Essays

ESSAY: Discovering Watershed Passages Through Time and Space

MONTPELIER — From the bridge near my home, I could drop a “Pooh stick” into the water of the North Branch below, and watch it float away. Launched with a special sort of twitch, the stick would swirl away downstream, pulled by gravity ever lower, until it finally reaches the ocean. Today, the stick would […]

Releasing Perfectionism

Releasing Perfectionism

by Will Kyle One year ago, as I began my third semester at Vassar College, my grade point average was in the 2 range. This meant that I could not apply for a junior semester abroad to Barcelona, Spain, which was a dream of mine for a long time. My third semester was filled with […]

ESSAY: What Does It All Meme?

This essay was written as part of a pretty dry structure writing class in Advanced Expository writing for Classification and Division. I was a student teacher at U-32 this past fall in the class when this was written. Nate Morris chose the subject of memes. If you don’t use the internet, particularly social media, or […]

ESSAY: Finding a Voice

by Glennis Drew As we survey the political landscape there are many who decry the seeming apathy among young people who did not vote in the recent election. Some young adults, no doubt, are apathetic. Children learn what they see. Maybe Mom and Dad didn’t vote from a 60s-era conviction that “it won’t make any […]

ESSAY: Looking to the Past

ESSAY: Looking to the Past

by Thomas Christopher Greene As a novelist, I am fascinated by how small events, a chance meeting, an illness, can change the course of an entire life. The grandmother I never knew, Marie Foley, died five years before I was born. She was only 63 years old and had had a hard life. When she […]

ESSAY: Makin’ Sugar Through Climate Change

by Burr Morse EAST MONTPELIER — Whoaa…I’m standing here freezing to death on this pre-Christmas day, and they’re tellin’ me the planet is warmin’ up…What’s going on here? That’s right, our world these days is as wacky as the weather and that’s the way I’ll choose to describe both… wacky! First of all, I’m not […]

ESSAY: Election Day: A Quiet, Steady Count

The story of a director of elections in this year’s presidential race by Matthew Maitland Thomas Shortly after 1 a.m., Nov. 9, Christopher Thomas left his office at the Bureau of Elections in Lansing, Michigan, the state capital, and made the two-hour drive to Detroit. The state was too close to call. The entire national […]

ESSAY: Food and Family — Navigating New Holiday Traditions

by Holly Day From the time I began eating solid food, my parents stressed its importance. My mom — sentimental and with few cooking skills — loved the way food brought people together. My dad — a foodie with a fast metabolism — loved to eat. Every Sunday my mom would grocery shop. Later, my […]

ESSAY: The Day I Kicked A Murderer

ESSAY: The Day I Kicked A Murderer

by Brianna Stallings According to South Carolina serial killer Donald Henry Gaskins (better known as “Pee Wee” because of his 5’4” frame), the first time he ever heard his real name was in a courtroom. He was 15. Pee Wee had other nicknames during his life: “Junior Parrott,” “The Redneck Charles Manson” and infamously, “The […]

ESSAY: Nearby Frontiers

by Matthew Maitland Thomas The house was in a small, weed-choked town on the very outer rim of a tiny metropolis. Not far away there was a shuttered factory. Within sight of the factory was the ruin of a granary. On the main drag there was a Dairy Queen. Across from the DQ was a […]