Essays

Honoring Howard

Honoring Howard

by Thomas Christopher Greene A year ago last weekend, I stood on the stage in Alumni Hall at the Vermont Book Award Gala and called the audience’s attention to Howard Frank Mosher, an iconic Vermont novelist and a friend of mine. The spotlight moved to Howard, and he stood in a room full of people […]

ESSAY: Slavery Much Worse than Indentured Servitude

by Peter Kelman, Montpelier (This essay is in response to an opinion piece by Roberta Harold, that appeared in the September 7–September 20 issue of The Bridge) I’d like to commend the excellent opinion piece “The Civil War Isn’t Over. It Isn’t Even Civil” by Roberta Harold. I would like to add to Ms. Harold’s […]

ESSAY: Up Close in a Fruit and Nut Tree Nursery

ESSAY: Up Close in a Fruit and Nut Tree Nursery

by Adam Beisnow ELMORE — It is a fabulous Vermont Sunday morning. At the Worcester gas station, around the side of the cafe in a grassy field, my friends Ethan Hubbard and Gwenivere Roolf  are waiting. Dogs Oona and Lucy are sniffing about. Everyone piles into Hubbard’s car and we head north on Route 12. […]

ESSAY: Colorado’s Lessons for Recreational Marijuana Legalization

ESSAY: Colorado’s Lessons for Recreational Marijuana Legalization

While Vermont has been moving towards becoming the first state to legalize recreational marijuana through the legislature — as opposed to through a voter initiative — some proponents of legalization have advocated learning from the experience of states that have already legalized marijuana, before following in their footsteps. An opportunity for research arose on a […]

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 […]