Commentary Series en Guyon: College Bound <p> My eldest child is a high school junior and I have officially joined the ranks of parents immersed in - and overwhelmed by—the college search process. My first goal was to simply show my son that anything is possible: the classic “world is your oyster” message.<br /> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:49:56 +0000 Annie Guyon 27348 at Luskin: Will In The 'Ville <p> William Shakespeare was born 450 years ago right about now. His exact birthdate is unknown, but his baptism was recorded on April 26, 1564. Shakespeare left neither letters nor diaries, and only eighteen of his plays were printed during his lifetime. The thirty-six plays that comprise what we consider his complete work were published in The First Folio of 1623, seven years after he died, but this lack of hard data hasn’t hindered a thriving industry in Shakespeare scholarship.<br /> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:04:07 +0000 Deborah Luskin 27302 at Radtke: All Mixed Up <p>I just love hearing the music of unfamiliar languages. On the Megabus to Manhattan recently, my seatmate was singing in Russian to her baby, and behind me two students were chattering away in Japanese. It made me smile, to realize that Vermont is beginning to reap the richness of all the cultures which make up this amazing quilt that is American life.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:03:48 +0000 Linda Radtke 27295 at Slayton: Vermont Buildings <p>People tell stories – and so do buildings. All you have to do is go to other places in this country where proliferating highways, shopping malls and strip development have leached away the distinctiveness to realize how important our historic buildings, villages, and downtowns really are – how much they contribute to Vermont’s unique sense of place, and how much they tell us.<br /> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:49:25 +0000 Tom Slayton 27238 at Schubart: Governmental Integrity <p> Extremes of wealth and poverty have often led to revolution. Our own founding revolution was but one example in the historical continuum.<br /><br />Oxfam has declared without challenge that 85 people own half the world’s wealth. Here at home, the top 10% own 75% of all domestic wealth. But even as concentrations of the world’s wealth are at an historic high this does not necessarily mean revolution is inevitable. Nor does rebalancing wealth solve poverty, because wealth isn’t exactly a zero-sum game.<br /> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:46:39 +0000 Bill Schubart 27237 at Henningsen: Rise Of The Operabots <p>Tod Machover may not yet be a household name, but give him time. A composer, computer scientist, and all-round futurist at MIT’s Media Lab, Machover is the central figure in Opera of the Future, an ambitious effort to, as he puts it, “humanize technology and make technology, especially in music, be an extension of human gesture.”</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:45:42 +0000 Vic Henningsen 27211 at Labun Jordan: Not A Salad <p>We shouldn’t treat our desserts like vegetables – pretty obvious concept when I think about it – but putting it into practice can be difficult. I realized this the other day when I was eating a bland, crumbly cookie from a package that had passed its prime about a week earlier. It wasn’t great, but it was a cookie, and I didn’t see any other cookies around, so it seemed sensible to finish it.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:54:17 +0000 Helen Labun Jordan 26790 at Gilbert: Importance of Libraries <p>The University of Chicago Press recently published a gorgeous book about architecture, with compelling text and spectacular photos. It’s entitled The Library, A World History. It takes us from the ruins of libraries of antiquity through the cloisters of medieval libraries, past the “angels [and] frescoes” of 18th-century Baroque and Rococo libraries, around the iron stacks and gaslights of 19th century libraries, into the “concrete and steel” of 20th century libraries, and finally, through libraries in the emerging “electronic age.”<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:09:03 +0000 Peter Gilbert 26811 at Nadworny: Making Burlington <p> Last month Generator, a new maker space in downtown Burlington, opened its doors to the public. Housed in the basement of the old Memorial Auditorium, it sported a clean, open floor plan, lots of tools for jewelry making and wood working, and some very high tech machines including a 3D printer and a laser cutter.<br /> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:20:13 +0000 Rich Nadworny 27003 at Molnar: Mud Season Joys <p> We moved to Vermont at the end of June six years ago and enjoyed every hour of the sublime summer, followed by a glorious fall and a very long white winter. After that, it was no longer beautiful. It was, in fact, devoid of any hint of loveliness – unless one was a newt whose future was tied to mud.<br /><br />I had heard plenty about Vermont’s infamous mud season. But I had no clear understanding of just how long a drippy day can be, not to mention a week of such days. Nor of what it’s like driving on a dirt road that in mud season demanded skills I didn’t possess.<br /> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:45:44 +0000 Martha Molnar 26955 at