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In early November I received a call from a neighbor who had a beaver in her backyard pond. Backyard ponds are magnets for beavers, but because such ponds are often created to fulfill an ornamental role, and a beaver's esthetic may conflict with the … more
At the end of a week of gray, raw, and drizzly days, I was at my wit's end. Even my intrepid corgi, Daphne, was less than fully excited about taking walks in the rain. So I did what works best for me: I planted bulbs indoors so that I can force them … more
Like most things that people can't see, there is much debate over whether the Jolly Ol' Elf is real or not. The debate spills over into moral territory as parents worry about lying to their children.But, I believe.I do not think that a man flies a … more
On Dec. 8, David beat Goliath. It was the kind of victory that is rare, but one that is immeasurably satisfying. In this particular case the battle was between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and one smart Vermonter who was not going to take no … more
I'm as bad about it as everyone else, spending too much time on the internet. This is still a relatively new tool for a lot of folks, especially social media, and we honestly spend too much time with it. We now relate to others in different ways … more
Heaven is where you are if your candidate wins, hell is where you are if your candidate doesn't, and purgatory is where the Democrats live! Here's my disclaimer for the statements that follow: I react only as a citizen of these United States … more
All right, I've managed to clean up my vegetable gardens and rake the lawn. I've gotten most of my flower beds cut back, weeded, and raked. So can I relax and watch football? NO, not yet. Smug though I may be for doing all that, there is still work … more
December is usually when nonprofits of every kind give updates, seek support, and thank their past donors. And yes, we have good news to share, welcome your help, and sincerely thank you — survivors, allies, our generous community — for … more
Family. It's something most of have, many of us take for granted, and at least a few of us complain about to friends and colleagues. But family is also at the emotional and biological core of our society. Families give us life, care for us when we … more
You don't know me Mr. Trump, but I'm hoping this message somehow finds its way to your desktop. Like you, I'm a Republican. More importantly, I'm a Vermont Republican. There is a difference. Up here in one of the bluest of blue states, we Vermont … more
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