Essays

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 […]

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 […]