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.”

Ways of seeing: Titans of the arts taught curiosity

Like so many ancient trees in a sacred grove, the titans who have shaped my own history have fallen one by one in a mere matter of weeks: bell hooks, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, E.O. Wilson, Joan Didion, Sarah Weddington, Stephen Sondheim, Betty White and, j … (read more)

Ways of seeing: Choosing ‘Yes, please, thank you’

After seven decades of trying to do it myself when things got rough, I got pretty good at turning down help when it was offered.

Ways of seeing: Pandemic survival ten best list

My friend Julie told me this COVID pandemic may last five years. She said that based on what happened with the influenza pandemic of 1918, it could take that long for COVID to become endemic.

Ways of seeing: Vaccine failures challenge our values

When I moved to Vermont for college, I was 18 and had barely left Texas. My family drove me, and I was terrified when I realized how far Vermont was from home.

Ways of seeing: Polio generation trusted the vaccine

My father recalled a day during elementary school when all the kids from the school were taken down to the Town Hall, and everyone was given a polio vaccine.

Ways of seeing: Gardening is truly an act of faith

I never realized how much faith and patience I had until I’d harvested my first crop of garlic over twenty years ago when I lived in Charlotte.

Ways of seeing: We can do more than we think

Vermont is on the verge of an amazing opportunity to realize dreams that have long been deferred.

Ways of seeing: Hand symbol can help the abused

With domestic violence surging globally during the pandemic, and countless people trapped at home with their abusers, advocates needed a simple way for someone in distress to signal a silent SOS.

Ways of seeing: Making connections on the road

The other night I was listening to the radio while washing dinner dishes. The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was in the news again.

Ways of seeing: More than a film — a relationship

I met Khongoroo (pronounced Hungara), the protagonist, 15 years ago when she rode her reindeer into a Dukha reindeer herding settlement I was visiting.

Ways of seeing: Forest shows way of cooperation

Walking through the forest as these late fall days lingered with unnatural warmth, I found the woods filled with life and light.

Ways of seeing: Student discipline has been in flux

When my daughter started at Bristol Elementary I realized things have changed a lot since I went to school there. 

Ways of seeing: Vaccine leads to togetherness

I just returned from a truly glorious weekend in Stonington, Conn., where I went for a funeral. “Always go to the funeral” is a piece of advice someone gave me a long time ago.

Ways of seeing: Immigration is a bipartisan issue

Recently, news and media coverage highlighted video footage and images of border agents near Del Rio, Texas, grossly abusing Haitian migrants crossing the Rio Grande into the United States.