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Greg Dennis

Greg Dennis has written 134 posts for Between the Lines

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

Sex, Skiing and Weed

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the sex expert, says that skiers make the best lovers. “They don’t sit in front of a television like couch potatoes,” she explained. “They take a risk and they wiggle their behinds. They also meet new people on the ski lift.” She might have added that skiers get the health benefits of … Continue reading

Climate Change and Town Meeting

Nearly three-quarters of Americans now agree that global warming is a real thing. But a recent national survey also found that a majority would not be willing to spend $10 a month to address climate change. Many local voters may be among those who wouldn’t be willing to pay extra, even to help stop this … Continue reading

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