May 19th, 2016
In politics, sometimes a step back is the right move.
I was not exactly looking forward to our family’s sabbatical in Berkeley, Calif. Our five-month sojourn was a year-and-a-half in the planning, so my mind had plenty of time to run through every nightmarish scenario imaginable. I worried that we couldn’t possibly find a comfortable and affordable home for a family of six. I worried that I would be stuck in this uncomfortable and expensive home all day long with four bickering children and no breaks. I worried that I would miss our life back in Vermont and become depressed.
A few days ago, my slippers disappeared.
I checked everywhere, even in the closet where they belonged (otherwise known as “the last place I’d ever put them”).
I looked in every room. I looked under the couches and under the beds. Twice. I checked the fridge, because you just never know. I tiptoed through the house, peeking around corners, in hopes of catching the slippers off guard.
“Nils, igitur, mors ad nos!” “Nothing, therefore, is death to us!” With this triumphant shout, Lucretius epitomized the wisdom of Epicurus.
I see, by the letter in the May 12 Addy Indy, that there are some in Vermont who still believe the coal/oil industry propaganda that there is no global warming.
May is Foster Care Month, a time to celebrate the hundreds of foster and kinship foster families in Vermont who provide safe, nurturing homes for children while they can’t be at home. It is with deep appreciation that the Family Services Division of the Department for Children and Families thanks them for their generosity, caring and willingness to “answer the call,” no matter when it comes.
It seems wrong to let this May go by without noting the 25th anniversary of the Middlebury College firings of 1991.
A quarter-century has passed since the lovely spring morning when 17unsuspecting staff members were physically removed from their offices in corporate-execution style — without warning and without even being allowed to retrieve their personal belongings — and told that their jobs were gone. Most were women and over age 50. Some had been working at the college more than 30 years.