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Where our strength lies

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY Over five years ago, in the very first “Circles of Community” column, I wrote: “Humans are innately social, communal and creative creatures, whose ancestors…

Rutland students RISE to the occasion

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY In 1986, the Rutland Ishidoriya Student Exchange, or RISE, sent their first delegation to its sister city in Japan. Celebrating its thirtieth anniversary in…

Giving Kids the Gift of Music: VSO’s Student Insiders

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY Did you know listening to Beethoven can cure headaches?* (*Not a FDA-approved claim.) On Friday evening, my son and I attended a Vermont Symphony…

In a league of its own: League of Vermont Writers

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY Do you have dreams of being a published author? You might want to consider, then, attending the League of Vermont Writers’ Spring Program, being…

Tasting Life in Coffee Shops

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY Life sometimes has a funny way of giving you exactly what you need. Yesterday I found myself with a few hours to kill in…

Speaking out for their lives

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY March 24 was a beautiful day. And I don’t just mean the weather. Yes, it was bright with the early spring sun, and the…

It’s Never Too Late: Ageless Authors Open Reading

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY Is it possible to create a community for older writers in Rutland? This is the question local writer Jean Yeager is hoping to answer,…

CoSA: Support for those making a new start

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY “I believe in second chances if there is genuine investment in changing for the better,” said Marietta Yeager, a volunteer in Rutland’s division of…

Give Yourself a Hygge

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY Writers often hear the advice that they shouldn’t wait for inspiration, that inspiration is gained by putting pen to paper (fingers to keyboard). Some…

Neither snow nor rain…

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY Deep snow. Blowing snow. Ice rain. Pouring rain. Twenty below. Forty above. Bright sun glaring off ice-packed sidewalks. Thick fog loitering in the depressions….