BEYOND THE LISTS
Ginger Van Breadnikov Circus: That was the winning artistic installation in The Family Place’s annual Gingerbread Festival. The Wallis family’s inspired and intricate piece of work–apparently filled with in-jokes, if you happen to have had a kid at the Van Lodostov circus camp the past few summers–tops a whimsical gallery of this year’s creations on the Family Place website.
What’s a Nice White-Eyed Vireo Like You Doing In a Place Like This? Tom Slayton, former editor of Vermont Life, devotes his column this week on VTDigger.com to Norwich’s Vermont Center for Ecostudies and its database of bird sightings, known as Vermont eBird. It’s an in-depth story that starts with that wayward white-eyed vireo…
And Speaking of In-Depth… After last Friday’s item on single-payer I swore I’d drop it as a subject. But today, Vox‘s Sarah Kliff is out with “How Vermont’s single-payer health care dream fell apart.” It’s long, but if you want to understand not just how things fell apart, but what single-payer means, why it’s hard, how it all fits into the national and international health policy world… in other words, if you want to understand this entire episode in well-explained context, this is the one article for you.
ON THE LISTS
Mad Mirth, long Eating, hard Drinking: That, according to Cotton Mather, summed up the celebration of Christmas. Which is why the Puritans outlawed it in 1659. You can learn about this and lots more on how Christmas has been celebrated in these parts (defined a little broadly) for the last 350 years on Larry Coffin’s Upper Valley history blog, “In Times Past.” Larry’s post to the Bradford listserv today notes it’s one of the most popular essays on his site.
Making Progress. David Brown over in Woodstock is up with a thorough post today on how ECFiber is doing, both in general and around South Woodstock in particular. The short version: It’s growing. And ifthe earful that Rep. Jim Masland was getting in the wake of last week’s FairPoint outage in Thetford was any indication, it may be growing some more.
This weekend. Hard, I know, to look past Thursday, but there’s lots on hand for the weekend: Hanoverand Hartford girls’ hockey; jugglers, contortionists, trapeze artists and more near Stowe; and a showing in Hartland of “Ivory Tower,” the new crisis-in-higher-education documentary by the same guy who did “Page One: Inside the New York Times” a few years back.