In Musing: In the dirt – Dreams of gardening

CAROLE VASTA FOLLEY Once upon a time, I wanted to be a gardener. Tending rows of vegetables bursting off the vine and basking over beds of hydrangea, these were the stuff of dreams back when I thought chlamydia was a plant. I envisioned growing all my own vegetables, spending sunny days in the backyard, plotting… Read More »

Help is Here: Bullying is never OK – here’s help

BETH HOLDEN Many kids look forward to the start of a new school year so they can catch up with friends and resume activities. For others, a new school year may trigger worry. Sometimes these feelings can be intense, like anxiety or fear. Bullying may be one reason kids show signs of resisting the start… Read More »

In Musing: After Midnight – what pets bring to our lives

CAROLE VASTA FOLLEY Midnight passed. He was the eldest dog in the neighborhood. The sage, the one who’d amble down the lane for his daily walk, deliberately, with a kind of elder regality. My neighbor, Jane, Midnight’s mom, is crestfallen. You see, he was her constant companion, not just in the everyday rituals of dog… Read More »

View from the Bench: How pro bono works

SUZANNE BROWN After 32 years as a practicing attorney handling various family issues, I now sit “behind the bench” serving as one of the two Chittenden Superior Court Assistant Judges. Thank you for electing me to this four-year term position. Family Court is a very busy court. I’m sure that you may have friends or… Read More »

Help is Here: Understanding childhood trauma

Help is Here: Understanding childhood trauma

By MICHELLE FANE Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. We learn and grow with each challenge. When things that happen to us — or around us — become traumatic, life can take a turn for the worse. Childhood trauma is a term that refers to any stress that puts a child’s physical, social,… Read More »

The Worry Factor

The Worry Factor

By CAROLE VASTA FOLLEY Worry. It’s something I worry about. If it were an Olympic event, I’m certain I’d place in the top 10, possibly medal. I come from a long line of champion worriers but wouldn’t be so arrogant to declare I was the best. It’d be sheer hubris to assume I’d be on… Read More »

The View from Here: Introduction to our readers

The View from Here: Introduction to our readers

By LEE KAHRS Shelburne News Hello, I’m the new managing editor of this newspaper, and this is an occasional column you will see in Shelburne News and The Citizen from time to time. I come to you via Brandon, a town of roughly 5,000, of artists and families and farmers and woodworkers nestled between Middlebury… Read More »

More than the blues – many layers to depression and its treatment

More than the blues – many layers to depression and its treatment

By Dr. JOSEPH LASEK, MD Everyone experiences sadness, which is a normal and healthy reaction to stressful life events.  However, in any given year, nearly a quarter of all adults experience some form of depression. When does ordinary sadness become concerning? When does it require professional attention? Depression is a persistent, disabling state during which… Read More »