My son Abe was diagnosed with a very rare bone cancer in his leg in December of his senior year of high school (Read about Abe's experience in the article titled, "Patience and Persistence.") The normal excitement and milestones...
At the beginning of my third trimester, I failed the glucose tolerance test. Every pregnant person takes it and the grade is either pass or fail. I failed the super glucose tolerance test, too. I spent a whole morning at...
At my last physical my doctor told me I needed to schedule my first routine colonoscopy. My immediate reaction was that at 45, I am way too young to have a colonoscopy. I was surprised to learn that the...
For many of us, the time has come to start prepping for our kids to leave for college. Shopping lists may include shampoo, soap, shower caddy, mattress pad, storage bins, extra long sheets, travel mug, desk lamp, fan, etc....
Here I am, approaching my late 30s, glaring in the mirror at a face that’s a little different than it was ten years ago. Heck, it’s probably different than it was a year ago. Three kids and a pandemic...
Girl, you are crazy! That is the reaction I get when a friend or family member learns about my new hobby. “You seriously go into freezing water... in the middle of winter in Vermont... for fun?” I hate being cold, so...
I was 30 years old the first time I heard about PMDD, or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. I gave birth to my third child 10 months prior, and during my c-section, I had a tubal ligation done. No more birth control,...
I’m a little excited for the mask mandates to be lifted. I enjoy imagining a world in which my children begin to interact with their peers again without having to shield their faces. Where I can easily convey a...
I started lifting weight at age 48 because I wanted to tone up. The program I used happened to include barbell work; in particular, what powerlifters call the big three competition lifts: back squats, bench presses, and (shown here) deadlifts. I...
We all know that exercise is important for our health. However, exercise is hard to fit into our schedules. I'm more likely to work out in the mornings, but I also have a hard time waking up early. In the...
Please note: Brianna's experience and the medical care she received are not medical guidelines and are intended for informational and anecdotal purposes only. Please speak with your medical care provider if you are not well.  As a medically complex adult...
Today, I was mindlessly scrolling my feed during lunch break, liking all sorts of things, from puppy videos to monologs, when – wham! – I was smacked right in the face with something I work actively to avoid. It was...
In January 2020, we didn't anticipate that COVID-19 would be impacting us for years. Yet here we are, starting 2022 with several COVID vaccines, some potential treatments for COVID infection, and knowledge about how to avoid COVID infection. It's...
When society was so critical about my skinny jeans and crop tops, I had to wonder, where were they with regard to khaki pants of business casual? Ladies, let’s turn the script from an attack against feminine style to...

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2022 Vermont Holiday Activities for the Whole Family

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Welcome to the sometimes cold but always delightful Vermont holiday season! Whether you stay close to home or decide to take a tour of the...