February 7, 2013

Action! VCFA’s New Film MFA Program Is Rolling

Action! VCFA’s New Film MFA Program Is Rolling

by Nat Frothingham Filmmaking and film distribution are changing dramatically. In an interview with Tom Greene, president of the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA), he explained how big changes in filmmaking and distribution have provided a very strong logic for a VCFA decision to inaugurate a new MFA degree program in film. For a […]

In the ER with Dr. Nancy Chickering

by Kate Mueller Dr. Nancy Chickering has worked in the emergency room at Central Vermont Medical Center for 18 years and loves it. She finds the work challenging and exciting and says it’s the one area where, as she put it, “western medicine shines.” “I’m a believer in wholistic and herbal medicine, in alternative approaches […]

Finding a Way at the People’s Health & Wellness Clinic

Finding a Way at the People’s Health & Wellness Clinic

by Bob Nuner Where do I go? What do I do? What do I need to know? A few weeks ago, when Bridge staff met to discuss health and wellness, those kinds of questions, the ones that people seeking health care need to ask, came up. It turns out that a need for guidance exists […]

Toward Healthier Food Shopping

by Lisa Masé Because we must eat to live, it is important to recognize that nourishment is a basic way to be well and prevent disease. Tools exist to help shoppers choose healthy, affordable food. Food writer Annemarie Colbin suggests following these criteria (see also foodandhealing.com): Keep it whole. Eat food with all its edible […]

Winter Wellness: Elderberry Syrup

Winter Wellness: Elderberry Syrup

by Rebecca Dalgin  Elderberry, growing as a shrub or small tree, is one of my most beloved local plants. It grows wild and bountifully and is easy to cultivate in the garden. Delicious to use, broad in application and powerful in action, elderberry has much to offer during flu season. Elderberries, the fruit of this […]

‘Eat My What?!’: Placenta Encapsulation: A Natural Way to Treat Postpartum Depression

‘Eat My What?!’: Placenta Encapsulation: A Natural Way to Treat Postpartum Depression

by Tara Carpenter Each woman bounces back from giving birth differently. Many women experience a wide range of emotions and hormonal fluctuations during their postpartum recovery. While giving birth, all women lose iron through the infant, the placenta and bleeding. Iron deficiency can affect the quality of a mother’s life and her ability to parent […]

ESSAY: Into the Heart of Yoga

by Anjali Budreski When I began a regular and committed yoga practice 18 years ago, I was looking for relief from stress, tension and the busyness and uncertainties of life and looking for a calm island of peace and bliss in the midst of life’s inevitable storms. I was living in Massachusetts at the time, […]

ESSAY: Lessons from a Breast Cancer Survivor

by Lori Barg It was almost 20 years ago when a friend helped me recognize the malignant melanoma I had on a funny lump. After surviving that, a few years later, in my late 40s, my then partner found a lump in my breast. I called a friend who is a three-decade breast cancer survivor. […]

ESSAY: Coping with a Preexisting Condition

Editor’s note: When The Bridge put out a call for people to write about their personal experiences with the health care system, one respondent with a complicated medical condition requested anonymity. Given the circumstances, we agreed that the piece should be anonymous.   I have had a chronic illness since I was a preteen. This illness […]

School Board Budget Increases 8 Percent over Last Year, Exceeds the Single-Vote Threshold

by Richard Sheir and Zachary Beechler On Town Meeting Day, the Montpelier School District will present three measures for voter consideration. The proposed operating budget for the next school year exceeds the allowable state threshold for a single vote and will instead be presented in two votes. Collectively, the two measures constitute a budget request […]