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Truth or Dare…?

The First Wednesdays series held at the Brownell Library drew a crowd this week. The main room of the library was packed with community members interested to hear author and Middlebury professor Jay Parini speak about the truths and dares of writing historical fiction. I sat in the back with Jay’s son Oliver; who as…

Fern — resurrected?

In this Lenten time, it was quite appropriate that I was gifted a Resurrection Fern. Knowing nothing about this kind of fern, I happily accepted the gift last weekend. It appeared quite dead at first — dried and crispy, with little bits falling off here and there. The only instructions were to soak it in…

NENPA 2013

The 2013 NENPA conference was held at the Park Plaza in Boston, Mass. last weekend. Quite a few Champlain Valley Newspaper Group staff members attended the 2-day event packed with seminars, workshops and experts in the media industry. Elsie Lynn, Susan Bondaryk, Kelly March and Kelly Malone were your representatives from the Essex community. What…

Read and review

Life of Pi… no not the movie   If you were ever taunted as a child “Life of Pi” will resonate with you in the opening pages when protagonist Piscine Molitor Patel is hailed “Pissing.” I myself was “Elsie the Cow.” Immediately more intelligent than me, Piscine reclaims his identity by adopting his own nickname:…