My Vermont Essays
In April, 2008, for our special series, My Vermont, VPR posed some questions to listeners: What do you value about living in Vermont? What do you see as the advantages and challenges of living here? We asked people to send us their thoughts in 200 words or less. They came in from all over the state and helped shape a multi-part project that looked at Vermont's future. Some listeners recorded their essays for broadcast. All this week, VPR is airing select essays during Morning Edition, Vermont Edition and All Things Considered.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Jim says it's challenging to live anywhere. Every place has its own inherent
strengths and disappointing drawbacks. The key is how we, as a community,
choose to respond to either.
Read and listen to Jim's My Vermont Essay »
Sarah Jo Willey, Bakersfield
Sarah's Vermont is connection, community, family, the deep comfortable roots of home.
Maxine Leary, Montpelier
Maxine Leary wrote this poem especially for a nephew who grew up in Montpelier but at the time was working overseas. She thinks a Vermonter's life-story and geography resemble each other, so the poem has many layers of meaning.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Kate Cadreact, Milton
Kate's overriding concern is that only the highly paid and wealthy individuals will have adequate housing, heat, nutritional food, and the privilege of serving the community.
Lali Cobb, West Pawlet
Lali says that in an era when most Americans have forgotten the history of the food they eat the cycle in Vermont continues for all to see, and be inspired by.
Becka Roolf, Montpelier
Becka loves the freedom and the community that comes with having a compact approach to transportation and life.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Dot Helling, Montpelier
Dot Helling says the smells, the views, the culture and our way of living are all part of a package that she has yet to find anywhere else on this planet.
Mickey Meyers, Johnson
Mickey says the process of making art, which can be lonely, challenging and complex, is appreciated and fostered here. There is something about the support of the people that steers her, like the stars in the sky, through the journey in her own studio.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Cara Butterly, Montpelier
Cara Butterly's Vermont reminds her of who she is and how much of her character is rooted in this landscape.
Megan Humphrey, Burlington
Megan feels that with a little awareness and hard work by all of us, we can keep the best of the state and change the pieces that need a bit of help.
Josh VanHouten, Richmond
It's been said that "Vermont is what America used to be," and that "in Vermont we live life in the slow lane." Josh says both those statements are true, and he wouldn't have it any other way.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Dawna Neron, Tunbridge
While Dawna often yearns for the Vermont she grew up in, she appreciates that it's still a special place. It's not perfect, but it just may be as perfect as it gets.
Amy Braun, Rochester
Amy has noticed a unique phenomenon here in Vermont: "The Wave." She says it's a special part of life in a small state.
Alice Outwater, Burlington
After moving to Vermont, Alice grew to appreciate Vermonters' no-nonsense values, their work ethic, their reserve, their basic kindness and pioneer spirits.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Cara Cookson, Sharon
Cara has found herself wondering if she could belong to an illicit counter-culture of young Vermonters who want to live here.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Wendy Jenne, Bridgewater
When Wendy came to Vermont it was only to be for one ski season... that was almost 20 years ago.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
John Reed, Saxtons River
John feels that the biggest concern facing Vermont is the exit of children and youth from all but the Burlington area.