Column

The Outside Story
Column
October 30, 2014

The Outside Story

“What (f)lies beneath”—avian blood-suckers

By Meghan Oliver When you find a bird feather in the woods and stoop to pick it up, does your mom’s voice echo in your brain? Can you hear her say, “Birds have lice, don’t pick that up!” Mom was mostly…

Column
October 30, 2014

“Without fear or favor”—the road to our Voter’s Oath

By Julia Purdy The Freeman’s Oath—renamed the Voter’s Oath in 1994—is unique to Vermont. Like so much that is exceptional about Vermont, it is traceable to our very beginnings. It may come as a surprise to many that Vermont does not appear in the list…

Column
October 30, 2014

“I never promised you a rose garden….”

By Cindy Phillips One of the partners at my firm is on an extended business development trip to China. I received an email from him this week and the last line read, “Please water my plant.” I walked into his office and saw a wilted…

Column
October 30, 2014

The Movie Diary: Out of Control

By Dom Cioffi Like most people, I live under the false sense that I’m actually in control of my life. Even though I’ve spent countless hours reading and contemplating the idea that free will and control are illusionary, I still manage to approach my day-to-day…

Column
October 22, 2014

The Movie Diary: The best job I ever had

By Dom Cioffi

If you’re a parent and your son or daughter plays a sport, there’s a good chance that you’re going to find yourself involved in practice at some point. 

I had already been coaching for years when my son began…

Rockin’ the Region with Moguls Sports Pub
Column
October 22, 2014

Rockin’ the Region with Moguls Sports Pub

Look who’s turning 20: it’s Moguls Sports Pub. Come wish them a happy anniversary this weekend as they celebrate 20 years in Killington. Moguls has always been about the locals and building friendships in the community and that’s how they want to celebrate; with…

Column
October 22, 2014

Can we vote for all seven?

By Brett Yates

The weird, inclusive Vermont gubernatorial debate held on Oct. 9 has managed—at a time when political debates tend to be dispiriting and unpopular—to become something of a national phenomenon. The complete broadcast is available on YouTube.

Reddit was responsible…

“A penny for the Guy”
Column
October 22, 2014

“A penny for the Guy”

By Julia Purdy

On October 31 in small-town England, fireworks and the fires of Bonfire Night will blend their smoke with the thick autumn mists that drift across a moonlit sky. Families will stream through the dimly-lit streets, energized by the cold air…

The Outside Story: Would a woolly bear tell a lie?
Column
October 22, 2014

The Outside Story: Would a woolly bear tell a lie?

By Barbara Mackay

Autumn is coming to a close. The brilliant fall foliage is past peak, if not already layered in the compost bin. The last geese are honking their way toward winter homes. Predictions are proffered (sometimes cheerfully, mostly not) for how…

Column
October 22, 2014

Finding contentment in new holiday traditions

By Scott Funk

Some of the most dramatic changes of aging can be centered on the holidays. Each family has its own customs. Whether that means placing an ancient and honored menorah in the front window, or being the first house on Main…