Moving Past Adversity: Harnessing intelligence, imagination, and resilience as we confront the future
by Nat Frothingham At a family Christmas gathering in Marlboro, Vermont, in December 1981, my cousin Teddy Moore made a proposal that I could not resist: Would I, the following summer, be willing to drive his pickup truck, along with his dog Swarth and a load of furniture, from Marlboro, Vermont, to Anchorage, Alaska? Ted, […]
Tangos Topper, a Hero Among Horses: Rhythm of the Rein riding program caters to riders with special challenges.
by Carolyn Grodinsky and Dianne Lashoones When I was asked to write an article recognizing a special person who helps animals, I began to think about all the animals who go unrecognized for helping humans. Why not feature one of them? Several years ago, I volunteered for the Rhythm of the Rein therapeutic riding program in […]
You Can Fall But You Must Not Lie Down: Adversity visits everyone. How we respond makes the difference.
by Miriam Hansen When a friend recently said that she’d stopped reading my gardening column, I asked her why. “You’re too smart for me,” she answered. With a little probing, a story emerged. She kept planting seeds that never came up. “Maybe you’re planting them too deep,” I offered. “Too deep, too shallow,” she said. […]
Artist Ed Epstein built his first boat in 1985, a 17-foot skiff to fish from with his 7-year-old son. He enjoyed the process so much he immediately started work on another boat, a 12-foot catboat (on which he learned to sail), and then moved on to a still larger boat, a 25-foot skipjack sloop, launched […]
Left Stone Cold: Changes in the worldwide granite industry leave a local stone carver looking for work
by Sophie Betttman-Kerson By the end of my freshman year at U-32 High School, in 1990, I was feeling blocked. I needed something new. My mother agreed to send in an application to the Putney School, where I was accepted as a sophomore. While at Putney, I was invited with some of the older art […]
A landmark Montpelier building was in flames. The owner knew instantly that his life had changed. By David Kelley At 1 a.m. on Tuesday, January 13, 1998, the temperature in Montpelier was 15 degrees below zero. On Main Street, Charlie-O’s was closing. One of the last people to leave the bar that night was an […]
by Kate Mueller Auggie Falcone walked into the hospital room where his only son, 10-year-old Fred, lay in a coma. Freddy was often hospitalized, and though Auggie would come to the hospital, he avoided entering the room—choosing to wait in the hall, while his wife tended their son. But this day he walked in, alone, […]
Theresa Snow of Salvation Farms builds a gleaning program. by Cassandra Hemenway One in seven Vermonters struggles to get food on the table, while perfectly edible locally grown produce literally lies on the ground—unused and uneaten—at many Vermont farms. Theresa Snow, founder and executive director of Salvation Farms in Morrisville, has found a way to address […]
A stranger’s help on a lonely highway rescues the victim of a mysterious, late-night accident. by Betsy Frothingham It was almost midnight on August 1, 2012, and I was driving my Toyota Camry on Kansas highway 96 about 12 miles from Hutchinson. The weather was clear and calm, and there was no traffic in either […]