Ways of Seeing: ‘Hard to place’ label gets tiresome

Hercules and Atlas got a lot of notoriety for holding up the world, and admittedly, quite a feat it was. But what of a modern heroine, one who doesn’t hold up the world but one who straddles many?

Ways of Seeing: Apt response to ‘All Lives Matter’

Let’s imagine a house catches on fire one dry summer day, and fortunately, someone gets hold of the fire department.

Ways of Seeing: Harm prevention is part of healing

Although many Westerners think of yoga as physical exercise, breathing, and stretching, learning yoga philosophy is a key part of the practice. These ancient teachings can help us navigate many difficult aspects of being human.

Ways of Seeing: One word with many meanings

My adventure for the past two-and-a-half years has been to write a memoir. I have enjoyed taking myself back into my life stories and experiences and sharing them.

Ways of Seeing: Taking action on a human scale

What can I or any other person do in the face of seemingly intractable problems?

Ways of Seeing: Climate initiatives need dedication

So much of this situation rides on money, apathy, and our resistance to change.

Ways of Seeing: Our freedoms must be protected

In terms of making laws and rules for an entire country, who should decide what is bad?

Ways of Seeing: Making ‘what is’ into ‘what should be’

I know I spend a lot of time gnashing my teeth over injustice in the world. But could I allow myself, with friends and neighbors, to spend time drawing, painting and dreaming of the world that  “should be?” 

Ways of Seeing: Other precedents for civil rights

Since I wrote the piece about my grandmother, I’ve been stewing about the revocation of abortion rights and reading more on the ways in which we can argue that these rights are constitutional.

Ways of Seeing: Sadly, our daughters must worry

“You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” These words from a famous old Joni Mitchell song have been ringing in my head the past few days.

Ways of Seeing: Students offer their take on war

For several years, one of the assignments for my Community College of Vermont students has been to explore the concept of war and the possibility of world peace.

Ways of Seeing: Crossing the bridges in our lives

The allure of bridges dates back to my childhood. In 1959 construction began on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge connecting Staten Island to Brooklyn.

Ways of Seeing: Summer reading list takes shape

One of the great ironies of my profession is the pervasive feeling that I never have time to read.

Ways of Seeing: Bureaucratic hurdles a world away

If you are like I am, you don’t pay attention to how to get somewhere if someone else is driving. You and I can focus on the scenery or read a book. When I am in Mongolia and hire an interpreter, I let her lead me to wherever we need to go to accomplish a … (read more)

Ways of Seeing: Life is about making connections

As our state strives to clean up Lake Champlain, even our little mountain towns must do their part to contour our road ditches and place our culverts to minimize their erosive potential.