Poem: After Labor Day
After Labor Day
Maybe it’s because they see my children
waiting for the bus in their new clothes,
kicking stones at each other, raising
a dirt road of dust.
Hear my wife shouting for me
to leave meat out to defrost,...
Faith in Vermont: Of Ticks and Fear
“Mommy, is that a tick?” my seven-year-old daughter asks. She’s looking in the bathroom mirror, pointing to a small black speck under her chin.
Our family’s move earlier this month from the woods to the fields...
Faith in Vermont: Decisions, Decisions
Our family moved last week.
In fact, it would be more accurate to say that our family has been moving for the past year.
It all began with a dream: What if we lived with a little less house, on a little more land? What if we grew and raised...
Faith in Vermont: Journeys in Pediatric Dentistry
Like most people, I do not love change. This is particularly true if the change in question involves putting up buildings where there were none. I realize the need for economic development: More buildings generally mean more jobs, and that more...
Faith in Vermont: No Child of Ours
Last week -- the week when Alton Sterling was fatally shot by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile was fatally shot by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota -- I had my monthly book club meeting.
The two events may seem...
Faith in Vermont: Mosquitoes: The War on Summer
“Why did I have to be born so tasty?!?” my daughter wailed, raking her fingernails across her shins. “I hate summer!”
In our neck of the woods, summer – which should be a season of backyard barbeques, kiddie...
Faith in Vermont: The Summer of Patience
The summer of 2016 may hereafter be referred to by our family as: “The Summer of Patience.”
Ah, patience! Defined as, “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset,”...
Poem by Gary Margolis: Haircut
I don’t know what possesses me
to ask the order of your family
love. Children, dog, your loving
husband? Save that picture
in its frame that says I love my dog.
His perked-up ears. His over-biting
Faith in Vermont: Marching on Memorial Day
“Can we march in the Memorial Day parade again this year?”
Out of nowhere, one of my daughters popped this question during breakfast on a morning in mid-April. Memorial Day was over a month away. We were all the way across the...
Faith in Vermont, California Sabbatical: Some Lessons of Sabbatical
I was not exactly looking forward to our family’s sabbatical in Berkeley, California. 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....