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gregdennis has written 111 posts for Between the Lines

Dan and Geoff Get Married

Geoff, Carol, Dan and me at the wedding   Dan and I met during a draft counseling session at Middlebury College. We were both freshmen — first-year pups — and at that point he hadn’t even turned 18. As with every young American man of that time, we were facing the prospect of being drafted … Continue reading

Stills, Collins and Judy’s Blue Eyes

Stephen Stills and Judy Collins were always an unlikely couple. When they met, he was a brash kid with a magic touch on the guitar, from a newly broken-up band called Buffalo Springfield. She was one of the reigning queens of folk music. He saw her at the Whiskey a Go-Go in L.A., on a … Continue reading

Autumn, Pretty One More Time

    It was the first week of August when everyone started talking about the end of summer. As if talking about it, a full month ahead of Labor Day, would somewhat prevent the coming of fall.    August brought not the hot weather of most 21st century summers, but more cool and wet. It took … Continue reading

Disaster Films: Trump and Climate Change

It’s still summer, so still a season for disaster films. And we’re in the middle of watching two of them. Let’s call the first one “Trump: The Sequel.” The Donald’s presidency holds daily plot twists. But if you’d paid attention to his past career –bankrupt casinos, Trump “University” and other ripoffs – well, then you … Continue reading

Reality TV for Vermont and Pres. Drumpf

June 2007 MEMO to: Aaron Sorkin FROM: Dirk Diggler RE: Your proposal for new political shows Aaron, baby, I’m so excited to make the shows you’re proposing. Now that it’s mid-2007 and everyone is starting to think about the upcoming 2008 presidential election, I’m sure there’s going to be huge viewership for both shows. Given … Continue reading

How Wind Energy Unites Enviros and Farmers

Environmentalists and advocates for property rights are used to being at odds. Enviros put a priority on preventing damage to the ecosystems that support us. Property rights people are accustomed to reminding us that there should be limits to what the government can force owners to do. But as Vermont moves haltingly toward cleaner energy, … Continue reading

Charles Murray at Middlebury College

March 9, 2017 — The events around author Charles Murray’s appearance on the Middlebury College campus have convulsed both campus and community. As news reports and commentaries have distributed word of the unruly crowd that blocked Murray’s speech, the events have taken on national significance. Protesting students were rightly concerned about abuses sometimes associated with white male … Continue reading

Days and Nights with a Naked Lady

I’ve been playing a lot lately with a naked lady. Well, she’s not completely naked. She’s wearing a G string. Also A, D and B strings, and a high and low E string, too. When the Montreal-based guitar company Mackenzie & Marr decided several years ago to honor folk and western singer-songwriter Ian Tyson with … Continue reading

Is There Cause for Optimism on Trump?

There’s said to be an old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” We are certainly living in interesting times with Donald Trump. I almost wrote “under Donald Trump.” But the evidence has mounted in the chaotic three weeks of this administration of incompetent revolutionaries. And one thing is increasingly clear: While we will … Continue reading

What Liberals Don’t Get about Conservatives

  As we turn the page to another year – and liberals gaze with fear upon the Trump Presidency – it’s worth contemplating how we got here. What fueled the car that has driven us to the edge of a cliff? I’m not talking about tactical mistakes the Clinton campaign made. I’m not referring to … Continue reading

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