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One benefit to my readers is that whatever continuing education I’m currently doing comes through into my articles. This may not seem like a huge benefit because I get excessively excited about random topics, but I swear it is. The great thing about all of my continuing education is that I a…

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This winter, my wife and I joined a winter CSA from a local farm. A CSA is essentially a subscription with a local farm where you pay in advance and sign up to receive a regular schedule of in-season goods. Though CSAs also exist for meat, baked goods, and other specific niches. Depending on…

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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…

Local

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The stage may be dark, but new life is percolating behind the curtain at Dorset Theatre Festival. The acclaimed and innovative southern Vermont professional company has launched its new Commissioning and Fellowship Program, and named returning director Jade King Carroll as resident artist.

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The Outside Story In a February forest, evergreens provide welcome color. But look more closely on the bark of trees, conifers and hardwoods, and you’ll find other bright hues, from sunny yellows to blue-greens. These are lichens, common, but often overlooked members of the winter woods. Lic…

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Staff at Rutland Regional Medical Center are updating the community health needs assessment and developing implementation strategies to address those needs with the help of the members of Project VISION, according to Jamie Bentley, community impact coordinator for the community health team a…

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Thanks to COVID-19, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra has been able to take its statewide mission even deeper. In addition to streaming chamber music programs to the general public, the VSO has partnered with the VA Hospital in White River Junction and Age Well, advocates for the aging populati…

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The organizers of a community service program that helps residents, restaurants and farmers have tried to make sure that “Everyone Eats” will continue to serve through at least the end of the fiscal year.

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In a rehearsal this past Sunday for Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre’s (ART) upcoming virtual short play festival, the subject of a reporter’s interview reveals a little too much, a family pays more attention to Facebook than to each other, and a service that seems too good to be true gloss…

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Weston Playhouse’s latest project combines a dash of nostalgia and a smattering of artists in one of its most unusual ventures to date. It pays homage as well to the theater’s roots, and may not have happened if not for the COVID-19 push for new solutions.

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Was your New Year’s resolution to get more exercise? Or maybe it was to improve your health by losing weight or lowering your blood pressure? Or perhaps, like so many of us right now, your goal is simply to stay healthy. Then, I’ve got good news: heading outside for some time in nature can a…

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This is a good time to be outdoors exploring the fields and woods. There is so much to see that will be buried in snow later on. But you may ask, what is there to see? Trees, winter weeds, animal footprints, signs of insects, shelf fungi on trees, evergreen woodland plants and more. If I had…

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Mornings are quiet now. Gone is the loud chorus of bird song outside my window that I awoke to in spring and summer. While we brave the cold, snow and bitter winds of winter by donning extra layers or throwing another log on the fire, most of our summer birds have departed for the warmer tem…