A Star is Born

I can remember the day he was born or at least I have a collage of feelings and images that have melded into memory. It was a warm September day and I was out on my bike along with much of the neighborhood. We were all tooling up and down Crabtree Lane, crisscrossing between driveways and each other. The sun was high in the bluest of Autumn skies when my father came driving home, top down in his red convertible, the blaring orchestral music filling the whole of us. Before that day our family was comprised of 3 boys and 2 girls, and I wished for months with fervent prayer to even the teams. I can still picture my father stepping out of his car, beaming with news of the latest son. I turned my wheels fast and headed down the block in defeat, but that sorrow was short lived, because when the bundle did finally arrive home, I was taken in by a kindred spirit.

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Good News Headlines

Sure, headlines these days are not generally constructed to make you smile… (with the exceptions of Governor Gavin Newson handily beating the likes of talk show hosts & reality stars). Most headlines these days grab my stomach and twist it tighter. Flood, drought, misinformation, cynicism, division all churned into fear dominate every media push. But there is a Good News Movement that is shaking the negativity off for a few wonderful moments. Not to ignore the ills, but in the spirit of shifting the focus, I thought I’d share my Good News of the week. Of course that starts with my favorite activity…

 Woman is Still Swimming in Open Water in Chilly Vermont

After a Cold Swim a Woman Celebrates with a Hot Shower

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Year 29

In the early light, is there anything that holds more promise than a school building? Students arrive via bus or car or bike or foot, teachers too, all bringing a tangible energy, filled with all the opportunity in this day. I always smile driving up the hill to this grand building, the original section completed in 1928. I have spent nearly 3 decades working here, discussing story and craft and everything in between with students from 9th grade to 12th. This year that hopeful energy is even more palatable, because we are back full-time and in-person doing whatever is needed to keep our community safe, even graciously donning a mask. Heroes if you ask me as sacrifice has become the norm.

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