At the end of 2020-21 season, Jaime Laredo will step down as music director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra after 20 years at the helm. And in January, when the search for his replacement was just under way, Ben Cadwallader, the VSO’s executive director, resigned to take the same job with …

I know that COVID-19 is everywhere you turn, and everything you read. If we address pet care seriously on the front end we might reduce the time and impact in the long run. We are currently doing curbside service so that people aren’t coming into our building. However, depending on how thing…

The purpose of reading is to receive some type of emotional response or gratification. Whether it be joy, pain, amusement, or even anger, the idea of the writer is to convey emotion on paper for the experience and enjoyment of the reader. Some of the most powerful ways to reach a reader and …

Novels in series are here to stay; it is after all much easier for a publisher to sell one novelist three (or more) times to a growing audience than to sell three complete unknowns. This is particularly true in genre fiction (detective, fantasy, sci-fi, romance). And in a lot of cases, an au…

So, we can’t escape the month of hearts without talking about heart disease. We all want and hope for healthy hearts in our pets. They give their hearts to us fully and quickly, and it is our job to take care of them. The problem with heart disease in our animals is that it often goes undete…

In honor of St. Valentine, I wanted to do a column on romances. Which would be easier if I read more of them, honestly. And I did a study of them for my library science degree but didn’t find a bunch I could recommend. Fortunately, there’s often a great romance hiding inside the covers of an…

Some nights it feels like such a hassle to get dinner made at a reasonable time. The only way I seem able to make it happen is by sticking with a meal plan and a schedule. But even that’s not foolproof, as it’s so easy to get delayed with something at work, finding myself having to make an u…

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This column tends toward older titles for a variety of reasons — primarily, I like digging through the stacks at the library for hidden gems instead of competing with regular borrowers for hot new books.

I broke a record with the amount of canning I accomplished this past year. I tackled everything from plum caramel sauce and zesty zucchini relish to sour cherry preserves and roasted lime salsa. Any day now, the shelves of my cabinet that holds both my canning jars and cookbook collection, w…

I am throwing out articles about euthanasia, and now pain in December? What kind of holiday spirit is this? The truth is that talking about pain warms my heart for one reason — I can do a lot to help it. Pain is sorely (see what I did there?) underdiagnosed in our pets because they aren’t wh…

One of the things I like best about this time of year is the scent of a fresh Christmas tree in the house. I was sitting next to our tree the other day, enjoying that woodsy aroma and brainstorming recipe ideas, when I started to wonder if there was a way to capture that tree essence in cooking.

So, right as you were about to start walking seriously to offset the gravy and upcoming cookies, we got a bunch of snow. I know how disappointed you are! Dr. Anna is here to rescue you though, I have lots of winter walking tips to keep you out and about in the dark, cold, deep snow.

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Vermont is blessed with a surplus of good writers and great food, so it should come as no surprise that it’s also home to many fine cookbooks. As the holiday cooking & baking season swings into top gear, here’s a selection to help you put on your seasonal feast … whatever form it takes.

No doubt about it, it is dark. My dogs get extra stir crazy when they don’t get long walks in the woods or fields during the week, so when they get room to run they make the most of it. We are now firmly in the middle of hunting season though, so some precautions should be taken.

Eggplant is a love or hate kind of vegetable. For me, it’s love. I think what causes these feelings is the unique texture. The best (and maybe worst) way to describe it is being similar to a dense sponge. Because just like a sponge, eggplant absorbs flavor really well. It reminds me a lot of…

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