In my early years,
this stone rolled and rolled,
and there are only a few pebbles left from that time.
How beautiful when they roll full circle and meet again in new ways!
I remember when we first met
on a bitterly cold late afternoon
with the forever-familiar smell of winter riding ring dirt filling my nostrils
and hearkening to first rides at five years old
and the unique freezer of New England indoor arena seeping into my bones.
You were like a bird -
my favorite, the Wren -
with sharp, flashing eyes,
an equally-sharp beautiful nose I envied,
and infinite wren-brown hair pinned up on your petite head,
with a quickness of voice
and a penetrating curiosity.
And you took us in hand -
my father and me -
leading us to your warm nest
from the old place we'd landed on the cove
in a forced trek back East from a surreal year
waiting for my Pacific Northwest horse
to step off the industrial-looking truck-trailer
to become a New Englander
and discover if his thin skin and brittle mind
could weather the seasons of storm and steam
and an infinite array of flying, biting things.
And time passed...
From 14 in 1980 with a whole life ahead,
full of bumps and beauty
to 54 in 2020,
and a memorial service
And I realize you are the only one left,
the only one outside family
who knew me then
in all the awkwardness
and patience of learning and coming to love,
thanks to your birdsong and nurturing care,
a new craft that had a rocky start
with all its germanic exactness
when all I wanted to do was fly and leap and gallop.
How beautiful to realize the preciousness
of this one remaining pebble,
a chip from the life of a stone that rolled and rolled
and finally found home voicing art
and building a nest for the gathering of the
love of words and beauty to bloom.
Founder | The Poartry Project | poartry.org
"building loving worlds through loving words"
Photo at Texas Falls by JC Wayne
Teresa Mares, Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 7pm
First Wednesdays, Zoom Event
Those who put food on our tables disproportionately experience food insecurity in their own homes. For more than seven years, UVM professor Teresa Mares has studied food access among the Latinx farmworker community in Vermont.
Her ethnographic research illuminates the many ways workers sustain themselves and their families while also serving as the backbone of the state’s agricultural economy. This is a First Wednesdays program underwritten by University of Vermont Humanities Center.
Beginning Tuesday, September 29, 2020 until November 20, 2020 all are welcome to join in community BINGO.
Pick up a card at KHL or download it HERE.
Put a mark in the box for each kind of book you read. Each book can only be used once (even if it fits in multiple categories). When you get “BINGO” (five in a row in any direction, including diagonal) turn your card into the library to be entered into a random drawing for a local gift card. Blackout cards (all the spaces filled) will be entered to win twice. Please submit only one BINGO card per person.
Let us know the books you read on the back of the card (optional) and we will share the lists (anonymously) with the public.
Enjoy! Questions? Email:
Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip Virtual Screening & Talkback
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 7:00-8:30pm
Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip takes us across the United States to explore the obstacles and opportunities to achieving clean, renewable energy. What might we learn from Jonathan Scott's journey? Why don’t more Americans have the choice to go solar?
Come together for a virtual Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip featuring a talkback with director and Property Brothers’ host and home expert Jonathan Scott and film protagonists, Deenise Becenti, Public Affairs Manager, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, and others.
This event is hosted by Indie Lens Pop-Up and The Climate Reality Project, in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
https://bit.ly/JSPT-OVEE-RSVP to watch Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip from the comfort and safety of your home.
How the U.S. Police Got Militarized: A Global Story
League of Women Voters Policing to Public Safety Lecture Series
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 7pm
As both policing specialists and everyday citizens have observed, the police in America are armed to the teeth. How did militarized policing become a norm in America? This talk will go beyond national history and take stock of global forces at work. In so doing, we might think about how foreign affairs and activities in far off lands can have direct effects on our local neighborhoods, towns, and cities.
Amit Prakash is Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Co-Assistant Director of the First Year Seminar Program at Middlebury College. He specializes in the history of colonialism, policing, and immigration politics with a focus on France.
To register for this talk click HERE.
Sarah Stewart Taylor & Miciah Bay Gault
Friday, November 13, 2020 7-8pm
Bear Pond Books and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library present authors Sarah Stewart Taylor & Miciah Bay Gault in conversation about Taylor's new mystery, The Mountains Wild. With a reading and Q&A.
Free and open to the public via Zoom, register HERE.
Happy Café with Dawn Holtz
Thursday, November 19, 2020 6:30-7:30pm
Dawn Holtz, Director of the Milarepa Center, is a registered facilitator with Action for Happiness and will host a presentation and discussion, Happy Café.
Happy Café is a place where those seeking happier lives for themselves and others can connect with each other over coffee/tea and learn science-based skills for enhancing psychological well-being. These skills are set out in the Ten Keys to Happier Living, which include developing good relationships, doing good for others, taking a positive approach, trying out new things and being comfortable with who you are.
Register in advance for this meeting at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Homeschooling Panel with Rebecca Majoya
Monday, October 26, 2020
Rebecca Majoya, author of Make the Move to Home School and a panel of homeschooling families to discuss topics like socialization, curriculums, schedules, and homeschooling during Covid.
For homeschooling resources available at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, contact Outreach Coordinator, Heather Kralik, at OutreachKHL@kellogghubbard.org
Mindful Self Compassion in Difficult Times:
A Talk with Venerable Amy Miller
October 22, 2020
This is the perfect moment to lean into the suffering (even when our instinctual tendencies tell us to run) to gain a broader, healthier perspective. Enjoy the YouTube video of this talk. Presented with the Milarepa Center.
Hunting, Fishing & Foraging Panel
October 16, 2020
In case you missed this program with Corey Hart, education specialist for the Let’s Go Fishing program, Nicole Meier, Hunter Education Program Coordinator, and Abigail Serra, game warden for the Rutland area, here is a YouTube video of the zoom event.
Part of the Food in Your Backyard program www.RootedinVermont.org
Pride Poetry Reading
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Poets James Crews, Judith Chalmer, Holly Painter, and Linda Quinlan gave an inspired poetry reading in honor of Pride Month. They shared original work and took questions after. Forgive the abrupt start to the video...there were Zoom connection issues that meant the recording started well into the first speaker's reading (James Crews). Apologies!
Climate Change Speaker Series
Beth Sawin - Systems, Climate and the Way Forward
Wed 5/13/2020 6:30–8 pm
Online via Zoom
Addressing climate change and recovery from the coronavirus epidemic requires skillful action at all scales, from the local to global. With insights from models of complex adaptive systems, Dr. Elizabeth Sawin www.ClimateInteractive.org spoke about how small insightful actions can lead to big results driven by the power of interconnection, feedback loops, and self-organization. A partial recording of her talk is available here.
Alan Betts "Climate Crisis: Facing Uncertainties with Vision"
Online via Zoom
Alan Betts of Atmospheric Research discussed the uncertainties in what will happen to our global climate and whether we will show the collective imagination, vision, and resistance to create a sustainable future. Dr. Alan Betts of Atmospheric Research in Pittsford is Vermont’s leading climate scientist. He is a frequent speaker on climate change issues around the state and has worked on climate change adaptation planning for Vermont. He spoke via Zoom on April 28, 2020 and the talk can be viewed here.
Bill McKibben: The Climate Movement, Close to Home and Far Afield—How Can We Get Big Change Fast?
Bill McKibben was going to speak at Montpelier High School on March 31, but unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 virus and the Governor's wise decision to try to flatten the curve in Vermont, the only way to ensure Bill could safely do his presentation was to record it. His talk has been recorded by Bob Farnham and can be watched on YouTube.
Special thanks to: Hunger Mountain Co-op, Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Montpelier High School, Center for Sustainable Systems, Sustainable Montpelier Coalition, North Branch Nature Center, Bob The Green Guy, and Bill McKibben