My brother has always been a climate skeptic as far as human influence on the climate goes. However, it never stopped him from considering the opportunity that lives in assuming we do have a negative influence.
There’s been a bit of debate over the last several weeks regarding the optimal way to record the minutes of the Brandon Selectboard meetings.
Roundabout late August when I am reminded again of our unreasonably short summers, I usually console myself with the petty comparison that the Northeast Kingdom folks have difficulty even growing tomatoes.
What we do is something called Restorative Justice. If the words are understood individually, you might be amazed at how much you already know about these ideas.
There is an old adage from Spanish philosopher George Santayana, and later Winston Churchill, that says, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” I totally agree with this adage.
If you correspond with me, you may have noticed that the farewell phrase I often end my communications with is “God’s Peace.” Not long ago, someone engaged me about the intent of this phrase, given the vast numbers of individuals and communities whose predominant experience is a real lack of peace.
Even in a small town like Brandon it’s easy to retreat into a bubble of likeminded friends and family and ignore the segments of the community that don’t mesh with our own personal politics and preferences. And so it was heartening to see the entire community on display during the Brandon Independence Day Parade and its related events on Saturday.
R. I. P. We usually associate this acronym with that final “rest” we call death.
As part of the Brandon Independence Day celebration, the seventh-annual world championship Swiss Roll eating competition will be held behind the Brandon Inn at noon on Saturday, July 1.
When we are trying to communicate compassionately with others, one of the biggest roadblocks can be understanding each other’s common humanity.