Essays

ESSAY: Be Thankful for Floodplains

by Roy Schiff and Jessica Louisos We all should be more thankful for floodplains — the flat areas next to rivers onto which the water spills during a flood. We live, eat, shop and play in our floodplains. They store floodwaters to keep us safer. They capture sediment and take up nutrients to protect the […]

ESSAY: Still Life with Water

by Matthew Maitland Thomas Somewhere, as a child, I saw a painting of a harbor at twilight. The boats were neglected in their slips. The lines mooring them to the crumbling docks were frayed and slack. The cranes were idle. Sea birds perched on weathered, tilting pilings, which would someday (any day now) fall over […]

ESSAY: Elemental

by Melissa Perley I make my way down the crooked, wooden stairs, arms full of colorful towels, a canvas bag stuffed with sunscreen and snacks and my faded folding chair. My dog beats me to the bottom and darts off toward the water. Barefoot, I hobble awkwardly over the stoney beach looking for the perfect perch. […]

ESSAY: On Chickens

ESSAY: On Chickens

From The Breeze by Hannah Eschelbach They smell bad. They screech during test time. Inescapably loud. Sometimes they escape and chase innocent, frightened freshmen. They will eat the garden if you let them roam around. With all the murals on the walls and people playing guitars right there in the hallways, this is a weird […]

Not Not Prepared

by Hannah Eschelbach When I started to write this, I did not think “What am I even going to write about?” Now, I am not proceeding by just winging it; I had it all figured out beforehand. For you see, I am a teenager. It’s not like I don’t even know what I’m doing tomorrow […]

ESSAY: The Coming of Green

by Daniel  A.  Neary Jr. Between the whites of the melting snows and the whites of blooming apple blossoms, the green comes to Vermont. Usually in early May, it rolls northward and upward saturating the fields, bushes and trees with verdure. Naturalist Way Teale says spring green creeps northward at the average rate of about […]

ESSAY: The Coming of  Green

ESSAY: The Coming of Green

Below is an essay about the annual march of spring as the whites, browns and grays are overtaken by green. by Daniel  A.  Neary Jr. Between the whites of the melting  snows and  the whites of blooming apple blossoms, the green comes to Vermont. Usually in early May, it rolls northward and upward saturating  the […]

Cold Weather, Hard State

by Peter Miller Editor’s Note: The following opinion piece was first released to Vermont Digger on March 27, 2014. As released, Peter Miller’s opinion piece opened with a few paragraphs that described the punishing, relentless winter just passed. As we publish Peter Miller’s piece for our April 17 issue, the hardest part of the 2013-2014 […]

Love and Constancy in Montpelier

Al and Phyllis Merritt on Their 66-Year Marriage by Jerry Carter The other day, I had the privilege to sit down with Al and Phyllis Merritt at their lovely home in Westview Meadows to talk about love, marriage and growing old together. Al and Phyllis have been married 66 years, and in a time when […]

Helping Hands Feed Hungry Hearts: Radio Diaries

Helping Hands Feed Hungry Hearts: Radio Diaries

The Hungry Heart Radio Diaries Courtesy of Kingdom County Productions Photos by Carley Stevens-McLaughlin Radio Diaries Courtesy of Kingdom County Productions Addiction Is Illness An interview with two mothers of addicts on how communities help and hinder the process of recovery. Mother 1: There’s a lot of people who look down on addicts. It’s not […]