Faith in Vermont: The Disappeared
This is a ghost story, except that the ghosts were never living; they were things that humans built assuming they'd endure: roads, houses, towns.
I used to read with fascination about the disappearance of ancient civilizations. In a world...
On the ball: Teams host playoff games
As expected, the Vermont Principals’ Association awarded top-four seeds this morning to the Middlebury Union High School girls’ soccer and field hockey teams, the Mount Abraham girls’ soccer squad, and the Otter Valley field...
Faith in Vermont: Mom Goes to Doe Camp
It started with fly fishing.
My daughters were asking to go fishing. Neither my husband nor I, both suburban kids, have any fishing experience aside from some childhood Girl Scout and Y Camp trips. I've been keen to learn,...
Faith in Vermont: A Morning at the DMV
(NOTE: The above photo is not the actual Middlebury DMV.)
I spent the morning of my 39th birthday in the waiting room of the Middlebury DMV.
Here are a few things that you should know:
-The Middlebury DMV is a "mobile" DMV,...
Faith in Vermont: The House that Electra Built
Just outside the town of Shelburne, an affluent Burlington suburb, a modest purple roadside sign reading “Shelburne Museum, Open May 9 – October 31” stands at the entrance to a parking lot with sweeping views of the hills...
The high school jocks have a tradition
of sneaking out of their parents’ homes,
driving around our neighborhood
chucking rolls of toilet paper
into the winless...
Faith in Vermont: The New Playground
Middlebury's Mary Hogan Elementary School got a new playground this summer. If you're the parent of a young child, this is probably old news. I myself have taken my four daughters to what we call "The New Kidspace" on a weekly...
Poem: They're Laying a Pipeline
That’s not hay they’re spreading
to mulch a garden, to keep the weeds
down. That machine isn’t a hand
shovel to turn the ground for a bed
of seeds. It’s made for...
Faith in Vermont: How Does My Garden Grow?
I'm an ambivalent gardener. This stems from my upbringing: As the only child of parents who have Miracle Gro running through their veins, I grew up observing the obvious pleasure that gardening bought my parents, along with the...
Faith in Vermont: Going Batty
Since our family moved to Vermont from more urban environs, I've often thought -- and sometimes said -- "It...