Vermont

Bus Trip South

I got dropped off at the greyhound bus stop at the Burlington Airport at 1:30 in the morning. The greyhound sign was hard to see at the tail end of the departure airline stops. It was also the middle of the night. Luckily my brother’s nocturnal schedule accommodates 1 am drop offs. Taking my bags out of his Isuzu trooper I started to get the feeling that I maybe should have packed a little lighter. Had it really been that…

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Burlington Occupation Ends in November

Peace and harmony of the Burlington Occupy were disrupted on the evening of November 9th, 2011. Just near where I was standing that same evening, a man shot and killed himself. The front man for the gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello is from Vermont. Eugene Hutz now lives in the city, but grew up in Burlington. The native Ukrainian and his family first moved to the state in the early 1990s. The Burlington Free Press reported on Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hutz description of…

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A place of lively comfort

The train whistle is familiar but muted as we glide along the tracks in New England from Penn Station in New York to my family home in Vermont. I go for the last time to visit the house I grew up in. My parents are thinking of selling it and I am headed out of the country, so I want to see the walls that kept childhood memories intact for all my return visits my whole adult life, one last…

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Benedictine Monk Easter Sunday

Easter celebration began before dawn. The turnoff was easy to miss but I saw the sign pop out of the woods before we got there. My sister and I had gotten up at almost four a.m. to make the five o’clock Easter Sunday vigil held by the Benedictine Monks at the Weston Priory. It only takes a half hour to get there, from my family home in Rutland, if you know where you’re going. Making a quick right turn off…

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