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Letter to the editor: Women's March was uplifting

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



On Saturday, Jan. 21, I drove with 3 other women to Montpelier for the Women’s March. On our way traveling south on I-89, we noticed the traffic slowing down to a crawl. We were very lucky and had the chance to get off at the Middlesex exit and onto Route 2. We made it to Montpelier. Luckily we found a parking spot and walked to Montpelier High School to join the thousands bound for the State House.

Here are some of the lessons and messages that I read on posters. I share them with you in poetic form:

Human Kind, Be Both

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Letter to the editor: Simple questions offered answers

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



I have been blessed with a lesson from one of my former students. Her name is Rose.

Rose and I visit with each other, now and then. We saw each other this past autumn. We took a walk in Bristol. Rose said her grandmother has dementia. She shared with me how her grandmother now communicates with her. From my point of view, Rose’s grandmother has the wisdom to know what three questions need repeating:

“Do you know how much I love you?”

“Do you know how beautiful you are?”

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Letter to the editor: Communities can heal through caring, good deeds

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



A couple weeks before Thanksgiving this Gospel song came to me. “There’s a healing somewhere. There’s a healing somewhere. Don’t you go until you find it. There’s a healing somewhere.” Sister Alice Martin taught me that Gospel song. Sister Alice is the pastor of a church in the heart of Philadelphia. Her congregation includes people released from prison, recovering addicts, and anyone else who feels welcomed in her presence.

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Letter to the editor: Avoid fear, practice soothing, enjoy nature’s bounty

Posted on November 4, 2016 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Fear is a 4 letter word.

Between now and the upcoming election and beyond, I am working on avoiding the trap of fear, “What if . . .?”

Isaac Penington, an English Quaker who lived from 1616 to 1679, once wrote, “Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and notlaying accusations one against another; but praying one for another and helping one another up with a tender hand.”

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Opinion: Politicians should stay away from nuclear weapons

Posted on August 15, 2016 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Seventy-one years ago, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and another on Nagasaki on Aug. 9.

According to the Federation of American Scientists, the United States has reduced its “operational nuclear warheads from 4,950 in 2010 to 4,700 nuclear warhead in 2015”. (The Guardian, April, 2016) President Obama’s “vision and work for a world without nuclear weapons” (Norwegian Nobel committee, 2009) has not been fulfilled. What legacy are we leaving our children and grandchildren?

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Opinion: Violence is never the right answer

Posted on July 28, 2016 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



It has been a time of reflection for me. My heart goes out to families and friends who are grieving the loss of loved ones. I find myself drawn to gardens, to watch nature carry on.

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Opinion: Use of Roundup threatens health

Posted on April 18, 2016 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Last week I received in the mail someTrue ValueReward coupons that I could redeem at my local hardware store. I cut out the RoundUp coupon and mailed it back to the hardware store. I requested that the hardware store take RoundUp off its shelves, along with any other herbicide containing glyphosate. In March 2015, the United Nations’ World Health Organization stated that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” I told the hardware store to stop taking chances with our health.

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Opinion: Community, not violence, the answer to problems

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



This past summer, my husband noticed a bumper sticker that said, “I am not a liberal. I support the 2nd Amendment.”

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Opinion: No one truly wins in matters of war

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



I have a sign in my front yard that says, “War is not the answer!” It was made by the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

A few years ago, one of my neighbors asked me, “What is the question?” I think I answered his question with this question. “How do different countries respond to each other when they don’t get what they want?”

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Opinion: Wild Roots Farm reaches veterans

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



On this Veterans Day, I honor the healing process of offering veterans a place to plant, to build, to work, to rest, to sweat, to sing, to eat … to reflect and to emerge into feeling held by community. Jon Turner has offered his Wild Roots Farm in Bristol for this work to happen.

On Memorial Day weekend, Jon and fellow veterans built a sweat lodge. They then used the sweat lodge. Chanting and singing helped the cleansing. Friends, family and community welcomed their emergence with food and company. The ages ranged from 6 months to 83 years.

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