Marlboro writer portrays the other Vermont
“Half Wild: Stories” by Robin MacArthur Ecco, 2016 In this debut collection of skillfully-crafted short stories, Robin MacArthur, a third-generation member of the Marlboro MacArthur family, joins H...
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Play it Again, Zoe
“23 Minutes” by Vivian Vande Velde Boyds Mills Press (Highlights), 2016 Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a peculiar gift: she can “rewind” any event that happens to her and replay its past 23 minutes, maki...
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May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for a good year
I’m guessing that at this time of year the most frequently asked question by Jewish people is “When are the holidays . . .are they early or late this year?” Why the dates for the holidays should be...
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Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun the frumious Bandersnatch!
Back to school.  Back to a regular routine.  Back to things that are traditionally done this time of year... traditional things we always do.  Which brings to mind the poetry of childhood.  Nonsens...
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The loss of giants is our loss, the sixth extinction
“Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of the Earth’s Most Dominant Species” by Jeff Campbell Zest Books, 2016 In the last quarter of the 19th century, naturalists influenced by Charles Darwin bega...
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Keep track of Act 46 education reform as it takes shape throughout the valley
Many will recall that Act 60 of 1997 and Act 68 of 2003 were the result of the Vermont Supreme Court having struck down the previous state funding system and directing the legislature to come up wi...
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Do ethnicity and cultural differences affect aging?
by Aging in Place: Claudette Hollenbeck
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I am fascinated by ethnicity and cultural differences, and have been since the 1980s when I was working as a family therapist and first read Monica Mcgoldrick’s book “Ethnicity and Family Therapy,”...
Family has recovered from great loss
Sep 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
Note: Vera Arciola Gervais and her family lost their Wardsboro home and most of their possessions to the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Irene on August 28, 2011. “Rivers of endless tides have passed...
This Week in History
Aug 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
10 years ago: The Twin Valley Facilities Committee pondered their role as several school issues collided. While facilities committee members continued to seek solutions for providing a school facil...
Logs, lumber, tanks surfed the river
by Reflecting on Irene: Mike Eldred
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On the morning of Sunday, August 28, I woke up and prepared a big Irish breakfast for myself – fortification for the day ahead. Hurricane Irene (we later learned it had been downgraded to Tropical ...
The American eel: a peculiar fish
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The American eel (Anguilla rostrata) is a peculiar fish. First, although eels breathe with gills underwater, they can survive out of water for several hours breathing through their skin. Their migr...
Chocoholic? Think again
by One-Minute Book Reviews: Laura Stevenson
Aug 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
“The Bitter Side of Sweet” by Tara Sullivan G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2016 Like many boys in Mali, 13-year-old Amadou and his 6-year-old brother Seydou left their family’s drought-stricken farm in hope o...