Ways of Seeing: Anti-abortion quest is a power grab

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I really, really don’t want to write this column. I’m recovering from COVID, I’m tired, and I’m so, so angry. I have been involved in the fight for reproductive freedom for literally my entire life. My mom was a young mother in the late 1960s when it was common for women to die from botched abortions. She carried me in her backpack at demonstrations because I was too little to walk. The cry “We Won’t Go Back!” is personal and political. JOANNA COLWELL I’m not going to try and convince a … (read more)

Ways of Seeing: Choice makes America great

In 1948, my grandmother married my grandfather. Soon after, they had their first child. He was the first of ten.

Ways of Seeing: Could somebody help me please?

Have you ever expressed that worry, lying alone in your hospital bed and wondering if a nurse will come? 

Ways of Seeing: Medicare is for people, not corporations

It takes both good luck and good care to survive cancer. After my breast cancer diagnosis in 1999 I had both. 

Ways of Seeing: Is simplicity the better path?

Why is it so hard for us to be satisfied with what we have?

Ways of Seeing: Many refugees not from Ukraine

People are talking about the crisis in Ukraine in drastically different terms than they would if it was taking place in a poor black country.

Ways of Seeing: Pandemic offers a ‘reset’ moment

New things can be scary, but they also can open us up to better ways of living, better ways of structuring our institutions, our interactions, our society and our environment. 

Ways of Seeing: Global citizenship has benefits

After a year’s hiatus due to COVID, our family resumed our annual family trip this past January.

Ways of Seeing: Yoga can, must advance equity

The Yoga Equity Project seeks to provide the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga and meditation to everyone, by addressing the inequalities that keep some people from accessing yoga spaces.

Ways of Seeing: Why we put women of color in power

There is a lot of pain in the world right now. People continue to fall victim daily to a global pandemic. War has broken out in Europe. In our own backyard, we continue to see Black, brown, and indigenous people killed by the police.

Ways of Seeing: Productivity is tough to measure

For the past few years, I’ve had an aversion to the word “productive” or any terminology that hints at it.

Ways of Seeing: Treasure hunting along the aisles

For the past two years, grocery shopping has become my weekly event. During the expanded time between these excursions, I ponder the joys of childhood shopping trips.

Ways of Seeing: Are we still ‘Vermont Strong’?

Vermont was a media darling in the first year of the pandemic, keeping the virus in check better than any other state.

Ways of seeing: Gentle heat provides pleasing winter thaw

During the beginning of the month, when it wasn’t below zero, I lost heat. Sitting at my computer, not moving around the house or yard, my hands were icy.

Ways of seeing: Rockwell’s ‘Freedoms’ are still vital

Recently, I found myself recalling some paintings I had seen as a child: Norman Rockwell’s “The Four Freedoms.”