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Jan. 6, 2021, will forever mark a day of infamy for our nation. It will be remembered because our beloved Capitol building — the very heart of our democracy — was stormed and laid under siege.

As the world reacted in shock to the events unfolding in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, the Vermont Legislature was convening for the 2021–2022 biennium.

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This time of year, and this year especially, I am particularly mindful about Howard Center’s critical role in the community and my gratitude for all who continue to support Howard Center’s work throughout the year.

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In November, I spread year-old compost in my community garden in the Intervale in Burlington. I love the feel of a handful of rich dark compost. I call it “Black Gold.”

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In the fall of 1971 I landed my first teaching job as a 7th grade physical science instructor at Rodney B. Wilson Junior High School in St. Johns, Mich.

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When your kids have kids there’s a creed you repeat devoutly every time you talk to someone whose kids have kids: Grandchildren – there’s nothing like them.

Every Vermonter has the right to thrive and live their life free from violence. Unfortunately, the reality is that too many Vermonters aren’t safe. Each year, thousands of Vermonters experienc…

In the early 1990s, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa, one of the economically poorest nations in the world. In the small village in the Manding Mountains where I worked there…

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It happens every year at this time, we all start watching the holiday specials and top on our list is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” For those of you who haven’t seen it, spoiler alert, it’s abo…

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Dec. 15 marks a hidden holiday, as uncelebrated as it is unappreciated. It was 229 years ago today that the United States ratified the Bill of Rights, ensuring unprecedented freedom for the pe…

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The Tax Commissioner’s projection of a 9 percent increase in property taxes last week was predictably a shock, considering the economic climate we are currently in.

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It was a 12-foot table. A slab of wood my husband saved from his mother’s ancestral home. Its former life was a library table which only made me wonder how massive was that library?

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A couple of weeks ago my son Theo had trouble falling asleep so he and I did a mindfulness activity on gratitude. He was grateful for being at school four days a week.

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The Lewis Creek Association and the town of Hinesburg have partnered to plan for improvements in water quality in the area that drains Lyman Meadows, Hart & Mead, Lantman’s, Russell Farm a…

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The other day my mother asked if I could help clean out her basement.

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