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Greg Dennis

Greg Dennis has written 136 posts for Between the Lines

Coronavirus in Vermont, Boomers and Millennials

“Trump said Monday that the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States could last until July or August … one day after he said the virus was under control.” –Washington Post, March 16, 2020 Some impressions from the Early Coronavirus Era: Covid-19 has created a serious crisis around the globe — and it’s also exposed … Continue reading

When Boomers Go Skiing

We were booting up in the main lodge at Sugarbush on a recent weekday when Carol looked around at our fellow skiers.  There was a lot of gray hair. Ever the joker, she wanted to know, “Do only old people ski here?” On weekdays, I said, that’s pretty much the crowd at Sugarbush. The resort’s popular Boomer … Continue reading

The Dirty Practice of Burning Wood

My neighbor and I are at the northwest corner of my three acres, clearing out buckthorn. We stack that prickly invasive into piles of brambly cover for birds and other critters. We’re clearing out the buckthorn to provide a more gracious procession of big oak trees into our neighboring properties. But we also have other … Continue reading

Why Marijuana Is the New Zucchini

Of all the things I thought I’d never see in this life — gay marriage, the Red Sox winning the World Series, Donald Trump as president — legal marijuana tops the list. Continue reading

Finding Hope Amid Climate Change — and the Global Climate Strike

In the race against time that is the worldwide effort to avoid the worst of climate change, there’s a lot to despair. Sometimes it seems every day brings more bad news about the seeming inevitability of global heating, food shortages and chaotic mass migrations. But for today, let’s look on the bright side. A week … Continue reading

Progressives Ponder the Perfect Candidate

There’s a new parlor game among progressives these days, a question we often ask each other: Do you have a favorite candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination? Let’s call it “Worried Liberals Frantically Search for a Credible Candidate Who Won’t Sell Them Out.” But it’s challenging to find a favorite among the approximately 75 hopefuls. … Continue reading

Why I’m Running for President

News item from the N.Y. Times: “Joe Sestak, a former Navy admiral and congressman from Pennsylvania, said he was joining the crowded field of Democratic candidates running for president in 2020 … Mr. Sestak became the 24th Democratic candidate running for president. “His announcement came later than those of the other Democratic candidates. He said … Continue reading

Music for a Desert Island

If you were to be stranded on a desert island, what would you want to take with you? BBC Radio has been asking that question for nearly 80 years. The show’s guests, known as “castaways,” are interviewed about what eight pieces of music, along with one book and one luxury item, they would choose to accompany … Continue reading

Taking the Next Steps on Climate Change

The future launches at you in the most unexpected ways. It happened to some of us a few years ago when the climate movement suddenly took wing in Vermont. As the climate crisis now grows ever more dire, the movement is shifting into higher gear. That’s reason to reflect on all the changes and where … Continue reading

John Lennon, from Sedition to Stamp

America is the great cultural appropriator. What used to be taboo is now commonplace. The once incendiary is mainstream. Back in the 1930s it was a national language controversy when Vivien Leigh, in a scene from Gone with the Wind, asked Clark Gable, “Where shall I go? What shall I do?” and he replied, “Frankly, … Continue reading

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