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Special Feature

An American in Cornwall




Carmela Wilkins, 19, completed a foundation course in art and design at Falmouth University in May and will return to do an undergrad degree in the UK. She is from Rhode Island, US. Photos in this essay are all from Falmouth Cornwall.


Why the UK?

I got bored with my surroundings after high school. Rhode Island’s a big place, but I was too used to it. The UK has always appealed to me because of the culture. People communicate differently from Americans.

One main difference is sarcasm, which I found funny at first because I wouldn’t catch on. I’d have to ask “are you being sarcastic, or not?” and it took about four months before I was able to be cheeky in my comebacks.


What was the best thing about studying in the UK?

It’s between two things – the environment and the people. Before leaving for the UK for the first time, I wrote down my expectations of what it would be like, and how it would look. I thought England would have big grassy plains with wide open skies and farm animals. But it was completely different. I started going on road trips and really seeing England – the environment exceeded my expectations. And the people – the friends I made at Falmouth and outside of university. I’m still friends with them now and I plan on staying friends with them, they’re amazing.


What are the biggest differences between US and UK student culture?

I’ve heard from my UK friends in the States and my American friends in England that nights out are different because of the laws around drinking ages [in the US it’s legal at 21, in the UK, 18]. At the same time, teenagers being teenagers, we don’t let regulations stop us from doing things.


How did British students act around you?

I stuck out like a sore thumb in my first week – not only had I dyed my hair white, but I was also the only American on my course. People would say: “Have you been to all the 50 states?” And I’d say: “No, America is really large.” People were always intrigued by the culture.


Have you experienced any hostility because you’re American?

Not really. My friends would take the piss every now and then and point out when I said things like “pants” instead of “trousers”, or “jelly” rather than “jam”. They’d say: “No Carmela, you’re in England.”

But now that I’m in the States, it’s reversed. I’ve said to my sister: “You should go and put some trousers on.”

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Weekly Feature

In Conversation with Eugene Uman



Phil: Good acoustics in this room according to this recorder.


Eugene: This room is built for sound. We can get 150 people in here pretty comfortably, over 200 if they’re squeezed in.  The size of the space is about 2,000 square feet, it’s a great room. We put up behind the curtains there, carpeting, behind these and those wall hangings, and the stage also has heavy carpeting, and what we’ve done is reduce the liveness of the room until it sounds really good, to just the right amount so that things sound live but not overbearingly so.


Phil: How long have you been in this space?


Eugene: About 14 years.


Phil: And the space is at Cotton Mill Hill, with huge old wooden floors and high ceilings in a brick building which used to be a … [laughter]


Eugene: Right, a cotton mill, then the Dunham’s shoe factory, and some of these markings on the floor come from old machinery. This building has seen a lot of action. I remember when my wife and I were looking for space for the Vermont Jazz Center, we looked at a lot of spaces around town, and were thinking of buying a house, building an extension to it, and then we found this space. It was smaller at first, but we thought, this is it! One of those spaces that you walk in and you know it’s right. Very high ceilings, good sound quality, aesthetically pleasing.


Phil: When you say you were looking for a place does that mean you were moving here and looking for a place to start up?


Eugene: The thing is that Attila Zoller started this place, a magnificent guitarist from Hungary, and he started it 36 years ago. This place(the jazz center) has a venerable history; Zoller is a very famous person in the world of jazz. He had a place up in Newfane but most of his time was spent in Queens, New York City, where he had an apartment.  He was originally from Hungary and fled, on foot to Austria in 1948 after the Russian occupation.  He kicked around Europe for a while and then he moved to the United States in 1959 due to invitations from Lee Konitz and Oscar Pettiford, and partly to play with Benny Goodman…


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Publisher’s Challenge

Challenge #6




Publisher’s Challenge


Respond to the current challenge by sending your contribution to the publisher here


Selected responses will appear in this column.


Challenge #6

Oct 15, 2014


Hemingway as editor


Apart from some informal work for F. Scott, Ernest avoided editing, except of his own material where he was famous for extirpating adjectives. ‘Wipe them out,’ he thundered.


This challenge is to find and forward a piece of your own writing, between 100 and 400 words all adjectives eliminated.

Can be prose or poetry.



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Guest Article


Gov. Shumlin's remarks, City Hall Park, Burlington, Nov. 5.

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Hey, thank you all so much for joining us here in Burlington and I’m grateful for your being here. And as you know, we’ve just had a spirited race for governor and I’m extraordinarily grateful to the six other candidates who put their name forward, who ran a thoughtful and very good campaign. And I want to thank them for running. Democracy doesn’t work without spirited candidates who carry forth and make a difference, so I’m grateful to all six of them for the race that they ran.

I’ve told you many times that serving as governor has been the greatest privilege of my life. I’m incredibly honored by the opportunity to continue to serve the state that I love. I’m extraordinarily fortunate to serve as Vermont’s governor and fortunate to serve for another two years.

Vermonters sent a message last night and I heard it. I heard it loud and clear. We have faced our share of setbacks in the past couple of years, and I know that people are disappointed in how I’ve handled some issues. I recognize that I have work to do to regain the confidence of many Vermonters.

In the coming weeks and months, I will work with my team as well as legislators from all political parties to assess our upcoming legislative agenda to ensure that it reflects the will of Vermont voters.

I’m personally humbled by last night’s results and I’m also proud that we won. I’m disappointed that I didn’t receive a wider margin, but I’m grateful that we received the most votes cast. I’m also proud of the fact that we ran a positive campaign that focused on the issues.

In the next few years, we’re going to face more difficult challenges. Above all, we need to continue to grow jobs and incomes for Vermonters. We all know that the two biggest obstacles to prosperity are rising property taxes and rising health care costs that rise faster than our incomes. We need to stem the growth of property taxes and continue to push for affordable, quality accessible health care for all Vermonters.

I will not shy away from the challenges that we face. I can’t promise Vermonters that I’ll be perfect or that we’ll agree on every decision that I make, but I can promise that I’ll work hard and never lose sight of why I am so fortunate to serve as governor. Today we move forward determined to redouble our efforts to do right by all Vermonters.

Thank you so much.


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Non Profit of the Month

Turning Point


People passing through downtown Brattleboro the last few months have been captivated by the bustle of construction activity and excavation at the corner of Elm and Flat streets. The Turning Point recovery center is restoring the 39 Elm Street property, severely damaged in Tropical Storm Irene, to use as our new permanent facility for serving our local recovery community. This restored and renovated building will give us a downtown home again, we hope before the year is out. This relocation brings us back closer to the community of people we serve. We love the idea that this building will experience a renaissance of its own while center guests enjoy their own personal recoveries from addictions. Our new home also brings us full circle, back to Elm Street where our story began more than seven years ago.


Our volunteer-led center has served this community since late 2006 as one of eleven linked yet independent recovery centers in Vermont, affiliated through the Vermont Recovery Network. Some guests go through treatment programs, and some have histories with the correctional system due to their addictions. Others find recovery through 12-step and other supportive, spiritual programs. Last year, guests made about 7,690 visits to our Center. About 6,550 were drop-in guests seeking peer support or a sober environment; about 1,140 attended 12-step and other mutual support groups. Attendance in programming has steadily increased as we have added services, although our visits dropped significantly after leaving our downtown location.


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Vermont Diary


Faster than a speeding bicycle



Let’s look at costs and time of the new, improved Amtrak service from Brattleboro to New York City, after the $75million investment, then similar services elsewhere:


London to Manchester, England is 199.9 miles, 2hrs 30. About $50bucks


Paris to Lyon in the south of France takes 2 hours 15 mins by bullet train and is 288 miles, $125bucks


London to Paris is 213 miles [as the crow flies] 2hrs 15mins and costs $68bucks


Brattleboro to New York City is 199.7 miles. And takes 5hrs 51minutes and costs $57 to $89bucks by Amtrak. This is after the recent $75million renovation.


London to Paris train which goes under the English Channel averages 94 miles per hour. The Paris to Lyon ‘bullet’ train averages 128 miles per hour. The non-bullet Virgin London to Manchester trains averages 80 miles per hour on tracks over 150 years old.  In 1927 the Model T Ford could go 45 miles per hour. Average speed of the Vermonter is 33 miles per hour.


Average speed of the Tour de France bicycle race is 25 miles per hour, but that includes mountain climbs in the Pyrenees and the Alps. On the flat the racers can maintain a consistent speed of about 30 miles per hour.


The highest speed officially recorded for any human-powered vehicle (HPV) on level ground and with calm winds and without external aids (such as motor pacing and wind-blocks) is 133.78 km/h (83.13 mph) set in 2013 by Sebastiaan Bowier in the VeloX3, a streamlined recumbent bicycle. In the 1989 Race Across America, a group of HPVs crossed the United States in just 5 days. The highest speed officially recorded for a bicycle ridden in a conventional upright position under fully faired conditions was 82.52 km/h (51.28 mph) over 200m. That record was set in 1986 by Jim Glover on a Moulton AM7 at the 3rd international HPV scientific symposium at Vancouver.


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Monthly Feature


William Hays, print maker


A visit with William Hays in his studio in Brattleboro. To accompany this article the current print he is working on now appears in a 7 stage slide show at Studio 3, click the link and press ‘play slideshow’.


I had previously interviewed the subject for an hour on January 21, 2011 almost exactly 3 years ago. Readers might like to read the transcript here. Then we progressed from art to the universe and all that.


This time we conspired to be more disciplined and attempt to illustrate a print in progress and something of the nature of the art.


Where better to start than with the inks themselves? An immediate question I had was if the materials the artist used were generally the same as had Gutenberg (c. 1395 – February 3, 1468)? And they were. Stand oil, I discovered, is a base for the ink made from linseed oil thickened by heating in an oxygen deprived chamber, and linseed comes from flax and is a good drying oil for a process known as polymerizing.

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Selected Letters

Pete Seeger Tribute


Offie Wortham

Sep 25, 2014


I first met Pete Seeger when I moved to Beacon, NY in 1999. On the first Friday of every month he held a meeting at his Sloop Club in Beacon. The Sloop Club was an offshoot of the Clearwater, which Pete had formed to clean up the pollution in the Hudson River. I made up my mind to meet Pete, and within a year I was the treasurer of the Sloop Club and even lived with my family in Pete’s original small house right next to his home at the top of a private mountain.

I enjoyed accompanying him on the train, or driving him to visits to his doctor in Manhattan or to visit friends. It was amazing to see the crowds of people that gravitated to him in Grand Central Station, or walking down the street wherever we went.

Pete was so humble and kind to everyone he met, inviting some of us to Thanksgiving Dinner with his family. Mickey and I spent weekends with Pete and Toshie and their daughter Tinya. The guest room was on the top floor of the barn that Pete had built himself. It was crowded with boxes of letters, instruments, awards and photographs which were eventually heading to the Smithsonian. There were instructions written on the walls of the bathroom in magic marker on how to flush the toilet and turn on the shower. Mickey was horrified when Pete showed us to the small room, and then expected us to sit down and sing with him. He introduced us to a new song, “God’s counting on You”, and the three of us sang the 8 verses together for the next hour. 

It is still difficult to comprehend that Pete and Toshie are no longer physically with us. Their partnership, their vision for a just and clean planet, and his music and her drive, affected the world for the better, and we will never forget them.


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Monkey’s Cloak

On Buzzed Bugs:


Lloyd Graf


  A glimpse at highs and lows of the arthropodal caffeine experience




Worker bees, dosed with caffeine,

Become high-powered lean and mean         

Pollen gathering machines,

So diligent that non-drugged workers

Are soon (unfairly) pegged as shirkers. 


Buzzed spiders, on the other hand,

Perform in manner less than grand.

With manic haste they silk extrude,

But webs thus spun are gapped and crude.

Their caffeine- flawed geometry

Lets flies break loose and gnats fly free.


Since its dawn, society

Has marched to coffee and/or tea*.

Does caffeine-stoked humanity

Perform like spiders or like bees? 


*Or, lately, 5-Hour Energy



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Column Untitled Work


True Story with Metaphor

Mac Gander

Oct 26, 2014


This is a true story. I came home late afternoon Friday after a brutal week—mid-term grades, 60 papers to read and answer, students in crisis—wanting nothing more than a nap and a bowl of pasta before bed. My small new dog, Sammy, part cattle dog and part blue-tick hound, was clamoring for a run but I had no energy for it. Then my daughter came home with a friend, and they were going to take a run so I suggested they take the dogs with them. They did.


I have two dogs. Seamus is big, old, with the thickest fur—a northern dog. Sammy is not yet two, and he is still learning how to be a good dog, though I know he will get there. Running with the two of them is a challenge, since Seamus, who can go off leash in the woods, lags behind, while Sammy runs ahead and would run to Burlington, I think, if we let him off the leash. When the girls came back from their run it was getting dark, and Seamus was not with them. They had forgotten to look behind to make sure he was keeping up.


I sent them back out to walk the loop in the woods where they had run, and then my wife and I headed out as well, splitting up on two different paths where they forked. I felt a sense of crisis. Seamus is a dog with very deep emotional intelligence, but he is not very smart, even for a dog—the kind of dog who is always knocking things over and then apologizing—and we never have let him roam on his own for fear he would be lost.


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Column 4our

Writers: Charles Monette, Laura Momaney, Matti Salminen, Nanci Bern

Explorative Mind

Matti Salminen

Nov 21, 2014

                                                                 

Finding meaningful work is a goal among the very most important, which we, as adults in this society can attain.  For some, the wages they earn might be of greater importance.  And for others finding love or having a family might trump all.  There are certainly areas in between each of these which allow for compromises that result in a better sum of all the parts.   College is an exceptionally profound way to reach towards your goals, and for some, attain greatness.  Many people find, while they are in college, all the things necessary to live a rewarding and inspired life.


What I want in writing a column on self-directed learning isn’t to demean college.  Rather, I would like to allow my successes in self-education to influence others to look at their life paths as valuable resources.  Our lives, if cultivated properly, will allow for exploration which will benefit our entire essence as people.  Work I do allows me to directly draw from my life experience with a chronic mental disorder known as schizophrenia.  I help others walk a path towards life enrichment.  Not all my clients are diagnosed with mental illnesses as I have been.  They are all, however, people who have been—or would be—homeless if not for our agency.


For so long, my value judgments did not allow me to see my life experiences as serving to give me credibility.  The work I had was, at best, menial; at its worst, it was hard to stomach.  I once had a job cleaning port-o-potties…seriously.  Life can, and often will, serve to enrich us as human beings.  Self-directed learning has been for me a catalyst for growth and change.  All that I’ve learned from reading books has not enriched my life as much—as has—the act of taking time to sit down and read.


From many perspectives, and through many turns, people can find tools which will be useful for loving life.  Awakening ourselves to the bounty that can be the lives we lead is hard work. Fortunately, we have time enough, on this earth, to realize dreams, and possibly gain enlightenment.  However, we are often too blinded by the creed of our materialistic society to see how dream like our current lives can be.  I believe that self-directed learning, can overtime, allow us to open our minds to what our souls wish to speak.  Our lives can become a reflection of the newness of our ideas, and of the quality of our insights.


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Pilgrimage — Part 1:

Len Emery

Sep 1, 2014

                                                                        


I have lived adjacent to or very near the Atlantic Ocean and its estuaries most of my life. I have been fortunate enough to be able to spend some of that life enjoying the bounty and occasionally the fury of that ocean. Throughout those years I've been able to photograph and more often simply watch the ocean and lately have been able to travel back to the ocean from my home in southeastern Vermont. This series of short essays each with an accompanying photo I hope will give some insight into my enjoyment and respect for the ocean, its moods, its bounty and the men and women that live nearby. I have taken my short working vacations in Machias Maine for the last two years and have made it my base of operations. I chose Machias for its central location and close proximity to the various fishing villages along this vast and sparsely populated coast. I have been privileged to talk with and photograph the fishermen of this region.



I begin this adventure with a short drive along US Rt. 1 then join Maine Rt. 187 in Jonesboro for my short ride to the harbor of Jonesport but first a definition:


"reach (oceanic): An arm of the sea extending up into the land"



As you turn off US 1 and onto Rt. 187 the narrow road begins its slow decent toward the ocean. The day is gray and sullen not at all a vacation day as one would like it to be. Through low rolling hills, scrub pine and birches and vast fields of wild blueberries the road winds along. Occasionally there is a small settlement, not quite a town not quite a village but a settlement. As you pass through each settlement there are large stacks of small cages of wire mesh and netting, boats of all sizes in various states of repair and brightly colored Styro-foam floats with numbers painted on them skewered on wooden pikes. And still the road descends toward the sea with brief glimpses of Englishman Bay and an occasional rain shower.


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Column Articulate

Leadership

Kate Anderson

Jul 15, 2014

      

I tend to think leadership asks us to be willing (though it's not prescribed) to also take on the fool's role.  By that I mean Hamlet as fool.   Push, confront, place it out there, demand evidence of some good grappling with the grand what ifs.   Failure?  Yes, and of course, to be expected. 


Let things be muddied and watch the joy and vigor by which they sort themselves.  

An arts district.  A name is a rose,  is a rose.  It is wise to call the question, is it important, useful, good to designate such such, that which is.  Are we to petition the State for formal designation of an Arts District, a Cultural District?  Brattleboro is that already.  And an arts campus, and a de facto arts colony.   Or, it can be that we are no more an arts town than a sports town or a retail haven.


What  does matter is for us to see how we function.  Take  the engine apart.  Look at all the pieces. Tinker.   How do they work with one another.  Oops ?? Did we just innovate to another compound?   Ah yes, and now we have Worpsewede, Bloomsbury.   And we can call on a fertile fertile field.   And we might name it, too. It doesn't matter.  The field yields its own harvest


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Column Open Mind

The Absurdity of “The One-Drop Rule”

Offie Wortham

Nov 15, 2014





Pie chart of my 7th grandchild, Sidney Ray Girard


The individual above will be called an African American, or Black, by many people in America. Why is this the case? Because of the One-Drop Rule!


This paper is calling for a national discussion on how to remove the practice of utilizing the racist One-Drop Rule to identify individuals or groups as Negroes, Blacks or African Americans. As difficult and challenging as it may be, it is time to become rational and logical and stop labeling individuals and entire populations with classifications and so-called “races” that are meaningless and at times ludicrous.


The One-Drop Rule is an historical, colloquial term in the United States that holds that a person with any trace of sub-Saharan ancestry, however small or invisible, cannot be considered White,  and unless said person has an alternative non-White ancestry they can claim, such as Native American, Asian, Arab, Australian aboriginal, they must be considered Black.


The Rule is an antiquated example of hypodescent, the automatic assignment of children of a mixed union between different socioeconomic or ethnic groups to the group with the lower status. Only by recognizing and changing instituted discrimination like the one-drop rule can we eventually live in the America so many of us have worked for during the past 50 years. We've got to start looking at this subject logically, and get rid of the old racial mythologies that have been holding our country back for so long. The legal notion of hypodescent has been upheld as recently as 1985, when a Louisiana court ruled that a woman with a black great-great-great-great-grandmother could not identify herself as “white” on her passport.


At first, the main purpose of the one-drop rule was to prevent interracial relationships, and thus keep Whites "pure." It was believed that the blood of Black people, or of other races than White, was “tainted.” It was also a way for slave owners to maintain ownership over descendents of former slaves. 


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Beyond the Horizon

Tasneem Tawfeek

Nov 17, 2014


Gazing outdoors from the inside of my home, under the comfort of my own covers, I often find myself pondering about the very issues that trouble me when it comes to the environment. The colors and views before me that accompany every season and every time of day- whether dawn, noon, or dusk, seem to speak volumes to me and I continue to wonder on the surrounding nature whose primary purpose is to soothe and comfort. I continue to speculate, I continue to question, I continue to wonder, and as I often stare upon the horizon especially as the sun sets, I continue to reflect beyond it. I continue to marvel at the spectrum of colors that our horizon lends to us at any moment of time and it seems that if we ask questions beyond our own horizon and attempt to see past the obvious limits before us, we will continue to realize that our environment needs more attention and raising awareness is the most crucial step in acquiring this attention. It seems that the horizon of our atmosphere serves as yet another focal point for concern and we can continue to remain voiceless or we can look beyond for solutions that will ultimately lead to a healthier planet, a healthier home, and a healthier horizon for us all.



Just recently, I began to better understand the issue of our ozone layer and the impact that ozone depletion has on the future scope of our planet. However, what exactly is the ozone layer and how does ozone depletion affect us? For starters, ozone depletion just happens to be one of the most troubling worldwide environmental problems. We may know the basics- that the Earth's atmosphere is divided into several layers, with each one serving an important role. The troposphere is where human activities take place such as flying small aircrafts or flying in hot air balloons. The next layer is called the stratosphere and it is in this layer in which the ozone layer of our Earth is found. The job of the ozone layer is to protect our planet from the dangerous UV rays of the sun. If not protected, the Earth could face some disastrous effects. Unfortunately, our current issue with the ozone layer is that it is slowly being depleted, being worn out, as a result of human actions, particularly as a result of substances being manufactured by certain industries.


These industries often use chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFC's) in manufacturing items like solvents or even soaps. Over time, CFC's are carried into the stratosphere by wind and this is when ozone depletion takes place. The CFC's are broken down by the sun's UV rays which ultimately causes chlorine atoms to be released into the ozone. The chlorine atoms then react with the ozone, causing a chemical cycle to occur that basically destroys the good ozone needed to protect our Earth. Once depleted, there is not much that can be done to replenish the ozone layer, although the ozone layer may slowly recover on its own. As long as we decrease the amount of CFC's and other harmful chemicals being released into the ozone, we can be confident we are only improving our conditions on Earth.


This is because exposure to these chemicals actually causes large amounts of ultraviolet rays to reach Earth, often resulting in skin cancer and even cataracts in human beings. Not only this, plants are also negatively affected by the depletion of the ozone layer. As a result of the exposure to the UV rays, plants will not be able to form correctly, will lack certain nutrients needed for their growth development, and some may even have a shorter life span.



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The Courage to Create

Toni Ortner

Sep 25, 2014

                                                                        

Avid readers find themselves drawn to a book even though they are not familiar with the writer’s work or subject matter. Oddly enough, insights gleaned from that book relate precisely to the reader’s current circumstance and or/ questions. The brain works by physical connections. Memory works by connection.  People work by connection too. We are not isolated from others. Writers, painters, biologists, physicists arrive at similar theories although they have no connection with one another’s work and reside at opposite sides of the earth. We are all moving to a higher level of consciousness and if a piece of new information facilitates that process, it is vital to convey it to others even if they do not wish to hear it or accept it.


Dr.Rollo May, the famous psychoanalyst, in his book titled The Courage to Create points out that innovative creative thinkers have always been a threat to established society because the new ideas they champion destroy the structure and conventions of the established society. Picasso is quoted as having said that” to create means first to destroy.” We cannot forget those who have been crucified for ideas that challenged the norms of their times. The list is endless.  Although the individual is burnt at the stake or crucified, the idea he/she proposed, the vision remains intact and blooms like a flower over centuries.  Apes do not have a Jesus Christ or Joan of Arc.


Dr.Rollo May was fascinated with the creative process and the work produced through the fusion of the conscious and unconscious. He speaks of the “heightened consciousness” experienced when one is immersed in the act of creation: the feeling of floating suspended in time, the lack of appetite, the increase of heartbeat, the intense concentration, the sheer joy as if one were flying; indeed, one is released temporarily from our conception of time and space that Einstein regarded as illusion or our way of coping with our short life span by dividing time into past, present, and future. We cannot travel at the speed of light while here in our bodies on earth, but the artist and writer in the act of creation feels he/ she moves at the speed of light. Everything that has been muddied or dim is suddenly clarified and abnormally vivid: long buried memoires surface as if they are occurring now. Ideas that seemed vastly different form solid rational connections.


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Column in between

“When you are in Tune with the Unknown, the Known is peaceful.”

Julia Ferrari

Nov 9, 2014


This summer I awakened one morning to 18 inches of standing water in my basement. From the end of June (26th) to early July we had so much rain in this part of New England that the ground was saturated and the beaver pond and brook above here breeched their banks and overflowed. Getting 5 inches of rain per hour was a tipping point for nature vs. domicile and nature won. This kind of flooding (a result of what I call global storming) hasn’t happened in this village, for over 20 years and I don’t think it has ever filled the basement so thoroughly.


As I waded through the floating debris, I could not help but think about the metaphor of inundation and how it relates to loss and change … the known and the unknown.


Life brings us things … opportunities, new beginnings, new friendships, and it also takes them away. How many times have we shied away from change because of the discomfort sometimes involved in something new? Making changes breaks apart the crystallized somewhat stuck state that we all fall into from time to time. We like things the way they are, yet nothing remains the same, life and seasons change. We let go of summer begrudgingly but the autumn approaches with a beauty all its own.


I contemplate the metaphor of seasonal change when I face the loss of a loved one, believing that their energy continues somehow and goes on. Scientifically we know that energy never stops, it only transforms into something else. This loss, this void in our lives has a dual nature. We are both aware of the memories as a substantive real essence, and we take that essence with us into our own futures. We contain that love in our own being, and hopefully are inspired to continue stronger. The unknown stretches out ahead on this new path and although it remains an unknown, if we can get in tune with it by remaining open to what will come next, we can find comfort being where we are now.


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Column Beer & Bangers

On the Road: A Visit to J.D McCliment’s Pub and MacLaomainn's Scottish Pub

Terri Kneipp

Jun 30, 2014


The Beer & Bangers crew has been adventurous venturing far from their usual confines of the Big B into such foreign territory as Putney and Chester, VT.  The crew chooses locations based on the possibilities of either a good selection of brews and grub from past personal experience, word of mouth or sheer luck of stumbling upon an establishment. Not all who participate enjoy beer, so other beverages are explored including wine, cocktails and good ole ice tea being a connoisseur of the latter myself still learning the finer nuances of the heartier brews.


J.D. McCliment’s Pub (http://www.jdmcclimentspub.com/) in Putney is well established with a steady stream of customers, both local and visitors. Along with a casual, indoor dining area with a pool table upstairs, weather permitting there is an inviting outdoor deck. The beer selection was minimal with mostly bottled domestic beers with a Shale being one exception which was excellent. Ice tea was freshly brewed and decent, nothing exciting but fine. Now, the meat of the meal, so to speak, received mixed reviews. The Turkey Burger was thought good with the Ruben being perfectly acceptable. After that there was debate, one member thought the Fish and Chips fine, while one indicated the fish was over cooked. The Bratwurst was passable, but would not be had again with the Corned Beef being too salty. Overall the atmosphere was pleasant with adequate service, albeit slow which seems to be the rule in local pubs rather than the exception. The crew agreed they might to go back to enjoy an evening outside with lively conversation and a beverage of choice where food wasn’t the focus but accessible. It was noted that an authentic Scottish pub it was not; for that, one need only head to Chester.


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The Value of a Short Lived Amnesia

Jeri Rose

Oct 13, 2014


          The first time it happened I had traveled to Florida with my parents when I was ten. We had checked into a hotel and gone to sleep. My parents had a bed, but I had a cot against the wall. I had never slept in a cot before, and I was surprised to have to share a room with my parents. When I woke the next morning, my face was to the wall and everything was totally unfamiliar, so much so that I had no idea of where I was and had no idea of how I had gotten there. I lay there with a perfect amnesia wondering where I was and therefore who I was. I knew that I had been beaten or at least that I recalled, but was that all a dream disconnected from this reality that I was now in where I did not know how I had gotten there nor where I was? What was this life I had awakened to? I was completely confused until I looked out the window and saw the palm trees and then it all fell into place that I had traveled to this place in Florida from New York and the terror of my familial abuse was real and who I was no longer a fiction in a new unknown place.


          Tonight it happened again. I woke unable to think where I was. Specifically, I could not remember where the water I used came from. I knew that the last place I lived had a spring that we collected water from and put into large tanks which gravity fed to our home. I knew I was no longer there, but where was I now? I spent several minutes still partially asleep with closed eyes trying to think not where I was, but how water now came to us, and I could not dredge up the means of receiving this most precious resource. I ran the past method over and over in my head trying to think what the new mechanism for water delivery was. The miasm of confusion left when I woke enough to realize where I now live. Reality restored was a major relief.


          I cannot say that same relief occurred in the Florida situation. For a few moments, while I did not know who I was, the possibility that all the impossible insanity of having parents who beat me had been some dream from a nightmare meant that I was living an entirely different life. Being in a cot, meant that this life was poorer, as I was no longer in my lovely bed. I had been dreaming of some princess life where I was tortured. Now I was in a tawdry surrounding devoid of that palpable horror. When I got the connection of where I was and how I had gotten there, I knew my parents and their rage were real and not something I had concocted in a dream world. This was not a relief.


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Column Chess

Barbie, Sexism, Chess & Engineering

Phil Innes

Nov 19, 2014



“The latest affront to basic decency in gendered toy marketing comes from a Barbie book that tells girls they can't be game developers or programmers.nThe book is bafflingly called Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer. It was written by Susan Marenco and published by Random House. Despite its encouraging title, Marenco's book actually tells preteen girls that Barbie can only contribute to the design of the game she's building.” — says The Daily Dot


On FaceBook one guy, let’s call him Brian, doesn’t get it:


“This article is a bit of an overreaction... Who do all the white male level designers blame for holding them back? What if they're heterosexual too? Like me. I am a game level designer and junior environment artist. I need someone else to code for me. So now Barbie can't have guy friends with skills because that would be sexist to have capable guys in her stories? Maybe they should all be absentee fathers and fraternity date-rape d-bag stereotypes? There is NOTHING in that book that says she can ONLY be an artist. Or if there is, they didn't quote it. So am I supposed to feel like a failure now since it's insulting for a woman to be one? Gee thanks for letting me know what the world thinks about game level designers. The women playing in those areas have the same opportunities as boys. But the boys are more competitive by nature so they put more effort into getting better on average so there is a false sense of inequality.”


I think the point Brian misses is that the programmers are, or are all assumed to be, males, whereas females have pink computers and are represented as just designers.  In the book itself Barbie bitches to a friend, ‘just because I have a pink computer, doesn’t mean I am not a feminist.’ And this is true, as the two female authorss with advanced degrees know.


Brian then cites Judit Polgar, strongest woman chess player ever and ruins his case, saying “’She is a legend. Because she put in the extra effort. Other women who aren't at that level aren't there because they don't put in the effort.”


Burt the truth is that Grandmaster Judit Polgar and her two chess playing sisters were home-schooled in Hungary by a father who didn’t let the very open and hostile misogynistic factors of his culture dominate his children.


All 3 Polgar sisters were /removed/ from public mores and expectations, and home schooled because of the wide-spread misogyny in Hungarian society. This seems to be what Susan Polgar has written. She tells a good joke about growing up and playing chess and attitudes at the time, that 'she had never beat a healthy man.'


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Column Energetics  US and World Energy News

George Harvey   

¶ who is stopping us?


September 24 Energy News


Opinion:

¶   “300,000-Plus People March for Climate Action, In Pictures” The Sunday morning rush hour is not usually known for packing people into subway cars like sardines. But September 21, 2014 was not your average Sunday commute as hundreds of thousands showed up for the People’s Climate March. [Scientific American]


¶   “A strong economy depends on climate action” When we act on climate, we seize an opportunity to retool and resurge with new technologies, new industries and new jobs. We owe it to our kids not just to act, but to lead. When we do, we’ll leave them a cleaner, safer and opportunity-rich world for generations to come. [The Hill]


¶   “Climate action – who is stopping us?” Fossil fuel industries are the only obstacle to a safe future and a stable climate, says Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo. But even the rich in industrialized countries know that they can’t hide from devastating climate change in their gated communities. [eco-business.com]


Science and Technology:

¶   Growing use of natural gas fails to benefit the environment because it slows the spread of renewable energy sources, according to a study released today. While natural gas releases less carbon dioxide than coal when burned to produce electricity, it hampers growth of cleaner energy such as wind and solar. [Mynextfone]


World:

¶   The Ernst & Young Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index ranks 40 markets worldwide on the attractiveness of their renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities. China is in first place, ahead of the US. Political uncertainty in the UK and Australia have dropped them in the rankings. [CleanTechnica]


¶   Mexico is facing an energy problem. A growing population and an expanding middle class are driving energy demand to increase 4% per year.  Mexico has a 60 GW energy demand, but that number will expand to 110 GW by 2024. And they want to solve this dreary problem with renewables. [Energy Collective]


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Column O Citoyen!


About Fairpoint — A Letter

Robert Oeser

Oct 30, 2014




President Lawrence Schloss

Angelo, Gordon & Co


It is my understanding that Angelo, Gordon & Co., has a sizable interest in Fairpoint Communications and as such can bring some pressure to bear to ensure that the company resumes good faith bargaining with the IBEW represented workers.  I urge you to encourage this line of action. 


As someone who has benefited from having been able to retire with a pension, I now volunteer several days a week at a soup kitchen located in close proximity to where the IBEW workers are picketing in Brattleboro, VT.  From speaking with them, I can tell you that the company needs some new direction, to revitalize both its employee relations as well as its customer relations. If those relationships are mended, other benefits will follow. If the emphasis is only on the bottom line, all relationships will be negatively impacted. 


A story related today is instructive: reportedly, a Fairpoint manager turned away a contract employee from a worksite upon finding the contractor unqualified. Another subcontractor showed up at the jobsite with bald tires. Need I say that snow is expected this weekend?


The IBEW workers relate that they have had to become proficient in work-a-rounds in order to make less than optimal equipment function. 


The way forward is clear: respect for the workers, respect for the bargaining process, a decent wage, the hope of retirement and the desire to do right by customers. 


Can you help get that message heard?


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Protest Rally at Brattleboro TD Bank


Tim Stevenson

Nov 16, 2014

  

Area citizens concerned about climate change and TD Bank’s significant investment in the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as the State of Vermont’s financial involvement with TD, will gather outside the Main Street, Brattleboro branch at 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM on Friday, November 21 for a peaceful protest rally.

 

The event is sponsored by the Climate Change Café project of Post Oil Solutions.

 

Participants are encouraged to dress warmly, and bring their own signs, stating their sentiments. We will have banners that read, “TD Investing in Climate Disaster,”. and “Stop Keystone XL.”  This is an educational event, one designed to raise peoples’ awareness around this very important climate issue. We will pass out flyers to and engage in conversations with interested parties, but will otherwise not create any disturbance.

 

BACKGROUND:

Tar Sands & the Keystone XL

Tar sands oil is extracted, processed and transported in a more environmentally destructive way than any other petroleum.

Greenhouse gas emissions in the process of getting oil out of tar sands are 81% greater than for average crude refined in the U.S.

The emissions from this one source would increase global average temperature by an additional 50%over the rise since 1880, which according to James Hansen, the former chief climate scientist at NASA, will be “game over for the climate.”

The Keystone XL would transport tar sands across the American heartland to be refined at the Gulf Coast and then shipped overseas. Not only would it not contribute to U.S. energy independence, it would create only 35-50 permanent jobs.

    2.  TD Bank, the Keystone XL & Tar Sands   

TD Bank Group (TD) is a giant global network of financial institutions owned by  by Toronto-Dominion Bank The conglomerate includes TD Asset Management and TD Bank, one of the ten largest banks in the U.S.

TD Asset Management and Toronto-Dominion Bank collectively owned over $1.8 billion in TransCanada stock as of March 31, 2014, making TD the second largest shareholder in the company that would build the Keystone XL pipeline.

TD is also invested in other TransCanada tar sands projects, including pipelines to transport gas, extracted through fracking. One of these is proposed to run through our neighbor’s land in upstate Chittenden and Addison Counties, and under Lake Champlain to Ticonderoga, New York.

    3. The State of Vermont and TD Bank

In fiscal year 2013, TD Bank held 66% of the state’s cash, based on average end-of-day balances

During that period, the state paid the bank over $787,000 in fees.

Purpose of Our Protest

To request of each TD depositor to ask the bank to divest from TransCanada

To request of each Vermonter to demand that state funds not be deposited with a bank invested in the Keystone XL, or other tar sands projects.

To request of all citizens to call upon President Obama to reject the Keystone XL

For further information: info@postoilsolutions.org or 802.869.2141


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Column The Great Adventure

The Feminine in the Twenty-first Century

Like A Girl

Terri Kneipp

Jul 1, 2014


Yes! Like A Girl


Wow. I feel remiss. Evidently I was supposed to feel responsible for the inappropriate ways men have ogled me since I was 12 or to think only girls should have to dress conservatively for school. This week has been full of stereotypical negative phrases, images and responsibilities about or toward girls and women being bandied about, discussed in multiple arenas, debated ad nauseam in other words, my mind is spinning. Between school dress codes to a broader discussion on modest dress to limiting phrases, let’s dive into the deep end.


Early in the week on a ladies forum, the talk turned to modest dress: what was appropriate, how to help men behave themselves, should cleavage be shown or not, etc. This in itself is a powder keg ready to start a maelstrom. My first thought was that it’s not my job to “help men” control their impulses; but, also that it was demeaning to men, assuming they couldn’t control themselves. Give the guys some credit: they all aren’t lecherous, leering dolts who are unable to be respectful using common decorum in every day life. Luckily, I found a video for Christian men from a Christian man (http://johnpavlovitz.com/2014/06/20/young-men-sex-and-urge-ownership-and-why-its-not-the-girls-problem/), so if you are not a Christian, you may not see an issue, that isn’t the point. My point is taking the responsibility for any action off of anyone other than the person who is committing the action. If a crime is committed, it should never be the victim’s fault.  If I choose to wear a tank top that shows a little cleavage, heaven forbid, because it is summer, I have an ample chest and it’s freaking hot and some man stares, that’s on him. I am not dressing a certain way to elicit a given response, but I am also not going to over react unless the behavior is obnoxious and intrusive. Being bundled from head to toe in puffy ski gear, I have had men make comments that weren’t appreciated and I dealt with them as any mature woman would, swiftly, clearly and leaving no doubt of my meaning. With that said, dressing fairly modestly is what works for me.


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BOMBSHELLS

The Devastating Mistakes of Abstract Perception

– and how to disarm them through awareness of ‘natural inclusion’


PART ONE

Alan Rayner

Oct 2, 2014





PREVIEW

Abstract perceptions of reality always either encase natural phenomena entirely within non-existent boundary limits, or entirely disregard any source of distinction between natural forms and their surroundings and neighbours.  Unlike natural boundaries, such as skin, abstract boundaries are simplified, orderly and definitive. They completely isolate the insides from the outsides of things and places. Hence they treat Nature either as a whole object in itself, or as a collection of whole objects that are divisible into fractional parts and separated from one another by variable amounts of space and time.  In conventional mathematics, these entities are defined as numerical and geometric figures (discrete numbers and shapes) and in conventional language they are defined as nouns (discrete subjects and objects). Energetic actions of various kinds upon or between these entities are defined as verbs. For the sake of convenient calculation, description and argumentation, Nature is frozen into isolated units of space, energy, time and matter within a superimposed frame of reference that does not actually exist.  The only envisaged alternative to this categorization is to merge all into formlessness. As the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, understood, however, nature is always and only properly imagined as variably fluid. Fluidity rules everywhere, and space, time, energy and matter can neither be separated from one another as isolated entities nor united into absolute singularity. 


Through our human habit of imposing these abstract boundary limits onto nature, we introduce something fundamentally anti-natural into our worldview, which not only steers us away from perceiving true nature, but disrupts and damages our natural neighbourhood in a huge variety of ways. Because this habit has such a tenacious grip on our thinking, it can be called "abstract fundamentalism". We adhere to it because we (both in Academia and in society at large) think it is sufficiently useful and correct to "freeze" nature into abstract entities, and to relate with nature as if these entities actually existed.  They do not, and the consequences of living and thinking as if they do have brought devastating consequences for us, psychologically, socially and environmentally.


There is a way out of this devastation, without any loss of useful knowledge, through recognising the principle of ‘natural inclusion’ as the co-evolving flow of energy and space as distinct but mutually inclusive, informative and receptive, presences. Sadly, however, humanity has been habituated to abstract fundamentalism for so long that all of our institutions are built upon it. Whether we speak of engineering, economics, politics, the sciences, or any other field of study or expertise, the predilection for abstract conceptualization remains firmly in place. We try to solve our problems of living using the same kind of thinking that gave rise to them. But the natural truth remains:-

 

Abstract fundamentalism, the imposition of definitive discontinuity onto natural continuity, cannot solve the problems of living it causes.

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Op Ed

Witness to Genocide: Israel/ Palestine: A JOURNEY TO PEACE

The Op Ed writer is

Namaya

Aug 24, 2014



We are all tremendously saddened by the ongoing wars in Israel and Palestine, but it is a war that few Americans and outsiders can full understand.  Namaya, the poet and performance artist, has created this program “Witness to Genocide:ISRAEL/ PALESTINE: A JOURNEY TO PEACE and would like to present this at your school, church, or community center.


A trailer sample can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CltHSUoHr0&feature=plcp


This is a multimedia performance on the narrative of the Jewish Diaspora, the Palestinian people, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine (West Bank and Gaza.)  The performance combines stories, music, poetry, photography, and art based on Namaya’s story of living and working in Yemen, Morocco, and his travels through Palestine, Israel, and the Islamic world.  Namaya also speaks of his Jewish family’s journey out of Eastern Europe through such stories as “L’Chaim” and of Jewish life during the Diaspora.


Caption: Witness – in commemoration of Krystallnacht and the occupation of Palestine, in the witness that there can be peace in Palestine and a future for the children of Israel & Palestine.


Namaya said, “I tell this story out of necessity. In witnessing the destruction of our Jewish communities through pogroms and the holocaust, having touched the walls of Prague and Budapest with the names of my extended family who perished, and also seeing the present inhumane occupation of Palestine… I am obligated to tell this story. In telling I hope to create an opportunity for a future for the children of Israel and Palestine.”

The  program is a one person performance with multimedia, art work, and music.  It can be performed in a theater, school, or gallery space. At the end of the performance, there is an opportunity for discussion of the performance in the spirit of compassionate listening.


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Real Food ! 

White Stew

Phil Innes

Oct 19, 2014


This is a stew where all the ingredients are white or nearly so, and you can vary ingredients to suit yourself, even adding one colorful thing for contrast.


Get starting by sautéeing some onion and if you use it, celery — this makes both much sweeter. I also pre-cooked some chicken by frying it until 2/3rd cooked, then removing bone from thighs. You could as well boil the chicken and reserve the stock for the stew. Breast meat ‘looks better’ but has less taste and chunky texture. For a vegetarian stew add marinated tofu instead.


I also used an unusual vegetable, white eggplant [illus]. Cut into coins, and mix with plentiful oil in large bowl, sauté.


Otherwise in a large pot successively add some or all these ingredients:


Chicken

Garlic [rough chopped]

Eggplant

Onion

Celery

Parsnip

Turnip

Potato

Tofu

Mushrooms

Seasoning [I used a lemon-garlic mix]


Liquid should just cover ingredients.


You can finish the stew by adding cream to it at the end with the heat off, or perhaps serve plain Greek yoghurt at the table. Serve over rice or with chunky bread.

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Graphic Traffic

An orientation to illustration and illustrated books for writers

By Marlene O’Connor on Jan 16, 2013

Photo by Vermont Views

Street Dance – Flight, personal piece


Here are illustrations of Marlene’s work and she has also contributed notes on how to sensibly engage graphic artists, illustrators and publishers as a generous addition to orienting the writer to the subject.  

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This column is sponsored by www.zephyrdesignsvt.com


Dec 28th, 2011

Photo Brooks House Fire


Things started quietly enough with normal amounts of snow but the people in the municipal building could hardly anticipate multiple disasters in 2011  

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Kipling’s Questionnaire

Last Entry Mac Gander

Photo Rudyard Kipling at Naulakha near Brattleboro.


130 years ago in 1880/81 Rudyard Kipling completed the 26 question questionnaire. Kipling subsequently moved to Brattleboro and Dummerston, living here from 1892 to 1896.


At the time it is said that Kipling was known by more people in the world than was any other person. I would like to publish your own responses in Vermont Views Magazine to the very same questions Kipling answered.




Please add your answers below the 26 questions on the questionnaire page, or write in for a set of emailed questions.


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StudioONE

Len Emery



The Project:


Goffstown Slaughterhouse



Here is a small representative sample of a fairly large project at a slaughterhouse in Goffstown.


The Photographer


Len Emery


"I come from an engineering background with all of its inflexibility and predefinition. Conversely, photography is often fleeting and very much undefined. I try to capture the image as it happens, the instant framed from my perspective for all to see my interpretation. I try to use the environment as an element of the image, allowing it to enhance and sometimes be the image. I then try to draw the viewer into the image as I was drawn in when I first saw it.


I am a pilot as well as a photographer and use my flying skills and camera together when doing contract aerial photography. All of my photos are typically of Vermont and in particular the villages and valleys of the Black River basin area.


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Studio TWO

Featuring

April at Gallery 2 Vermont Artisan Designs 106 Main Street in Brattleboro, is currently showing a range of works.

Featured in this photo exhibit are blue glass by Ed Branson [illustrated]; painting of sugaring by Paul Madalinski; horse by Joseph Fichter; circus photos by Jeffrey Lewis; stained glass canoe by David Wissman; paintings by Dane Tilghman. See More ➤


Studio 3

A seven color print, ‘Migration’, by William Hays


William Hays, printmaker

To view the images sequentially, click the link to Studio 3 and press ‘Play Slideshow.’

To illustrate a companion article on print making by Brattleboro artist William Hays, the subject kindly forwarded me these 7 images of a print in the making. The full article will appear as a Monthly Feature.  See More ➤


Studio 4

Group Photo Shoot

October 20, 2014

“Not far from Main Street”


Len Emery

Phil Innes

Merritt Brown

Greg Worden


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If You Lived Here

Dr. Vardana Shiva’s Talk about Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law

Nov 17, 2014 



Post Oil Solutions is pleased to announce that we will screen a taped recording of the talk given by the internationally recognized scientist and activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva, in Burlington on 2 November, about Vermont’s GMO labeling law .

 

This event will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 6:00 PM, Brooks Memorial Library meeting room.

 

The event is free, and light refreshments will be provided.

 

For further information: 802.869.2141 or info@postoilsolutions.org

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If You Lived Elsewhere

Rough Tor

  Aug 20, 2014



Rough Tor


Rough is pronounced ‘row’ to rhyme with ‘cow’. Rough Tor (/ˈraʊtər/ row-ter), or Roughtor, is a tor on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. The site is composed of the tor summit and logan stone, a neolithic tor enclosure, a large number of Bronze Age hut circles, and some contemporary monuments.


From the summit of Rough Tor, many signs of settlements and field systems are visible, indicating that it was a well populated area in former times.

Neolithic


The summit of Rough Tor once had a neolithic tor enclosure. The summit is encircled by a series of rough stone walls that align with natural stone outcroppings on the tor. The walls would have originally completely encircled the tor. The walls would have had numerous stone lined openings. In the interior of the circle there are remains of terraces leveled into the slopes, which archaeologists believe formed the foundations of circular wooden houses. There are also cleared areas near the terraces that have been garden plots.

Bronze Age


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Aural, Oral, Verbal, Spoken



What is it to be? When an NPR reporter can say of a Supreme Court ruling: “...now we shall see what the oral reports will be...” we are certainly mixing our matadors!


Aural relates to hearing; Oral, ‘of the mouth’; Verbal and Spoken reference speech, and a choice whether you like Latin or English terms.


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Curious Topics


Vermont Zombie Hunting — a true story

Jul 28, 2014

They say true stories are best, so here is one from Zon Estes.


A new Vermont experience.
I'm working in the yard. I hear people talking, yelling. (Occasionally people walking on trails around find their way toward our house.) When they were clearly in the yard, I walked over toward them.


Them is about a dozen guys. What caught my eye was the shirtless fellow wearing a pink tutu, leading a few of his buddies off a slight distance. Then I saw that most were painted--either on the face or all over. Oh, and sunglasses.


When they saw me, they explained that they were looking for Zombies. By now, there must've been two dozen mostly naked, jazzed up guys, ready to roll.
I directed the Zombie hunters toward a commonly missed turn. I can still hear them in the woods, up on the hillside. Blowing whistles and bellowing.
“Where the hell am I?”

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100 Years Ago

Feature:  August 1914

The First World War Begins

Aug 3, 2014





Caption: German soldiers embarking for the front


August 1

The German Empire declares war on the Russian Empire, following Russia's military mobilization in support of Serbia; Germany also begins mobilization. France orders general mobilization. New York Stock Exchange closed due to war in Europe, where nearly all stock exchanges are already closed.


August 2

German troops occupy Luxembourg in accordance with its Schlieffen Plan. A secret treaty between the Ottoman Empire and Germany secures Ottoman neutrality. At 7:00 pm (local time) Germany issues a 12-hour ultimatum to neutral Belgium to allow German passage into France.


August 3

Germany declares war on Russia's ally, France.

At 7:00 am (local time) Belgium declines to accept Germany's ultimatum of August 2.



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Local History

May 5, 2013


A lyrical homage by Charles Monette



With 1878’s best intentions, some sturdy men began

Building Brattleboro’s narrow gauge in the southeast kingdom

Upside verdant country, the West River, to South Londonderry

Financed by bankers’ bonds bought in towns’ river valleys

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Sep 7, 2013

Photo by Vermont Views


A photo essay of 40 images and caption


“Before The Fall”



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Reviews Old & New


The Illusion of Separation


Giles Hutchins new book is now released.


‘Cutting through habitual denials and academic evasions, Giles Hutchins exposes the delusion at the root of our planetary crisis.  And with a holographic richness of resources and disciplines, he discloses—indeed activates—the attitude that might just provoke our needed evolution. This is a wise and urgent text: may it be heard, and soon!’ Catherine Keller, Professor of Constructive Theology, Drew University, author of On the Mystery

 

‘An amazing tour de force, the intellectual tour of our lives…Never before, that I know of, has the choice of life, true life, or the path of degradation been put before us with such clear equanimity.’ Robert Sardello, PhD, author of Love and the Soul: Creating a Future for Earth.

 

‘Wonderful…well written, well researched and full of insight, this book will open your heart and mind…’ Stephan Harding, Head of Holistic Science, Schumacher College, author of Animate Earth

 

‘With clarity and insight Giles Hutchins analyses the roots of our present collective mindset of separation, and yet shows how science and spirituality point to a deeper, inclusive consciousness. Here are signposts for a future that is vitally needed in the present moment, if we dare to cross the threshold...’    Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, PhD, Sufi teacher and author, Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth.

 

‘A treasure of a book that I will share widely… a brilliantly written insightful tour de force’   Chris Laszlo, PhD, author of Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business

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Brattleboro Skyline

A massive photo essay with captions

Jun 11, 2014


The Slow Living Summit and The Strolling of the Heifers 2014


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Localvore Directory

Click this link for locally grown and manufactured food products and how to find them directly


To add your business to the free listing of Localvores — contact the publisher at onechess@comcast.net


Phone numbers, websites, e-mails, travel directions and hours of business of a few dozen local farms and businesses making Vermont food products. Support your local food economy!


Just Added — Full Plate Farm

 

Full Plate Farm is a one acre vegetable farm conveniently located one and a half miles from downtown Brattleboro, VT.  We grow over 100 varieties of delectable, nutritious veggies using organic practices. We offer a CSA which includes all of our veggies, as well as berries and sweet corn from a few other local farms. We offer 12 different share options, so that you can choose how much produce you get and when. We also offer options between some of the veggies in your share as well as a “swap box” so that you will always have a choice to trade out a veggie you don’t like for one you do. Every week we include recipes and cooking suggestions. 


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This column is sponsored by the Brattleboro Food Coop http://brattleborofoodcoop.coop


Write On!

Swirlin’ shadows of the moon

Charles Monette

Nov 18, 2014


Swirling white serrated cirrus clouds circled, forming a phalanx that shone light bright before shadows of the half full moon.  Lying on a bed in an unfinished room gazing in wonder at this night sky, I felt be twitched… a lone star peeking through in the southwest corner of the windowpane.  Twinkling at me.  Lonely cold apple trees stood their ground hardly moving in the wind still quiet now just 30 yards away.


I was about to go naked metaphysically, you know, reconciliation, spinning out, reunion with spirit.  I took off my resurrection boots, followed my Yang thread, and began letting go of my beliefs in dreamtime.  This big night sky was magnificent, subtly changing hues amid darkness trying to envelop it.


Hoping to receive my new spiritual vision, I sensed upheaval behind the starry night.  Ghost was at my side, eyes pleading for another duck fillet, at least a mid sized dog biscuit.  Ghost didn’t care if it was gluten free.  We walked, he barked once or twice, and I thought of making something manifest in the physical world. 


I thought of Paul Tillich and the Resurrection, connecting with earth, opening my heart to compassion a la Thich Nhat Hanh.  Flush, go naked… reboot!  But was that all?  I thought of the sorrows of Mary for the first time… it was about time… thought of travel along the continuum of past present future, often referred to as now.  Now what Einstein?


I thought of costumed ladies of eleven days ago.  Besmirching their lipstick before smooching their dogs as they sat round  bonfires watching a restless man throw in a stick or two.  They began free association rituals, chanting guttural, Tibetan bowls singing in fractured disharmony around medicine wheels.


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Are you wearing Dhaka?

When it comes to fashion, applying even the most modest ethical criteria is ridiculously hard. All the big chains – including Primark, which had a supplier in the destroyed Rana Plaza building on Dhaka's outskirts, and has promised "to provide support where possible" to the families of the 187 workers known to have died – have ethics policies that can be viewed online. None has a clearly labelled and readily availably Fairtrade or equivalent line on the shop floor.


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“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”

Mark Twain


“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov


“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”

Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata


“There are three types of lies -- lies, damn lies, and statistics.”

Benjamin Disraeli


“Lies require commitment.”

Veronica Roth, Divergent


“Love is a verb, not a noun. It is active. Love is not just feelings of passion and romance. It is behavior. If a man lies to you, he is behaving badly and unlovingly toward you. He is disrespecting you and your relationship. The words “I love you” are not enough to make up for that. Don’t kid yourself that they are.”

Susan Forward, When Your Lover Is a Liar: Healing the Wounds of Deception and Betrayal


“Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive.”

Walter Scott, Marmion


“The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

To This Degree


An image a day every day of the year

   


Today: White-capped waves display the power of wind over sea


The mobilization of unconscious energies under the pressure of superpersonal motives


SUBTILIZATION THROUGH RHYTHMIC INTENSITY



Nov 23 2014 Sagittarius 2 (1° to 15° Sagittarius is ABSTRACTION in Act 3, GROUP-INTEGRATION)

 

Write On!

Swirlin’ shadows of the moon


Charles Monette

Nov 18, 2014


Swirling white serrated cirrus clouds circled, forming a phalanx that shone light bright before shadows of the half full moon.  Lying on a bed in an unfinished room gazing in wonder at this night sky, I felt be twitched… a lone star peeking through in the southwest corner of the windowpane.  Twinkling at me.  Lonely cold apple trees stood their ground hardly moving in the wind still quiet now just 30 yards away.


I was about to go naked metaphysically, you know, reconciliation, spinning out, reunion with spirit.  I took off my resurrection boots, followed my Yang thread, and began letting go of my beliefs in dreamtime.  This big night sky was magnificent, subtly changing hues amid darkness trying to envelop it.


Hoping to receive my new spiritual vision, I sensed upheaval behind the starry night.  Ghost was at my side, eyes pleading for another duck fillet, at least a mid sized dog biscuit.  Ghost didn’t care if it was gluten free.  We walked, he barked once or twice, and I thought of making something manifest in the physical world. 


I thought of Paul Tillich and the Resurrection, connecting with earth, opening my heart to compassion a la Thich Nhat Hanh.  Flush, go naked… reboot!  But was that all?  I thought of the sorrows of Mary for the first time… it was about time… thought of travel along the continuum of past present future, often referred to as now.  Now what Einstein?


I thought of costumed ladies of eleven days ago.  Besmirching their lipstick before smooching their dogs as they sat round  bonfires watching a restless man throw in a stick or two.  They began free association rituals, chanting guttural, Tibetan bowls singing in fractured disharmony around medicine wheels.


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Column 4our

Writers: Charles Monette, Laura Momaney, Matti Salminen, Nanci Bern

Explorative Mind

Matti Salminen

Nov 21, 2014

                                                                 

Finding meaningful work is a goal among the very most important, which we, as adults in this society can attain.  For some, the wages they earn might be of greater importance.  And for others finding love or having a family might trump all.  There are certainly areas in between each of these which allow for compromises that result in a better sum of all the parts.   College is an exceptionally profound way to reach towards your goals, and for some, attain greatness.  Many people find, while they are in college, all the things necessary to live a rewarding and inspired life.


What I want in writing a column on self-directed learning isn’t to demean college.  Rather, I would like to allow my successes in self-education to influence others to look at their life paths as valuable resources.  Our lives, if cultivated properly, will allow for exploration which will benefit our entire essence as people.  Work I do allows me to directly draw from my life experience with a chronic mental disorder known as schizophrenia.  I help others walk a path towards life enrichment.  Not all my clients are diagnosed with mental illnesses as I have been.  They are all, however, people who have been—or would be—homeless if not for our agency.


For so long, my value judgments did not allow me to see my life experiences as serving to give me credibility.  The work I had was, at best, menial; at its worst, it was hard to stomach.  I once had a job cleaning port-o-potties…seriously.  Life can, and often will, serve to enrich us as human beings.  Self-directed learning has been for me a catalyst for growth and change.  All that I’ve learned from reading books has not enriched my life as much—as has—the act of taking time to sit down and read.


From many perspectives, and through many turns, people can find tools which will be useful for loving life.  Awakening ourselves to the bounty that can be the lives we lead is hard work. Fortunately, we have time enough, on this earth, to realize dreams, and possibly gain enlightenment.  However, we are often too blinded by the creed of our materialistic society to see how dream like our current lives can be.  I believe that self-directed learning, can overtime, allow us to open our minds to what our souls wish to speak.  Our lives can become a reflection of the newness of our ideas, and of the quality of our insights.


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Column Open Mind

The Absurdity of “The One-Drop Rule”

Offie Wortham

Nov 15, 2014





Pie chart of my 7th grandchild, Sidney Ray Girard


The individual above will be called an African American, or Black, by many people in America. Why is this the case? Because of the One-Drop Rule!


This paper is calling for a national discussion on how to remove the practice of utilizing the racist One-Drop Rule to identify individuals or groups as Negroes, Blacks or African Americans. As difficult and challenging as it may be, it is time to become rational and logical and stop labeling individuals and entire populations with classifications and so-called “races” that are meaningless and at times ludicrous.


The One-Drop Rule is an historical, colloquial term in the United States that holds that a person with any trace of sub-Saharan ancestry, however small or invisible, cannot be considered White,  and unless said person has an alternative non-White ancestry they can claim, such as Native American, Asian, Arab, Australian aboriginal, they must be considered Black.


The Rule is an antiquated example of hypodescent, the automatic assignment of children of a mixed union between different socioeconomic or ethnic groups to the group with the lower status. Only by recognizing and changing instituted discrimination like the one-drop rule can we eventually live in the America so many of us have worked for during the past 50 years. We've got to start looking at this subject logically, and get rid of the old racial mythologies that have been holding our country back for so long. The legal notion of hypodescent has been upheld as recently as 1985, when a Louisiana court ruled that a woman with a black great-great-great-great-grandmother could not identify herself as “white” on her passport.


At first, the main purpose of the one-drop rule was to prevent interracial relationships, and thus keep Whites "pure." It was believed that the blood of Black people, or of other races than White, was “tainted.” It was also a way for slave owners to maintain ownership over descendents of former slaves. 


Tennessee adopted a one-drop statute in 1910. It was followed by Louisiana the same year, Texas and Arkansas in 1911, Mississippi in 1917, North Carolina in 1923, Virginia in 1924, Alabama and Georgia in 1927, and Oklahoma in 1931. During this same time, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Utah retained their old racial blood fraction statutes, but amended these fractions, such as one-eighth or one-sixteenth etc., to be equivalent to simply one drop of Negro blood, de facto. By 1925, almost every state had some form of a one-drop law on the books.

Walter Plecker was a physician and public health advocate who was the first registrar of Virginia's Bureau of Vital Statistics, serving from 1912-1946. He was a leader of the Anglo-Saxon Clubs of America, a white supremacist organization founded in Richmond, Virginia in 1822. He drafted and lobbied for the passage of the Racial Integrity Act of 1924 by the Virginia legislature; it institutionalized the one-drop rule. In the new law he wrote, "Two races as materially divergent as the White and Negro, in morals, mental powers, and cultural fitness, cannot live in close contact without injury to the higher." In line with this concept was also the assumption that Blacks would somehow be "improved" through White inter-mixing.


One of the major reasons for the endurance of the One-Drop Rule has been the actions of the Black leaders during the Black pride era of the Civil Rights Movement. Black race-based groups claimed all people of any African ancestry as black in a reverse way, to establish political power. The stigma once associated with sub-Saharan ancestry was claimed as a socio-political advantage. The "one drop rule” might have diminished by today except that it is still politically advantageous for some people to identify themselves by race. Many black academics, who were ethnocentric, criticized ideals of integration and assimilation and this led to the unfortunate development of academic ethnic studies programs instead of improving the current academic curriculum, as a way to counteract the neglect of contributions by racial minorities in classrooms.  The persistence of a hypodescent mentality among African Americans and many liberals serves to reinforce racial boundaries, rather than moving us toward a race-neutral society


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Weather

23 Nov





from NOAA

The National Weather Service


Brattleboro:


Isolated showers before 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 46. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


Tonight
Rain, mainly after 2am. Low around 34. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.


National:


Developing storm will spread rain across eastern U.S.; thunderstorms in the Southeast


A storm system developing in the South will move up the Mississippi River Valley on Sunday bringing rainfall to much of the eastern U.S., along with thunderstorms in the southeastern states. Some of the thunderstorms in the Southeast could produce large hail, damaging wind and heavy rain.


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Notes on Creating by Audrey Flack from her title

Art & Soul

A PERSONAL TEST


I’ve rejected the idea of working life-size or of using body casts for my sculpture. The enlargement or reduction in scale reaffirms its nature as an artifact; the sculpture is not just a replication. It has been particularly curious and difficult to reduce an adult model down to a four-foot height.


The struggle of my brain, in scanning the model and reducing the scale with no mechanical assistance, has been a test.

 

Studio 4

Group Photo Shoot

October 20, 2014

“Not far from Main Street”


Len Emery

Phil Innes

Merritt Brown

Greg Worden

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Monkey’s Cloak

On Buzzed Bugs:

Lloyd Graf


  A glimpse at highs and lows of the arthropodal caffeine experience




Worker bees, dosed with caffeine,

Become high-powered lean and mean         

Pollen gathering machines,

So diligent that non-drugged workers

Are soon (unfairly) pegged as shirkers. 


Buzzed spiders, on the other hand,

Perform in manner less than grand.

With manic haste they silk extrude,

But webs thus spun are gapped and crude.

Their caffeine- flawed geometry

Lets flies break loose and gnats fly free.


Since its dawn, society

Has marched to coffee and/or tea*.

Does caffeine-stoked humanity

Perform like spiders or like bees? 


*Or, lately, 5-Hour Energy



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Daily Articles

To This Degree

An image a day for every day of the year.


Passages


Weather

Local & National


Pretty Often

Art & Soul

Notes on Creating


Caption It

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New

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Feature

Monkey’s Cloak

On Buzzed Bugs

Lloyd Graf



Column

4our

Explorative Mind

Matti Salminen

Nov 21, 2014



Article

Vermont Diary

Faster than a speeding bicycle



Column

Chess

Barbie, Sexism, Chess & Engineering

Phil Innes

Nov 19, 2014



Feature

Write On!

Swirlin’ shadows of the moon

Charles Monette

Nov 18, 2014



Column

Nurturing Nature

Beyond the Horizon

Tasneem Tawfeek

Nov 17, 2014


Column

Post Oil Solutions

Protest Rally at Brattleboro TD Bank

Tim Stevenson

Nov 16, 2014



Column

Open Mind

The Absurdity of “The One-Drop Rule”

Offie Wortham

Nov 15, 2014


Article

Overheard

Aural, Oral,

Verbal, Spoken


Feature

Monkey’s Cloak

Late Autumn

Andrea Wallens Powell



Feature

Write On!

Words For Translation Into Any Language

Mac Gander

Nov 11, 2014



Column

4our

Rear View Mirror

Laura Momaney

Nov 10, 2014



Column

Post Oil Solutions

November Climate Change Cafe:

Stopping Big Oil—What Can We do?

Tim Stevenson

Nov 9, 2014


Column

in between

“When you are in Tune with the Unknown, the Known is peaceful.”

Julia Ferrari

Nov 9, 2014




Vermont Diary

Why Shumlin Only Squeaked Through

Nov 6, 2014




Monkey’s Cloak

Two poems I AM and Romantics

Michael Cioffi



Guest Article

Gov. Shumlin’s remarks, City Hall Burlington, Nov. 5

[full text]



Column

Open Mind

Kwanza, Is It A Class or a Race Thing?

Offie Wortham

Nov 6, 2014



Vermont Diary

Ashuelot, Northfield mentioned

Nov 2, 2014



Monkey’s Cloak

THE GEOGRAPHY OF DESIRE

Terry Hauptman



Column

O Citoyen!

About Fairpoint — A Letter

Robert Oeser

Oct 30, 2014



Column

Open Mind

Being Present is The Only Good Option for True Mental Health

Offie Wortham

Oct 28, 2014



Monkey’s Cloak

run’way

Phil Innes



Column

Untitled Work

True Story with Metaphor

Mac Gander

Oct 26, 2014



Column

4our

Upon Getting Ready for Samhain (Halloween)–Why Are There No Mirrors in Tarot Cards?

Nanci Bern

Oct 25, 2014



Studio 4

Group Photo Shoot

October 20, 2014

“Not far from

Main Street”



Write On!

Pablo and the Chief

Charles Monette

Oct 21, 2013



Real Food !

White Stew

Phil Innes

Oct 19, 2014


Monkey’s Cloak

Two Poems: Rough & A Waltz For Two

Michael Cioffi



Special Feature

An American in Cornwall

Oct 10, 2014



Column

4our

Mind Eternal

Matti Salminen

Oct 17, 2014




Real Food !

Meatballs

Mac Gander

Oct 16, 2014



Publisher’s Challenge

Hemingway as editor, yours!

Oct 15, 2014



Vermont Diary

An unusual Diet

Oct 15, 2014



Column

O Citoyen!

Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation

“Medicare Facts & Medicare Fraud”

Robert Oeser

Oct 14, 2014




Reviews Old & New

The Illusion of Separation

Giles Hutchins new book is now released.



Column

Archetypal Hippie Speaks

The Value of a Short Lived Amnesia

Jeri Rose

Oct 13, 2014



Monkey’s Cloak

Library where everything is forgotten

Charles Monette



Real Food !

Braised pork-chops in tomatoes

Mac Gander

Oct 12, 2014



Column

Untitled Work

Summer’s End

Mac Gander

Oct 10, 2014




Monkey’s Cloak

REQUIEM

For Anna Akhmatova

(1889-1966)

Terry Hauptman




Column

4our

Learning for Enrichment

Matti Salminen

Oct 7, 2014



Real Food !

Roasting a whole chicken and living off it for a week

Mac Gander

Oct 6, 2014


Column

Post Oil Solutions

Climate Change Café Hosts Community Conversation in October

Tim Stevenson

Oct 5, 2014



Guest Article

Beyond capitalism

Donnie Maclurcan




Monkey’s Cloak

Neglected Soul

Matti Salminen



Column

Archetypal Hippie Speaks

When are we too young?

Jeri Rose

Oct 4, 2014



Column

Natural Inclusivity

BOMBSHELLS

The Devastating Mistakes of Abstract Perception

Alan Rayner

Oct 2, 2014



Real Food !

Red Sauce,

White Sauce

Mac Gander

Oct 1, 2014




Column

4our

Meandering knows no mean

Charles Monette

Sep 30, 2014




Weekly Feature

In Conversation with Eugene Uman

Sep 30, 2014



Column

Open Mind

Recommendations for Controlling Lobbying

In the

Vermont Legislature

Offie Wortham

Sep 29, 2014



A Word In Your Ear

Khaleesis replacing Amelias?

Not hardly

Sep 26, 2014


Selected Letters

Pete Seeger Tribute

Offie Wortham

Sep 25, 2014



Column

Old Lady Blog

The Courage to Create

Toni Ortner

Sep 25, 2014



Column

Energetics 

US and World Energy News

George Harvey

who is stopping us?

Sept 24, 2014


Monkey’s Cloak

The slightest notice

Charles Monette

Sep 23, 2014



Column

4our

The Lastlings

Nanci Bern

Sep 22, 2014



Column

Nurturing Nature

Fall

Tasneem Tawfeek

Sep 20, 2014



Column

Natural Inclusivity

Mistaking emotion for lack of reason

Alan Rayner

Sep 19, 2014




Vermont Diary


Strange brew

Sep 18, 2014




Column

Untitled Work

The Language of the Tribe

Mac Gander

Sep 17, 2014





Column

Post Oil Solutions

21 September

Tim Stevenson

Sep 16, 2014



Column

4our

Friends With Benefits

Laura Momaney

Sep 14, 2014



Non Profit of the Month


Turning Point

Sep 14, 2014




Monkey’s Cloak


Matrix…Nine…Words…Eleven

Nanci Bern

Sep 11, 2014



Column

Open Mind

"Over Forty, Over Educated, and Underemployed"

Offie Wortham

Pt 2 — Sep 11, 2014



Reviews Old & New

Tortoise Diaries: Daily Meditations for Creativity and Slowing Down

A note from the author

Aug 26, 2014



Monkey’s Cloak

Two Poems,

Personal Hawaiian and Heartsong of Hawaii Nation

Jeri Rose



Column

Archetypal Hippie Speaks

Double barreled slingshot 7

Jeri Rose

Sep 8, 2014



Monkey’s Cloak

Can we talk? 

Charles Monette

Sep 6, 2014


Column

Old Lady Blog

Amazing GRACE:

Global Citizens and Artists for Social Change

Toni Ortner

Sep 4, 2014


Column

4our

No Sword School

Matti Salminen

Sep 4, 2014



New Column Littoral Sojourn

Pilgrimage Part 1:

Len Emery

Sep 1, 2014


Open Mind

"Over Forty, Over Educated, and Underemployed"

Offie Wortham

Aug 31, 2014


Old Lady Blog

OUR MAN IN BLACK

Toni Ortner

Aug 29, 2014


Kipling’s Questionnaire

Len Emery

Aug 27, 2014



Publisher’s Challenge #5

“places of disinhabitation”

Mac Gander

Aug 19 2014



Reviews Old & New

Tortoise Diaries: Daily Meditations for Creativity and Slowing Down

Review by

Phil Innes

Aug 26, 2014



Vermont Diary

News

Aug 25 2014



OP ED

Namaya

Witness to Genocide: Israel/ Palestine:

A JOURNEY TO PEACE

Aug 24, 2014



Chess

Phil Innes

Math and Chess for America’s Schools

Aug 23, 2014




Untitled Work

Mac Gander

The Battle of the Somme River and the Story of Atlantis

Aug 21, 2014


Reviews Old & New

Voices Like Wind Chimes

By Arlene F. Distler

Reviewed by: Mary W. Mathias

 Poet With a Painter’s Eye

Aug 9, 2014




Open Mind

Offie Wortham

IBM 1960

Aug 8, 2014



Write On!

Martha M Moravec

VERMONT HIPPIE ZOMBIES

Aug 5, 2014



100 Years Ago

Feature: August 1914

The First World War Begins

Aug 3, 2014




Nurturing Nature

Tasneem Tawfeek

Air

Jul 31, 2014



Curious Topics

Vermont Zombie Hunting — a true story

Jul 28 2014


Articulate

Kate Anderson

Leadership

Jul 15, 2014


StudioONE

Len Emery

Goffstown Slaughterhouse

Jul 11, 2014



The Great Adventure

Terri Kneipp

Like a girl

Jul 1, 2014



Beer & Bangers

J.D McCliment’s and MacLaomainn's Scottish Pub

Jun 30 2014



Monthly Feature

Photo Essay

William Hays,

print maker

February, 2014

Column Chess

Barbie, Sexism, Chess & Engineering

Phil Innes

Nov 19, 2014



“The latest affront to basic decency in gendered toy marketing comes from a Barbie book that tells girls they can't be game developers or programmers.nThe book is bafflingly called Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer. It was written by Susan Marenco and published by Random House. Despite its encouraging title, Marenco's book actually tells preteen girls that Barbie can only contribute to the design of the game she's building.” — says The Daily Dot


On FaceBook one guy, let’s call him Brian, doesn’t get it:


“This article is a bit of an overreaction... Who do all the white male level designers blame for holding them back? What if they're heterosexual too? Like me. I am a game level designer and junior environment artist. I need someone else to code for me. So now Barbie can't have guy friends with skills because that would be sexist to have capable guys in her stories? Maybe they should all be absentee fathers and fraternity date-rape d-bag stereotypes? There is NOTHING in that book that says she can ONLY be an artist. Or if there is, they didn't quote it. So am I supposed to feel like a failure now since it's insulting for a woman to be one? Gee thanks for letting me know what the world thinks about game level designers. The women playing in those areas have the same opportunities as boys. But the boys are more competitive by nature so they put more effort into getting better on average so there is a false sense of inequality.”


I think the point Brian misses is that the programmers are, or are all assumed to be, males, whereas females have pink computers and are represented as just designers.  In the book itself Barbie bitches to a friend, ‘just because I have a pink computer, doesn’t mean I am not a feminist.’ And this is true, as the two female authorss with advanced degrees know.


Brian then cites Judit Polgar, strongest woman chess player ever and ruins his case, saying “’She is a legend. Because she put in the extra effort. Other women who aren't at that level aren't there because they don't put in the effort.”


Burt the truth is that Grandmaster Judit Polgar and her two chess playing sisters were home-schooled in Hungary by a father who didn’t let the very open and hostile misogynistic factors of his culture dominate his children.


All 3 Polgar sisters were /removed/ from public mores and expectations, and home schooled because of the wide-spread misogyny in Hungarian society. This seems to be what Susan Polgar has written. She tells a good joke about growing up and playing chess and attitudes at the time, that 'she had never beat a healthy man.'


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Beyond the Horizon

Tasneem Tawfeek

Nov 17, 2014


Gazing outdoors from the inside of my home, under the comfort of my own covers, I often find myself pondering about the very issues that trouble me when it comes to the environment. The colors and views before me that accompany every season and every time of day- whether dawn, noon, or dusk, seem to speak volumes to me and I continue to wonder on the surrounding nature whose primary purpose is to soothe and comfort. I continue to speculate, I continue to question, I continue to wonder, and as I often stare upon the horizon especially as the sun sets, I continue to reflect beyond it. I continue to marvel at the spectrum of colors that our horizon lends to us at any moment of time and it seems that if we ask questions beyond our own horizon and attempt to see past the obvious limits before us, we will continue to realize that our environment needs more attention and raising awareness is the most crucial step in acquiring this attention. It seems that the horizon of our atmosphere serves as yet another focal point for concern and we can continue to remain voiceless or we can look beyond for solutions that will ultimately lead to a healthier planet, a healthier home, and a healthier horizon for us all.


Just recently, I began to better understand the issue of our ozone layer and the impact that ozone depletion has on the future scope of our planet. However, what exactly is the ozone layer and how does ozone depletion affect us? For starters, ozone depletion just happens to be one of the most troubling worldwide environmental problems. We may know the basics- that the Earth's atmosphere is divided into several layers, with each one serving an important role. The troposphere is where human activities take place such as flying small aircrafts or flying in hot air balloons. The next layer is called the stratosphere and it is in this layer in which the ozone layer of our Earth is found. The job of the ozone layer is to protect our planet from the dangerous UV rays of the sun. If not protected, the Earth could face some disastrous effects. Unfortunately, our current issue with the ozone layer is that it is slowly being depleted, being worn out, as a result of human actions, particularly as a result of substances being manufactured by certain industries.


These industries often use chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFC's) in manufacturing items like solvents or even soaps. Over time, CFC's are carried into the stratosphere by wind and this is when ozone depletion takes place. The CFC's are broken down by the sun's UV rays which ultimately causes chlorine atoms to be released into the ozone. The chlorine atoms then react with the ozone, causing a chemical cycle to occur that basically destroys the good ozone needed to protect our Earth. Once depleted, there is not much that can be done to replenish the ozone layer, although the ozone layer may slowly recover on its own. As long as we decrease the amount of CFC's and other harmful chemicals being released into the ozone, we can be confident we are only improving our conditions on Earth.


This is because exposure to these chemicals actually causes large amounts of ultraviolet rays to reach Earth, often resulting in skin cancer and even cataracts in human beings. Not only this, plants are also negatively affected by the depletion of the ozone layer. As a result of the exposure to the UV rays, plants will not be able to form correctly, will lack certain nutrients needed for their growth development, and some may even have a shorter life span.

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Vermont Diary

Faster than a speeding bicycle




Let’s look at costs and time of the new, improved Amtrak service from Brattleboro to New York City, after the $75million investment, then similar services elsewhere:


London to Manchester, England is 199.9 miles, 2hrs 30. About $50bucks


Paris to Lyon in the south of France takes 2 hours 15 mins by bullet train and is 288 miles, $125bucks


London to Paris is 213 miles [as the crow flies] 2hrs 15mins and costs $68bucks


Brattleboro to New York City is 199.7 miles. And takes 5hrs 51minutes and costs $57 to $89bucks by Amtrak. This is after the recent $75million renovation.


London to Paris train which goes under the English Channel averages 94 miles per hour. The Paris to Lyon ‘bullet’ train averages 128 miles per hour. The non-bullet Virgin London to Manchester trains averages 80 miles per hour on tracks over 150 years old.  In 1927 the Model T Ford could go 45 miles per hour. Average speed of the Vermonter is 33 miles per hour.


Average speed of the Tour de France bicycle race is 25 miles per hour, but that includes mountain climbs in the Pyrenees and the Alps. On the flat the racers can maintain a consistent speed of about 30 miles per hour.


The highest speed officially recorded for any human-powered vehicle (HPV) on level ground and with calm winds and without external aids (such as motor pacing and wind-blocks) is 133.78 km/h (83.13 mph) set in 2013 by Sebastiaan Bowier in the VeloX3, a streamlined recumbent bicycle. In the 1989 Race Across America, a group of HPVs crossed the United States in just 5 days. The highest speed officially recorded for a bicycle ridden in a conventional upright position under fully faired conditions was 82.52 km/h (51.28 mph) over 200m. That record was set in 1986 by Jim Glover on a Moulton AM7 at the 3rd international HPV scientific symposium at Vancouver.


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