Tom Slayton


Tom Slayton is editor-emeritus of Vermont Life Magazine.

The newly published Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont is a large, beautiful, and important book that documents the 202 species of birds that nest in our state.

It is also a monument to citizen-science – the kind of science you and I do, perhaps without knowing it, when we go out into the countryside and record what we see there.

Hunger Mountain, a 3,500-foot peak in the Worcester Range, is the neighborhood mountain of central Vermont – a challenging climb for hikers, a forested retreat for nature lovers, a home for uncountable numbers of birds, insects and animals.

And recently, for translator and writer David Hinton of Calais, the mountain has been the setting for his explorations of Chinese poetry and philosophy.

If you think of buildings as having personalities, the University of Vermont's Billings Library would be quiet, gnomic, reserved and slightly mysterious. Its ornate brownstone form hunkers down modestly between other more extroverted brick buildings on UVM's College Row, facing west, across the long UVM green. North Country Life.mp3

Photo: Herb Swanson

Every year we invite commentators to write on the same theme and share their essays at a brunch, which we record to feature a sampler of the event later on the air. This year's topic was When Worlds Collide and it got commentator Tom Slayton thinking about politics and change in Vermont.

(Slayton)  Hello. I'm Tom Slayton and my piece is entitled, When Political Worlds Collide. Goddard_102612_Slayton.mp3