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Ways of Seeing by Laurie Cox: What makes a community special

Posted on October 4, 2018 |
By Laurie Cox



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In the late ’70s we bought a small house and moved to Ripton. One of our first tasks was to arrange for a post office box, as Ripton did not have home delivery. The Ripton Post Office was then located in the front section of a house in the town’s center.

As we entered to make our application, a woman in her late 50s stood behind the counter and introduced herself as the Postmaster, Hilda Billings. We explained our errand, but she stated that no boxes were available at that time, so we would have to use General Delivery.

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Ways of seeing: Border policy is cruel

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Laurie Cox



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When I was five years old, I spent the night in the hospital after getting my tonsils removed. I knew what was happening and why, but when I woke up in the morning, I wanted my parents. It wasn’t my sore throat as much as a cold heaviness in my chest — I felt so alone. I lay quietly, the tears sliding down my cheeks. Eventually a nurse came by and asked if I was alright. I said I wanted my parents. She assured me they would be there later, which I already knew, but I wanted them sooner. It seemed a long while before they came to take me home.

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Ways of seeing: School-fortresses not a solution

Posted on May 31, 2018 |
By Laurie Cox



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On a spring morning during my sophomore year of high school, our P.E. class headed to the field for a game of softball. As we divided into teams, the ground began to roll in visible waves. Somebody screamed. Grabbing the backstop fence, we instantly realized it was an earthquake.

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Ways of Seeing: How I began becoming a Vermonter

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Laurie Cox



What you are about to read might be viewed as a plug for your local paper, but it’s really the story of how I began becoming a Vermonter. Merely attending school in Vermont hardly made the transformation for me. That task required a different sort of setting.

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Ways of Seeing: It's civilization's price of admission

Posted on January 18, 2018 |
By Laurie Cox



Sitting in a laundromat in Denmark is remarkably like being in one in Middlebury. After a week of travelling, it was our day for relaxing and getting clean clothes. I looked up from my book and watched the tumbling laundry in the front-load machine begin to slow. Something was pasted on the inside of the window. Approaching the now stilled machine, I realized it was money. Stuck to the window were a couple of paper bills of Canadian currency.

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Ways of Seeing, Laurie Cox: Shining a light produces top result

Posted on October 26, 2017 |
By Laurie Cox



It’s October, and once again I find myself rubbing the right side of my forehead. I can feel the slight grooves in my skull where it hit the banister and broke it from the wall at the bend in our stairs. Nine or ten years have passed, and yet a subtle ache returns every autumn — or should I say fall?

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Ways of Seeing, Laurie Cox: Warm reception in cold countries

Posted on August 17, 2017 |
By Laurie Cox



About one hundred years ago, all four of my grandparents immigrated to this country, two as children, two as young adults. They arrived not speaking the language, wearing the garb of their native lands, with little money or resources. Their transitions could not have been easy, but they did have the benefit of others who had come earlier.

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Letter to the editor: Touting Vermont's strengths key to retaining youth

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By Laurie Cox



An Open Letter to Governor Scott: With all the chaos happening at the federal level, it is difficult for me to focus on the issues within our state. However, that very chaos makes it imperative that we take the right course here. I applaud your stand on the immigration actions, but am concerned about other directions you are espousing. You want to improve Vermont’s economy. You want to increase opportunities for a younger demographic of workers in our state. Those are fine goals, but how do we achieve them?

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First 'adult' Thanksgiving taught valuable lessons

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Laurie Cox



The first Thanksgiving. Not the one with the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony. Not even those tiny spoonfuls of mashed potatoes, popped into my mouth in my infancy. No, the first Thanksgiving for me took place my first year out of college. That was the first time I was the one sliding the turkey into the oven, making the gravy and all the other “trimmings.” That was my first adult Thanksgiving.

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