Essays

Consider Serving on Your School Board: Make a Difference for Children

by Stephen Dale Public education is foundational to our democracy. It is the way that we assure our children acquire the skills, information and understanding that will equip them to thrive in their personal and work lives and to contribute to life in a free society. In Vermont, our schools are better than those in […]

New Ensemble at Goddard College Performs Body Politic

by Ken Russell Haybarn Summer Theatre Ensemble (HaSTE) inaugural performance took place at Goddard on Saturday July 13 with a staged reading of Body Politic, by Jessica Goldberg. In one week, actors went from script to performance of Goldberg’s one-act play, which portrays the relationship between a vet of the Iraq War and a reporter. […]

The Search for the Enchanted Valley

The Search for the Enchanted Valley

by Michael T. Jermyn A few years ago while cruising around in my battered Volvo looking for interesting relics to photograph, I discovered a beautiful valley. A place so magnificent and untouched I couldn’t believe that I had never found it before as it was relatively close to home. It was just a narrow valley, yet […]

Driving in Mud Season

Driving in Mud Season   by Colette Kelly This spring I discovered the sensation of feeling the bottom of my car (OK, my mom’s car) scrape against ridges in the road, as the wheels slithered deeper and deeper into deep, squishy ruts. For the first time, I felt the inevitable slip and slide of a […]

Toward a Sustainable Regional Cinema

Toward a Sustainable Regional Cinema

by Jay Craven My new film, Northern Borders, marks the completion of my quintet of films based on fiction by Northeast Kingdom writer Howard Frank Mosher. I live in the Kingdom and began this journey 26 years ago, when I tried to option the rights for Disappearances, which were tied up. So, I set my […]

Of Dogs and People: City Residents Discuss the Rights of Canines in Hubbard Park

Of Dogs and People: City Residents Discuss the Rights of Canines in Hubbard Park

by Ivan Shadis Questions about the fair use of Hubbard Park have recently been raised, as the drama surrounding a survey concerned with dog aggression in the park, issued by the Parks Commission this winter, continues to unfold. Has one group, specifically dog walkers, grown too large and unruly, and are they in danger of […]

ESSAY: To View or Not to View: A Preview of Promising Films

by John O’Brien As shoppers, why do we pick one product over another? If we know the product and like it, that’s one thing, but what makes us select, when given the choice, unknown A instead of unknown B? Looking through the 16th Annual Green Mountain Film Festival’s catalog of coming attractions, I circled the […]