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Read why this small Vermont town has produced more Olympic athletes per capita than any other town in the nation. The author interviews past Olympians who were raised in Norwich and the people who work, teach, and coach these kids. She discovers that these gifted athletes were encouraged to experience multiple sports, participate in activities in which they might enjoy, but not excel in and how the hands-off approach to parenting has worked not only in sports, but in fostering future community leaders. A must read for athletes, coaches, and, especially, parents. ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice
A few years ago my wife and I were planning a trip to coastal Massachusetts. I had gotten her to agree to a detour to the Springfield Armory Museum in Springfield. She wasn’t unhappy about going, but she would not have elected to go of her own accord. While looking for other diversions along the travel route she recalled that the Emily Dickinson Museum was also in Massachusetts. Having majored in English and being a long-time Dickinson fan, she was pleased to find that the Museum is in Amherst, along the I-91 corridor, along the route to Springfield. It was settled. We were going.
I am not a poetry enthusiast and never really have been. There was a brief time in high school when I thought I was, but it didn’t last long. I was exposed to Dickinson in my high school American Literature class but was lucky enough to dodge the poetry bullet in college. Surprisingly, I was not at all down on visiting the Dickinson homestead. (Read More...)
I read this book standing at the counter on a gray VT day. Hopeful and uplifting- this is an inspiring read for the New Year. ~ Reviewed by Martha Cornwell
This is a totally unique and fun little book. Presented as a faux-scrapbook filled with ephemera, Ominum Gatherum follows the adventures of a fictional family as they spend their leisure days in the Adirondacks. Photos, drawings, pressed plants, and more filled the pages in between journal entries, letters, and family-style recipes. A perfect coffee table book for your cabin or home away from home. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll
A beautiful tribute to some salt of the earth Vermonters. The light of our green mountains cannot be extinguished because they are lit with the stories of our elders. I was moved to tears. ~ Reviewed by Martha Cornwell