Faith in Vermont: California Sabbatical, Day 1: Palm Trees!
“Wait, people are just allowed to have palm trees in their yards?” my eldest daughter marveled on our first day in California’s Bay Area.
The palm trees have been the undisputed highlight of California thus far, the first...
Poem: I won't vote for a camel-
I won’t cast one vote for a camel-
haired coat. I’d rather be thrown-out
in the snow and live in my state
of standing up, saying no.
It doesn’t know my neighbors
and I love sleeping in the cold
Faith in Vermont: Saying Goodbye: It's Deja vu All Over Again
Last week, the woman behind me in the Hannaford supermarket check-out line asked if I knew where Salon Déjà vu was located. She wanted to get a gift certificate for somebody, she told me, but the address that she’d been...
Faith in Vermont: Current Events, Common Sense, and Craft Fairs
It is difficult for the human mind to commit itself to one thing, and to maintain focus upon that thing in order to see it through to completion.
This is particularly true for parents of young children, who may have only two uninterrupted...
Accord: A poem by Gary Margolis
Pleasant, isn’t it, December’s January
thaw? The snow that isn’t here, sand and salt
still mountains in the town’s bins. Tire
chains hanging on the walls. Our road
commissioner sleeping in. My...
Vt. Sports Media Association honors OV's Lowell
VERMONT — The Vermont Sports Media Association chose two high school juniors, a high-scoring field hockey player and a prolific football quarterback, as its Athletes of the Month for October.
In statewide balloting of VSMA members, the...
Poem: I found an ornament
I found an ornament
by the side of the road.
And wedged it into the bark
of a maple tree. Hoping,
I suppose, a driver would see
a shining, lost thing
from the hood of his truck.
A chrome ram’s bust...
Faith in Vermont: Five Misconceptions About Sabbatical
And just like that, Thanksgiving’s over. Before we had a chance to toss out the dried-out autumnal gourd decorations and boil the turkey bones for broth, there were wreaths around town, Christmas carols playing in the stores, and –...
Faith in Vermont: Trading Up
A few weeks ago, a friend invited me to go to the Trader Joe’s grocery store in South Burlington.
Although this Trader Joe’s – the only one in Vermont – opened in May 2014, I had never visited it. I had, in fact,...
Out and About: Laughing at Checkhov
I didn’t plan to go see Neil Simon’s 1973 Broadway comedy “The Good Doctor” at Town Hall Theater Thursday night, for two simple reasons: (1) because, as I stated in my first “Out and About” blog post last week,...