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August 16, 2017

Monthly market insights, a reflection on July’s economy

By Kevin Theissen U.S. markets

The markets closed sharply higher for the month of July, fueled by strong corporate earnings, solid economic data and dovish comments by the Federal Reserve.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.54 percent while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index…

Altitude Sickness
August 16, 2017

The one that got away

By Brady Crain This was supposed to be a reunion story.

Ten days ago as I was packing my car to leave Jersey City, I met someone very special.  I was carrying my first load of bags to the garage where my car was parked,…

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August 16, 2017

Iraqi and Yemeni friends in Vermont

By Marguerite Jill Dye

At a time when we may be on the brink of war with a country with which we’ve never had diplomatic relations since its partitioning between Russia and the U.S. after WWII, I am especially aware of the importance of international programs…

Looking Back
August 16, 2017

The days of factories

By Mary Ellen Shaw

If you lived in the Rutland area back in “yesteryear,” you will remember the numerous jobs that were available in area factories. ”Yesteryear” from the point of view of my own early remembrances goes back to the 50s and 60s….

A dragon devours the sun
The Outside Story
August 16, 2017

A dragon devours the sun

By Michael J. Caduto

More than 3,000 years ago, the Chinese believed that a dragon ate the sun during a solar eclipse, so they gathered outdoors to drive away the beast by beating pots, pans and drums. Some 500 years later, the Greek poet Archilochus…

Generation Y
August 16, 2017

Spill your guts

By Bret Yates

In July, the Boston Globe published an article about the painter Helen Frankenthaler that contained the following sentence: “Frankenthaler’s effects are more visceral, more buzzy and demanding, than pastoral evocations of space.”

Every time I encounter the word “visceral” in print (which…

The Movie Diary
August 16, 2017

Movie Diary – Drawing on friends

By Dom Cioffi The Internet destroyed many industries during its meteoric rise in the late 90s and early 2000s. One of its most devastated victims was the Christmas card.

For decades, the Christmas card reigned supreme as the preeminent means of providing an annual catch-up…

Altitude Sickness
August 10, 2017

Goodbye hot city

By Brady Crain

I am back, and thank goodness for that.  Living in a non-air conditioned top floor apartment in Jersey City was a little too warm for my blood.  Okay, it was a lot too warm for my blood.

I did love the neighborhood…

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August 10, 2017

Ecotherapy and Killington nature notes

By Marguerite Jill Dye

Two Sarasota writer friends and I opened the door of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park’s Forest Center, ready to make notes for our non-stop, no pressure, “free writing” assignment. We’d signed up for Dartmouth Professor Terry Osborne’s Perception, Self-Awareness, and Nature…

Generation Y
August 10, 2017

Save it forever

By Bret Yates

Some weeks ago I mentioned here, offhand, that I expected to hate the new “Spider-Man: Homecoming” movie, which was turned out to be totally wrong; I saw it, and I enjoyed it more than any other comic book movie of recent years.