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We are heading into uncharted territory as we move into 2017. Fear of the unknown may be the most common sentiment for many of us who realize that this country elected an egomaniacal, racist misogynist with a pathologic personality to be the next … more
Let me clarify one thing. Last week I wrote a fairly glum column about the plight of our society as we know it. The constant dumbing down and misinformation has completely dropped our collective IQs like a 50-pound dumbbell hitting the floor. … more
With a new president and governor inaugurated this month, it's a good time to rethink the limits of executive power to act without the authorization of the Constitution or the Legislature — especially in view of the growing … more
My home was originally a hunting camp in a high meadow, built in 1957. The materials were mostly locally sourced, and the interior was paneled with locally milled wide pine boards. The folks who lived in it before I bought it spent 25 years living a … more
What a great welcome back to the Northeast. Snow. Lots of it. It's thrilling to be here as your new publisher, joining the incredible team and new local owners at the Reformer.It's been a while, but my family and I have lived in the Northeast and … more
I had a great gardening year in 2016. Of course, I'm a mad-dog gardener, so that means I was born optimistic and wired to remember success, not failure. So I suppose I had some of both. But the weather was largely sunny and I got a great yield from … more
According to recent reports, the number of children in state's custody in our region continues to grow at an alarming rate. Sadly, with over 150, Windham County is among highest in the state, and the highest per capita. Coupled with the difficulty … more
When a large building is built the owner usually bends over backwards to keep construction costs as low as possible. What would happen if the primary objective were not to minimize up-front costs but rather to keep the cost of operating the building … more
Sunset. Temperatures dropping, snow falling, wind blowing. Thankfully you are safe and warm at home.The telephone rings. The power company is calling: "We regret to say that payment for last month was never received. The bill is now more than 30 … more
By Scott FunkMillennials aren't found of talking about age because they are "as young as they feel." They are the age they are and, at any point, that is the right age to be. Such is the confidence of youth.It is among older folks one hears the talk … more
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