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The last decade of the 18th century was a time of incredible change in the western world. The technological advances of the industrial revolution, the wars and upheaval of the enlightenment and the rise of scientific rationalization had eroded old certainties within the collective consciousness.

In other words, when you question or change all of the old rules of society, technology, politics and religion what are you left with? You’re left with yourself – at least that’s answer the Romantics gave.

Courtesy, Susan Reid

Self-portrait as a Butterfly

By Luna Isham, Age 17, Duxbury

A butterfly breaks into colored diamonds
falling from the sky.
They water the ground below her.

Glen Russell / Burlington Free Press

By the end of 2015, there were 50 breweries in Vermont. Tourists from across the country were making the journey to sample the numerous beers, including some of the best in the world.

Besides the beer tourists, people in the towns where these breweries were popping up, started to gather and just hang out at their town's local craft brewery.

Courtesy of Topaz Weis

Topaz Weis is an expressive arts facilitator with a space called Expressive Arts Burlington. She recently sat down with VPR to talk about her practice and how each of us has creative abilities within.

Awesome Etiquette: Avoiding Movie Spoilers

Feb 5, 2016
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Seeing a movie for the first time can be an exciting experience, especially if the film has great plot twists. How do you talk about the great movie you saw over the weekend without spoiling the plot for people who haven't seen it?

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Houseplants are great for cleaning the air and brightening up a house during the dark winter months. They actually reduce depression and anxiety and help patients heal faster. Two methods for growing more house plants are cutting and air layering.

Courtesy, Brattleboro Concert Choir

Gail Nunziata from Brattleboro suggested the benefit concert for Black Lives Matter and Brattleboro Concert Choir featuring Charles Mays, Jr. called, "Songs Of The Journey" on Sunday, Feb. 7 at the Center Congregational Church in Brattleboro beginning at 3 p.m.

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Composers were not the only ones who shaped the course of music. Sometimes a librarian influences the future in ways that no one could ever imagine. Baron Gottfried van Swieten is a name that isn’t too familiar in the musical world today but his work, energy and encouragement touched a generation of composers.

Autumn Bangoura

This month our student composer showcase features Gracie Bangoura, a sixth grader at Lyman C. Hunt Middle School in Burlington.

Musicians have been sampling other artists' songs for decades. Though some get into hot water when they blur the lines between homage and theft, when pop culture borrows a tune from classical music, it's usually more flattery than fines.

Young Writers Project: The Bird That Dared To Sing

Feb 1, 2016
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The Bird that Dared to Sing

By Katherine Duan

The fluttering of tiny wings

that none were sure they heard –

a little thing perched by the Road –

a little tiny Bird.

This little Bird just cocked her head

and watched with great intent –

the Fraud, the Cheat, the Thief, the Poor,

the Man with Spirit bent.

And as she watched – she saw a Shade –

It flitted past the Men –

a little boy running from

the inevitable Sin.

She wondered at this little one

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Some wild greens are found outside, growing on their own and while others require some cultivation to reach their full potential. Either way, wild greens like arugula or mache make a great addition to any meal. 

Courtesy of Rosalind Saunders

Five years ago, when she couldn't find good theater roles as a young teen, South Burlington senior Noa Saunders founded her own production company, Spotted Pup Productions

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In the winter, fresh salad greens can be hard to come by. 

Candace Page, a contributor to the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press say a new book outlines the surprisingly simple method for growing fresh greens inside.

Awesome Etiquette: What To Do When A Wedding Invite Excludes A Family Member

Jan 29, 2016
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How do you respond to a wedding invite if not everyone in your family is invited to attend?

Michael Chorney

Storyteller  Sue Schmidt recommended fellow storytellers in 'How Much Longer?' at The Twilight Theater at Lyndon State College on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

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The years 1813 to 1816 were a dry period for Beethoven. He was wrestling with his health and with his family.

Corey Hendrickson / Burlington Free Press

Nate and Jessie Rogers had a cow problem. The owners of Rogers Farmstead in Berlin brought the cows onto their farm to help keep the land healthy, but they didn't know what to do with all the milk.

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Witch hazel is a shrub that doesn't need much attention. It grows in full sun or part shade, does best in well-drained soil and has few pests (although deer seem to like eating it occasionally). Consider adding some witch hazel to your landscape with hollies, viburnums and dogwoods to add some color in winter.

Ed Sharron

This month on Outdoor Radio, biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies head out into the woods to track the Fisher. Sometimes called the Fisher Cat, it's not a cat at all. Biologist Steve Faccio, who specializes in Fishers, joins McFarland and Zahendra to dispel some myths about Fishers and offer tips on how to track them.