall into the same old routine. But at …

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Growing up reading “X-Men” comic books, I never really considered the psychological toll fighting crime and saving the world would have on the young super-powered characters that often populated the teams. With few exceptions, the books often glossed over how traumatizing all that violence a…

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It’s difficult to critique longstanding institutions. Over time, aged bodies like the Catholic Church or Congress become so towering and entrenched that even the sharpest criticisms tend to bounce off them or are waved off by defenders who dismiss them as subjective, petty, facile or ignoran…

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One recent day did not go as planned, but after starting with sadness, tension and adrenaline, it came to an end with an incredible feeling of happiness.

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Enacting a policy similar to the one announced by UVM earlier this month, Rutland Regional Medical Center will require all its employees be vaccinated by Oct, 1 and is tightening its conditions for visitors after the number of COVID patients hospitalized in Vermont and Rutland County increas…

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I’ve always been a gardener — or at least as far back as I can remember. More recently, say the past 20 years or so, I’ve been a plant collector. What does that mean? If I fall in love with a plant, I want to grow other plants related to it.

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Whitney Ramage initiated the 77ART Residency program in 2018 with a “pilot program” at the former CVPS building at 77 Grove St. in Rutland. She wanted to create the kind of space in her home state that she had experienced in a residency at Mass MoCA, which had given her dedicated time and sp…

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Robert DuGrenier’s glass shells are among the artworks by 21 glass artists in “2021˚ F: 10th Anniversary Vermont Glass Guild Exhibition” in the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum t at Manchester’s Southern Vermont Arts Center. The exhibition shows a stunning variety of techniques and expression in glass art today.

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The story of Rutland’s unique downtown WalMart has been told and retold for years in “placemaking” circles, according the executive director of PlacemakingX.