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When the well runs dry
The Movie Diary
May 22, 2015

When the well runs dry

By Dom Cioffi

There are certain things in the developed world that are easy to take for granted: the relative safety we experience, the medical care available to us, and the food we have access to. But the one thing we always count…

Dating deal breakers

Dating deal breakers

After being back in the dating pool for over two years, I’ve had some time to myself and have learned more about being an independent woman. By finding love and happiness within myself (and not being depend on a man to fill that void) I feel…

The Outside Story
The Outside Story
May 20, 2015

The Outside Story

Alder and Willow Flycatchers: sibling species

By Steven D. Faccio

By mid-May each year I begin to look forward to the return of the alder flycatchers that nest in the willows along the stream near our house. Usually the last…

My girlfriend is a doctor
Generation Y
May 20, 2015

My girlfriend is a doctor

Like all serious literary artists, I exist within a near-constant state of writer’s block and often have to consult other people for ideas. When I ask my girlfriend Quinn what I should write about for my column, she always has the same answer: “Me.”

Looking Back: Blossoms make memories
Looking Back
May 14, 2015

Looking Back: Blossoms make memories

Flowering trees are beginning to bud and perennial flowers are starting to poke their heads through the dirt. These brave souls endured a really frigid winter and will soon wow us with their tenacity.

Many of the annual blossoms in our yard have a…

Altitude sickness
Altitude Sickness
May 14, 2015

Altitude sickness

A gangly nerd avenges his past with extreme forays into athletics

I was born a sickly child. Asthma, pneumonia, and scarlet fever frequented my childhood home. Moving to Vermont at the end of my seventh year, I grew up a wheezing nerd (a moniker…

The Outside Story
The Outside Story
May 14, 2015

The Outside Story

Go figure: how tree burls grow

By Joe Rankin

I’ve had my eye on this maple in my woods for some time. Not because it’s a beautiful timber tree. It’s only about eight inches in diameter, after all. But it has an…

When “cheating” becomes cheating … or not
Generation Y
May 14, 2015

When “cheating” becomes cheating … or not

Where does Tom Brady rank within the annals of sports cheaters?

On May 6, the NFL’s 243-page “Wells Report” implicated Brady in January’s “Deflategate” scandal, wherein the Indianapolis Colts accused the New England Patriots of using underinflated footballs—in violation of the league’s p.s.i. requirements—during their…