Ways of seeing: Reaching those who deny science

Here are three psychological challenges that can lead to science denial and suggested action steps to address them, in yourself and with others.

Ways of seeing: Geese offer a lesson in caring

There is a small pond on our farm, created many years ago when we had a shallow dug well and worried about running out of water for the sheep. Over the years, the pond has afforded much pleasure after hot days of haying or just lazing during the beautiful … (read more)

Ways of seeing: Geese offer a lesson in caring

There is a small pond on our farm, created many years ago when we had a shallow dug well and worried about running out of water for the sheep. Over the years, the pond has afforded much pleasure after hot days of haying or just lazing during the beautiful … (read more)

Ways of seeing: Looking from a new perspective

One recent summer evening, a group of friends gathered on our front porch. As we caught up with each other’s lives, one of us posed the question, “Given the present global challenges, how do you maintain hope?”I immediately knew my answer: I switch dimens … (read more)

Ways of seeing: ‘Balance’ proves elusive goal

I have a recurring nightmare. Set in a landscape of my childhood, my family’s ancestral Florida lake house becomes swallowed by rising water. I’m stranded on the dock as water rises all around me. I awaken filled with anxiety, about being swallowed by som … (read more)

Ways of seeing: Social networking skills erode

My mother called being a part of a conversation “getting a word in edgewise.” I never had trouble doing that, maybe because I was the oldest of five kids. Never, that is, until after COVID-19. I spent more than a year living alone, not seeing or interacti … (read more)

Ways of seeing: Rocks change slowly; we cannot

When I entered college, a science class was required. I chose geology. Biology, chemistry and physics had been included in my high school education, and I had no plans to become a scientist. (I was going to be a writer!) Also, the geology course descripti … (read more)

Ways of seeing: Will inventions stand the test of time?

I sometimes have a lot of time to think while I’m at work. When you spend seven or eight hours scraping paint, your mind is free to wander, and lately my mind has journeyed from the lead in the paint I was scraping to other inventions that, like lead in p … (read more)

Ways of Seeing: A More Nuanced Approach to Vaccines

When I sat down to write this column, I have to admit that I really struggled to decide what to write about. There’s so much going on in the world one doesn’t even know what to start with sometimes. As I thought more about it, though, and talked with frie … (read more)

Ways of seeing: The GOAT takes care of her health

I can’t get enough of young Black female athletes standing up to powerful forces in the media, in their athletic organizations, and everywhere else. My generation of women and marginalized genders has had it up to here with being bullied by coaches, teach … (read more)

Ways of seeing: Pandemic led to new connections

Several friends and I quietly admitted to each other that the pandemic has been an affirming personal experience. The spaciousness of this past year was a gift.There was time to act, time to ponder, time to gaze.Technology became a tool for connection. I … (read more)

Ways of seeing: Seeing (BLM) signs of progress

In 1969 I adopted a biracial daughter. Though she has not searched for her heritage, she has always believed herself to be half African American. Jasmine was born in Vermont and grew up in Addison County, graduated from Middlebury Union High School and th … (read more)

Ways of seeing: My year of the Rabbit

In my painting studio, next to the window, hangs an image from an old art calendar that my mother passed on to me: Albrecht Durer’s 1502 drawing of a young hare.I use this drawing when I teach. Kids love it for its realism (and cuteness). Adults marvel at … (read more)

Ways of seeing: Migrant workers are essential

The summer I turned 13, a friend told me how she made a lot of money picking strawberries. It sounded like a relatively easy deal, so my sister and I decided to give it a try.Lunch sacks in hand, we ferried to a nearby island and were loaded in the back o … (read more)

Ways of seeing: Towns and schools can work together

This is part four of four win-win solutions to the challenges facing our school districts and small rural towns. The topic is Incentivizing Towns and School Districts to work together. The great news is that H.106, now Act 67 “The Community School Act,” w … (read more)

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