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Many of my friends and neighbors were ambivalent about celebrating Independence Day this year. Some were angry and despondent. I too have felt all these emotions this week, but as a child of an immigrant, my experience of the 4th of July … more
Major League Baseball officials have been considering rule changes that would speed up the game. There has been criticism that the game of baseball has become too slow and that some fans are bored by the pace of the game. But baseball is a game that … more
On one of the last days of the legislative session I was honored to be at a press conference put on by the Racial Justice Reform Coalition. They were celebrating H.308, a bill crafted as an historical attempt to address racial justice reform in … more
Dobro pozhalovat' v Ob"yedinennuyu Sovetskuyu Sotsialisticheskuyu Respubliku. My - strana, kotoraya legko otvlekayetsya, i vot kak eto proizoshlo!Thank you Google translate; for the record it says: Welcome to the United Soviet Socialist Republic. We … more
We hear a lot about how people with opposing viewpoints need to be reaching across the aisle and talking to one another, but that is easier said than done. Online comments can quickly become fraught and in-person attempts are often so intense that … more
The short video "A Day Without Child Care" created by the Local Child Care Planning Council of Humboldt County in California (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGpEXKgU20A), takes a humorous lens to a very serious issue and demonstrates how everyone … more
The smoke has cleared from the legislative battlefield of 2017, and it's a good time to review the outcome to see who got what - and what lies ahead.In January Gov. Phil Scott strongly urged a budget with no tax rate increases. To their credit, the … more
Vermont requires motorcyclists to wear a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved safety helmet. The State of New Hampshire does not. In a few weeks, I will have been riding a motorcycle for 48 years. Because much of my riding has been done in … more
The concept and practice of enabling is a powerful and complicated issue — one that comes up regularly in my work as a clinical psychologist at the Brattleboro Retreat. Enabling has parallel meanings. To enable can refer to our interactions … more
Now that our state's budget impasse and legislative session have wrapped up, it's time to take stock of what happened at the State House on key Vermont priorities like clean water, protecting communities from toxic chemicals, maintaining the health … more
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