Commentary Series http://digital.vpr.net en Kittredge: Nor' Easter http://digital.vpr.net/post/kittredge-nor-easter <p> When I wasn’t attending camps in New England, the summers of my childhood were spent at the end of Long Island in a small beach house atop a sand bluff. Until the vineyards arrived about 30 years ago, there wasn’t much happening on the North Fork except lush fruit and vegetable farming. The small peninsula called Nassau Point on which my parents’ house stood jutted out into Peconic Bay and was, if you can believe it, pretty remote.<br /> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:51:13 +0000 Susan Cooke Kittredge 30616 at http://digital.vpr.net Nadworny: Good For Business http://digital.vpr.net/post/nadworny-good-business <p> A recent report notes that based on surveys for the Website Thumbtack.com, Vermont has received a failing grade for friendliness to small businesses. And the response to the report has been as predictable as a summer Champ sighting on Lake Champlain.<br /><br />Those who’ve continually made an issue of Vermont’s business climate pointed to the report as validation. According to them, the report is further proof that Vermont ignores the critical needs of business, large and small.<br /> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:30:29 +0000 Rich Nadworny 30615 at http://digital.vpr.net Henningsen: Fatal Attraction http://digital.vpr.net/post/henningsen-fatal-attraction <p>Americans have a fatal attraction for other people’s revolutions. Perhaps because we believe ours was so successful - so right - we see ourselves, too, on the streets and in the squares, challenging oppression in the name of freedom. We’re incurable optimists: all popular risings are like ours and will end as ours did – with the triumph of liberal democracy.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:58:03 +0000 Vic Henningsen 30613 at http://digital.vpr.net Radtke: Tag Sale Treasure http://digital.vpr.net/post/radtke-tag-sale-treasure <p> We’ve entered into the High Holy Days for Tag Sales, Lawn Sales and Garage Sales, which runs right up until Labor Day. Every weekend, our neighbors bedeck their lawns with their unwanted items for us to inspect and take home for a song: exercise equipment, toys and children’s clothes, kitchen ware, and an occasional treasure. (Visitors from other countries always are perplexed, charmed, and delighted by this tradition). Most of us slow down, at least, when we drive by.<br /> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:15:26 +0000 Linda Radtke 30590 at http://digital.vpr.net Averyt: Growing Old-er http://digital.vpr.net/post/averyt-growing-old-er <p>It seems every time I have a medical appointment now, I'm asked if I have trouble with falls, do I live alone and can I afford my medications?<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:09:01 +0000 Anne Averyt 30586 at http://digital.vpr.net Williamson: Douglass in Vermont http://digital.vpr.net/post/williamson-douglass-vermont <p>By the end of the nineteenth century, Frederick Douglass was the most famous black man in America, if not the world. He had escaped from slavery at the age of 20, thrilled audiences across the country with the power of his voice and of his intellect, met with presidents, devoted his life to the movement against slavery – and chronicled all of it in three separate autobiographies.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:45:13 +0000 Jane Williamson 30569 at http://digital.vpr.net Williamson: Douglass in Vermont Spencer Rendahl: The Year Of Why http://digital.vpr.net/post/spencer-rendahl-year-why <p>When my second child turned four last November, I began reliving what I call “The Year of ‘Why?’”<br /><br />“Why is today Tuesday?,” he’ll demand. “Why don’t people play with dinosaurs? Why are ‘bad guys’ mean?”<br /><br />My son’s “Whys” can go on all day if I let them, but often they’ll end with me grabbing, tickling, and teasing him: “Why, why, why?” He’ll giggle – and ask another “why?” More tickles and giggles follow. It’s not the worst way to spend an hour.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:24:03 +0000 Suzanne Spencer Rendahl 30561 at http://digital.vpr.net Doyle: Orphans and Art http://digital.vpr.net/post/doyle-orphans-and-art <p>Everyone loves an orphan. Books and movies are filled with plucky urchins like Little Orphan Annie or the Boxcar Children that carry on, in what Charles Dickens called, the universal struggle. And orphans were Dickens’ specialty. He gave us Oliver Twist, Little Nell, and David Copperfield whose story has one of the great opening lines in literature: “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:52:21 +0000 Ben Doyle 30554 at http://digital.vpr.net Schubart: Consolidation Currency http://digital.vpr.net/post/schubart-consolidation-currency <p>Sixty years ago, our family drove to Burlington two or three times a year. This was before the interstate, car culture, and paved roads wove Vermont together into a rural community. Towns were socially and economically more self-reliant. They had to be. Few townsfolk ventured far afield. But in the intervening years the impacts of communication technology, transportation, and state and global businesses rather than local employers has eroded town boundaries, economies, and social cultures.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:36:34 +0000 Bill Schubart 30546 at http://digital.vpr.net Lange: Hike to Devil's Gulch http://digital.vpr.net/post/lange-hike-devils-gulch <p>In the middle of a July heat wave, some friends and I picked our way through Devils Gulch in the Town of Eden, Vermont. The deer flies were fierce, and there was a fresh moose skeleton lying in the trickle of water flowing through the middle of the gulch.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:20:12 +0000 Willem Lange 30532 at http://digital.vpr.net