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If you’re not concerned about threats to your privacy, it’s likely that you’re not paying attention. If you’re online, your privacy has been compromised, and even if you’re not, simply using a credit card or a cell phone is enough to allow advertisers to reach you through logarithms written …

Several years ago, my wife and I did a learn-to-sail week at Malletts Bay. It was terrific, except when the wind didn’t blow and we had to get towed in. We managed to avoid bumping into anybody else’s expensive fiberglass toys, and generally had a good time.

With a nearly 5-month-old baby, I’m right in the thick of it when it comes to breastfeeding. It has come as a surprise to me that I’ve had many more challenges this time around than I did with my daughter. From damaged nipples to blocked ducts, I have had plenty of opportunities to learn how…

Anesthesia and surgery can be a scary thing for pet owners. One of the most common fears that I hear about procedures is putting pets under anesthesia. I understand this concern because everyone and every pet reacts differently to the medications used for anesthetizing, but I’m going to go o…

Summer is here, which gives families extra time at home together and longer days to reflect on needed new family members. We are seeing lots of new pets lately, which I love so much, but leads me to my next topic of choosing a new pet. As we all know, baby animals are adorable. One of the re…

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We were fortunate enough to have Tom Estill from NASA by way of Christ the King School in the library to explain the importance of the Apollo 11 mission. It was a reminder that science can be fun and educational at the same time.

A crostata, also called a galette, or even just a tart, is one of my favorite ways to use fresh summer fruit. With a crunchy, rustic crust, one could call it a lazy version of a pie. But that’s a perspective I’m fine with after picking and pitting more than a dozen pounds of cherries from a …

Everybody has their own preferences for summer reading. A traditional beach read is often a romance and not too complicated (even a book-sale Harlequin works … in a brown wrapper or hollowed out Tolstoy if you care what people think) but that doesn’t mean it has to be aimed at the lowest com…

Imagine as you are going about your evening the sky is suddenly filled with bright flashes and loud noises. The Earth seems to actually tremble, and you feel the walls of your house vibrating. You thought this was a safe place, but the world seems to be exploding around you. Your owners are …

It’s that time of year when the lush green of the outdoors calls to us to commune with nature for the short window of time we call summer. It might be my favorite season in Vermont, but it comes at a cost: the ever-increasing presence of ticks.

There are so many specialty and niche chocolate bars available these days. Most of them are pretty good too, with creative flavor combinations and unique textures. I’m not sure we have ever had this many choices for chocolate. Most of these bars are made by smaller producers that use just a …

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I was going to write a Fathers Day column ahead of the date, but I was afraid it might read something like a gifts column, and books often make lousy gifts. (Unlike gift certificates from bookstores, which are excellent choices for any occasion).

There is one topic that is near and not dear to my heart — Lyme disease. Not only are more and more dogs affected, but more and more people are as well. Lyme disease causes joint issues, kidney failure, heart disease and neurologic disease in dogs. I’ll go over the main things to know about …

There are hundreds of cookbooks in the collection at Rutland Free Library, so when someone wants “a cookbook,” the first job is to narrow down the list … vegetarian, grilling, baking, by Vermont authors, Italian / Greek / French, regional American, etc., etc.

When I think back to moments in my past that changed the course of my life, one memory stands out in particular. As a college student, I ended up with a fellowship in an organization that linked community gardens to food banks, to make sure excess food was gleaned and given to those in need.…

People often say to me that the hardest part about my job must be putting pets to sleep. Full disclosure, this is actually not the hardest part. Make no mistake, I love my patients, and having to let them go does break my heart. But I also think that having the ability to release our pets fr…

Go away. After seven years in Vermont, this was the spring that finally caused me to break down and buy myself a pair of muck boots. Shortly after, during a brief reprieve from the rain, I splattered through my swamp of a yard to see if I’d be able to plant the garden or just have to settle …

So, it may not be raining the minute, or even day, that you are reading this. But, judging from the past few weeks, it will again very, very soon. We are suffering the effects of rain here big time.

It’s 2 a.m. and you hear your cat throw up. No big deal, right? How about throwing up 10 times? What if they are screaming in the litter box? What if they are limping. It can be hard to tell when an emergency is a real emergency and when it can wait until the next morning.

Spring is finally here, with warm, sunny days and plants greening up all around us. I love seeing our perennial herbs coming back to life in the gardens. Our chives seem to have grown a couple inches on one sunny day recently, shooting up towards the sky full of life and vitality.

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