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We're now a couple weeks into the New Year! I truly wish the new year brought news of reduced scamming and fraud but that's not the case.The recent con artist efforts include "friendly" phone calls and ransomware attacks. The friendly call comes … more
Many of us are trying to shut out the barrage of news that keeps hitting us every day telling us that the principles and values we have cherished all of our lives have now been rendered meaningless. It is a blow to the spirit, and it creates a level … more
Having arrived last August as the new President and CEO of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, I am still fairly new to Vermont. A few observations so far: 1) this is a wonderful place full of energy and life, 2) the people are … more
Funny thing about dictators, in a civilized society karma usually catches them. It might take a while, and those that have fallen to its rule often suffer by having basic human rights stripped from them or worse. When a dictator takes over it's … more
In 1966 Martin Luther King Jr. stated, "For years I labored with the idea of reforming existing institutions of society through a little change here and a little change there. But now I feel differently. You have to have a reconstruction of the … more
After being asked to read at the Writers Resist reading in Brattleboro on the Sunday before Martin Luther King Day, I wrote the following brief essay as an explanation for why I found this particular event both a formidable moral and literary … more
House Agriculture and Forestry spent most of this week with orientation activities. I suspect many other committees did the same as we refresh our memories and bring new members up to speed. This includes hearing from people representing the various … more
If you were a filmmaker wanting a scary plot, you could just give one character a stalker: the creep-factor grows quickly, tension builds naturally, and suspense can last right up to the closing scene. There's that predator-prey dynamic, which might … more
Boating season 2016, and I never once went on the water in one of my boats. The only time I got on a boat was taking the ferry to Martha's Vineyard, but that was it. The only seaworthy boat that I have is a 1974 Penn Yan motor boat with a 70 … more
I recently was re-organizing my gardening books and came across a great book by Michelle Obama: "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America." I must have gotten it when it came out, but never read it until … more
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