Category Archives: Society

Tweets from Kanye West

Kanye West said something interesting on Twitter this past week: I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought. … I don’t agree 100% with anyone but myself. That … Continue reading

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The Enlightenment Is Working

Steven Pinker had an interesting essay in this past weekend’s Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working Dr. Pinker is a professor of psychology at Harvard University. The essay is adapted from his new book out today: Enlightenment Now: The … Continue reading

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Holocaust Scholarship

The following recent news release is about Holocaust scholarship at the University of Vermont (UVM): Two UVM scholars earn fellowships at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum This is good news. Congratulations to UVM, Associate Professor Susanna Schrafstetter, and Professor Alan Steinweis. … Continue reading

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Backcountry Recreation, Part 2

Over on my other blog, The Switchel Traveler, I wrote about the growing popularity of backcountry recreation in northern New England, especially in Vermont, and including in my home town of Cambridge. See Backcountry Recreation, Part 1. This growing interest … Continue reading

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George Perkins Marsh

George Perkins Marsh has been called the “Father of the American Conservation Movement” because of his seminal book Man and Nature published in 1864. Today his legacy is honored by the Marsh – Billings – Rockefeller National Historic Park encompassing … Continue reading

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Thoughts about the Farm Credit System

One of the themes of this blog is that I sometimes think about public life in terms of three sectors: Government For-profit Not-for-profit I worked for the Farm Credit System for 32 years, retiring at the end of 2016. How … Continue reading

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Cloverdale Presentation

Cloverdale was a distinct, close-knit community mostly in Westford, Vermont, but also including the Putnam Farm in the adjacent town of Cambridge. It lasted for more than 150 years, from 1804 until the 1950s and 1960s when my siblings and … Continue reading

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