Poem: Two Details to Leave Out
It appears the hen’s urging
her poult to wait at the edge
of the road. For the bus to arrive,
for its accordion door to open.
All she wants to do is flap
back to the brush, stay in her leafy bed.
Pull a cover...
Faith in Vermont: First Things...and Wedding Rings
My immediate thought, after my three-year-old daughter swallowed my wedding band, was: Well, I guess there really IS a first time for everything!
This past month has been full of firsts for our family, which is typical of early September....
Middlebury kids compete in LEGO video contest
Local Middlebury youths Jack Nop and Peter Dickerson (graduate of Mount Abe and currently in his first year at Saint Michael's College) created a Lego stop motion video that became one of the six finalists in an international contest.
Faith in Vermont: The More Things Change
At the end of August, as has been our custom for the past three summers, our family spent a weekend at the Highland Lodge, on the shores of Caspian Lake in Greensboro, Vermont. Travel with four young children is never easy, so when we find a...
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...