Category Archives: Living In Vermont

Reintroduced to Vermont

The 2013 nesting season in Vermont was good for bald eagles according to Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Audubon Vermont. Vermont Digger reports: “From 16 known nests, Vermont’s bald eagles produced 26 fledglings, or offspring that survived to leave …Read More

Vermont Gardens and Vermont Local Food – a winning combination!

Vermont is a winner! Our Green Mountain state tops the lists of best place to raise a kid (“Number one place to raise children in the country is Burlington, Vermont.”, best place to go to college (Kiplinger’s Top 10 …Read More

Happiness is an inside job in Vermont

MSN just produced a report of American happiness – state by state. Vermont scored number 2 in the nation. (Haiwaii always scores number one in such polls because of its prevalence of “Aloha Spirit” and shaka* signing surfers.) These types …Read More

Vermont Summer Spirit: Gin or Vodka?

Vermont summer sometimes cries out for a refreshing tonic…maybe with a little gin or vodka. These summer pleasures are even more pleasurable now that distilleries are cropping up like weeds all over the state. Here in Addison County we have …Read More

Middlebury Area Land Trust and National Trails Day

As Vermonters we show our love for our Green Mountain State in many ways: we relish the outdoors, we flock to summer festivals, we hike, we eat local food, we brag, we share photos, the list goes on and on. But one thing that brings out our greatest sense ofRead More

Run Vermont, Run! Middlebury Maple Run, Vermont City Marathon…

Vermont was ranked the healthiest state in the country in 2012 and 2011 – this is because we like to go outside and play in all seasons. In winter, we ski like banshees, in summer we sail and swim. Spring is the season for marathons – we need to burn off that extra sweet something we put on during maple season when there’s not enough snow to ski and its too muddy to hike.Read More

Mother’s Day and the Mother-In-Law Apartment

Next week we celebrate Mother’s Day. The misanthrope will tell you that Mother’s Day is the invention of the card and flower industry. But history tells a different story.

The earliest celebrations of a mother deity can be found in ancient Egypt during the annual festival honoring the goddess Isis. She was worshiped as the ideal mother and the patron of nature and magic. Mother’s Day in Europe goes back to Mothering Sunday in the 16th Century. On the fourth Sunday in Lent, Christians went back to their ‘mother church’Read More

Bad Weather and Really Good Food in Middlebury

The intense beauty of Vermont seasons cannot be denied, despite today’s winter weather advisory and yesterday’s headline in the Burlington Free Press: “Weather Rapport: Winter to make another comeback in Vermont.” The weather in Burlington is cold and gloomy; the weather on Lake Champlain is cold and gloomy; the weather here in Middlebury is cold and gloomy. Perfect weather for fireplaces, introspection and poetry…

On Spring days like today when the sun seems to be on sabbatical, some of us search for Spring in other places – like on the plate or in the bottle. Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating a week-long binge until the thermometer straightens up, I am merely suggesting a few options for levity.Read More

Looking Ahead to the First Flowers of Spring in Addison County

For Vermont Gardeners, February is a month of flowers. But not the roses you might expect – Valentine’s Day was invented to get us through until the Snowdrops. While everyone is busy trying to memorize Shakespeare’s Sonnet #18 in time …Read More

Black History Month in Vermont

Unless you live here in Vermont, our state’s name does not come up in many conversations about Black History in America. Ours is one the the least diverse states in the country. According to the 2012 Census, Vermont’s population is 95.5% White and only 1.1% Black (the only other populations of any number are Asian at 1.4% and Latino at 1.6%). But this homogeneity was not always the state of our state.

Vermont was the first state to prohibit slavery. As a nascent member of the Union, Vermont abolished slavery outright in its constitution, dated July 8, 1777. Here’s Chapter 1, Article 1:Read More

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