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Commentary Series: Parini: Iraq Anniversary
Tuesday, 03/26/13
By Jay Parini
The tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq passed recently, and Jay Parini has been thinking about the consequences of that war.
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Commentary Series: Parini: Cultivate Leisure
Sunday, 03/03/13
By Jay Parini
And now we turn to our Sunday Essay, in which Jay Parini reflects on the meaning of essays themselves.
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Commentary Series: Parini: The Christmas Story
Tuesday, 12/25/12
By Jay Parini
As Christmas arrives once again, Jay Parini remembers hearing the Christmas story read by his father, and he reflects on the meaning of this birthday, two thousand years ago, and its continuing resonance for more than two billion people around the world.
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Commentary Series: Parini: James Marsh
Wednesday, 11/14/12
By Jay Parini
The arrival of a new president at UVM has Jay Parini thinking back to one of its greatest presidents, James Marsh, an important philosopher in his time and a Founding Father of American Transcendentalism.
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Commentary Series: Parini: Marriage Rights
Wednesday, 05/09/12
By Jay Parini
President Obama endorsed gay marriage on Wednesday. But what got Jay Parini thinking about the topic was how North Carolina voters dealt with what he considers a civil rights issue.
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Commentary Series: Parini: Spring Poetry
Thursday, 04/05/12
By Jay Parini
As spring comes to Vermont, Jay Parini is recalling some of his favorite lines of poetry about this glorious, if sometimes challenging, season of rebirth.
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Commentary Series: Parini: Bombing Iran
Wednesday, 03/07/12
By Jay Parini
Commentator Jay Parini is a poet, novelist, and Professor of English & Creative Writing at Middlebury College. As the world – especially Israel - begins to worry in earnest about Iran’s nuclear capabilities, he's started thinking about the consequences of invading yet another country in the Middle East.
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Commentary Series: Parini: Know Nothing Legacy
Thursday, 12/01/11
By Jay Parini
Given the recent gaffes of presidential candidates and lack of effective action in Congress, commentator Jay Parini has been wondering if, indeed, it really matters what our leaders think or say.
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Commentary Series: Parini: Looking for Context
Thursday, 11/03/11
By Jay Parini
In an effort to understand the financial turmoil of recent years, and the movement called Occupy Wall Street, commentator Jay Parini decided to try to put it all in context.
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Commentary Series: Parini: Poets Of The People
Thursday, 09/15/11
By Jay Parini
It isn't every day that a poet makes the headlines, but commentator Jay Parini says that was the case recently - and not just once, but twice.
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Commentary Series: Parini: Vernal Pools
Thursday, 04/28/11
By Jay Parini
As April comes to a close, and spring advances, commentator Jay Parini has been contemplating the importance of poetry.
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Commentary Series: Parini: The Value Of Teachers
Thursday, 02/24/11
By Jay Parini
Commentator Jay Parini has been watching the contest between Governor Scott Walker and the teachers of Wisconsin, and thinking about how we value our teachers in Vermont.
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Commentary Series: Parini: Books Do Furnish A Room
Monday, 02/07/11
By Jay Parini
E-books are gaining in popularity.  But commentator Jay Parini has a preference for what you might call "real' books.  So for him, the Kindle and other new-tech readers are problematic.
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Commentary Series: Parini: Gun Control
Monday, 01/17/11
By Jay Parini
In the wake of the tragedy in Tucson, the subject of gun laws has come up again - as commentator Jay Parini thinks it should.
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Commentary Series: Parini: 9/11 - The Aftermath
Friday, 09/10/10
By Jay Parini
Commentator Jay Parini has been thinking about 9/11 and its aftermath on the eve on its ninth anniversary.
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Commentary Series: Parini: We Come Bearing Gifts
Friday, 12/25/09
By Jay Parini
To commentator Jay Parini, the tradition of giving gifts during the holiday season has more to do with hope than materialism.
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Commentary Series: Parini: Thoughts on the Nobel Prize
Monday, 10/12/09
By Jay Parini
Along with most of the rest of the world, commentator Jay Parini had a complex series of reactions when he heard that President Obama was to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace.
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Commentary Series: Parini: Shouting at the President
Tuesday, 09/15/09
By Jay Parini
Commentator Jay Parini has been thinking about the outbreak by Congressman Joe Wilson during the president's address last week to a joint session of Congress.
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Commentary Series: Parini: On cosmic ambiguity
Wednesday, 06/17/09
By Jay Parini
Recently, commentator Jay Parini went out to water the garden, only to find himself confronting life, death and a little cosmic ambiguity.
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Commentary Series: Parini: Remembering Ed Lathem
Monday, 05/25/09
By Jay Parini
A long-time literary figure at Dartmouth has died. And commentator Jay Parini has this remembrance.
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Commentary Series: Resolutions
Thursday, 01/01/09
By Jay Parini
This year, commentator Jay Parini resolves to actually keep his New Year's resolutions.
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Commentary Series: Name That Boat
Monday, 07/21/08
By Jay Parini
Commentator Jay Parini is a teacher, novelist, biographer and poet - with a special fondness for boats - and the names people give them.
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Commentary Series: Fifth Anniversary
Wednesday, 03/19/08
By Jay Parini
On this Fifth Anniversary of the War in Iraq, commentator, poet and teacher Jay Parini reflects on this particular war - and war in general.
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Commentary Series: The Home of Pablo Neruda
Tuesday, 11/13/07
By Jay Parini
Commentator Jay Parini recently traveled to the coast of Chile, where poet Pablo Neruda lived - and is buried. It was a trip that brought back memories - and inspired reflection.
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Commentary Series: The boat
Tuesday, 08/14/07
By Jay Parini
For commentator Jay Parini, boating is a recently acquired summertime pleasure.
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