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Ways of Seeing by Alice Leeds: Mary at the lighthouse

Posted on May 23, 2019 |
By Alice Leeds



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When I was twenty I worked at a nursing home as the activities director. The home was located in a transitional urban neighborhood, and residents included Irish Catholic immigrants, Eastern European Jews, Southern Black Baptists, White Anglo Saxon Protestants, the mentally ill, the developmentally delayed, the senile, and folks who had all their facilities intact. The one common denominator was poverty. None of them could afford anything better.

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Ways of Seeing by Alice Leeds: The coast of Florida has hidden gems

Posted on March 28, 2019 |
By Alice Leeds



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After decades of vacations determined by the school calendar, my husband and I take a month-long drive to Florida and back. It feels luxurious. We set out in early January, dodging snow and ice storms along the way.

Our destination is the central west coast of Florida. While driving there, we envision beach combing and river walks, exotic birds and trees, perpetual warmth. After arriving, we set out on a new adventure each day.

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Ways of Seeing by Alice Leeds: Our differences hold us together

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
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In 1996 a Muslim teen from Indonesia moved into our home and became part of our family for the next six years, initiating a relationship I value to this day.

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Ways of Seeing by Alice Leeds: Dealing with the Pittsburgh shooting

Posted on November 29, 2018 |
By Alice Leeds



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Each night as I fall asleep I feel gratitude for my good fortune that day — photos we received of our new grandson, golden leaves still hanging onto their limbs, the brisk morning walk around our neighborhood, the delicious meal my husband and I shared that evening. My daily life is filled with blessings.

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Ways of Seeing by Alice Leeds: Real choice on gas pipeline is now

Posted on September 27, 2018 |
By Alice Leeds



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This summer the Bristol selectboard signed an agreement with Vermont Gas Systems to build a pipeline through our village. I am part of a group of Bristol residents taking steps to assure our legal right to a public binding vote on this issue.

Our selectboard and VGS contend that each resident has the freedom to choose whether or not to purchase fuel delivered through the proposed pipeline. However, this view bypasses an important concern. Once the distribution line is in the ground, much of the harm — both local and global — will already be done.

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Ways of seeing: Hidden in plain sight

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By Alice Leeds



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A unique community of 10,000-15,000 Vermonters is scattered throughout our state. Its vibrant culture centers around its engaging language. However, this community is often marginalized, misunderstood and forgotten. Its young people can be particularly isolated. Deaf Vermonters, whose contributions help support our state, would benefit from greater acknowledgment and allocation of resources.

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Ways of seeing: More than skin deep

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
By Alice Leeds



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Sometimes as a child I would lie in bed and stare at the speckled wallpaper, lights from passing cars moving across my bedroom, and I would think of Mrs. O’Connell. As beams glided across my face, my bedspread, the wooden floor, I had a feeling she knew The Secret.

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Letter to the editor: CCV should pay its workers more

Posted on May 9, 2018 |
By Alice Leeds



When I retired from a long and satisfying career as a public school teacher, I was excited to return to teaching part-time at the Community College of Vermont in Winooski. Student diversity, wonderful colleagues and a lovely work environment make CCV a positive place to teach, and the paycheck supplements my retirement income.

However, instructors who have made a long-term commitment to this important educational institution and who depend on that CCV paycheck for their livelihood are struggling.

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Ways of Seeing: Lessons of a father's unknown past

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
By Alice Leeds



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Abi Sessions recently wrote a Ways of Seeing column about her father, who would have turned 100 in February. This got me thinking about my dad, who would have also become a centenarian this month. I share a reflection on his life that seems relevant today.

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Ways of Seeing: The Roods' presence graced their town

Posted on January 25, 2018 |
By Alice Leeds



The year is 1991. Burnham Hall is packed. A small grey-haired woman wanders onstage in hiking boots and khakis, binoculars glued to her eyes, peering intently into the audience. Following close behind is a similarly dressed small gentleman. “Has anyone out there seen a bluebird?” he questions the audience as his partner continues peering about, both improvising the opening scene in our elementary school performance, one of my first as a teacher at Lincoln Community School.

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