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The Vermont Legislature is now well into the final chapter of a high-stakes saga that began in 2010. At its center is the phosphorus level in Lake Champlain, especially in St. Albans and Missisquoi Bays.As a state document explains, "In excessive … more
The global biosphere — the life-support system for both humans and all other living things — is being ever more seriously abused. The several major renewable natural resources upon which we all depend for our well-being and very survival … more
In 2009, my husband, Tim Butterworth, and I got a call from a neighbor who worked at Marlboro College. Would we consider having one of their Fulbright teachers for a homestay week over the upcoming holiday break? We eagerly said, "Yes!" having … more
In the mid-1970s I worked as a technician at the Dartmouth Medical School. It was an interesting job that also allowed me to take courses at Dartmouth College. It was strangely ironic that at the time I had no idea about any Dartmouth connection … more
My daughter grimaced and shook her head. "I am BatMAN," she said with all the seriousness a 3-year-old could muster.The well-intentioned older lady smiled politely and said, "Oh, princess, but you are a GIRL!" before giving me a look that I couldn't … more
Democrats and Progressives in the Vermont Legislature are about to override a local election that was conducted correctly and lawfully by experienced town clerks and certified by a Vermont court. They are using the Legislature's constitutional … more
When was the last time you had a chat with your refrigerator? Have you heard any good stories or gossip from your home heating system or coffee maker? Has your car complained to you about your driving? Sounds a bit absurd but guess what — many … more
Life is interesting; when we might have things figured out, a series of events can easily reshape our view on life, and the world around us. In November 2015, I was playing with the idea of doing a story focused on hospice care. I put out some … more
Tonight a dear friend stopped by unannounced, bearing a tiny but fabulous gift: a button that read simply read, "Nevertheless, she persisted." It's a reference to Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren being officially silenced on the U.S. Senate … more
The idea that there is a positive return on investment in early childhood programs is not new, and it provides an excellent rationale for Governor Scott's proposals in his budget to increase funding in this realm.A recent report from the Vermont … more
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