Byline: By Naomi Shulman

Friday Takeaway: Well-Directed

9/6/19

A couple weeks ago, I found myself back in my old stomping grounds, the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. If you’ve never been there, I promise you it...

“Nice” is an odd word. Ostensibly sweet, it often leaves a sour aftertaste. “Nice guys finish last.” “No more Mr. Nice Guy.” No offense to any...

Friday Takeaway: ‘The Giving Tree’

6/6/19

Remember Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree”? A tree loves a little boy. She loves him enough, in fact, that she willingly gives herself to the...

Friday Takeaway: Rigged

4/11/19

There aren’t many positive things to be said about the recent college admissions scandal — you know, the one where rich (and in some cases, famous)...

Friday Takeaway: What's in a name?

3/14/19

When I gave birth to my daughters, one of the first things the nurses did was ask their father and me what their names were. We spelled out the...

Friday Takeaway: Lessons in adulting

2/14/19

When I was a middle-schooler, everyone had to take at least one Home Economics class. My cooler peers complained, but secretly I liked it. I still...

KonMari? It’s complicated

1/17/19

The holidays are over and a deep freeze has settled over the valley. It’s cold out there, and dark by 5:30 pm; snuggling in front of the TV with a...

Friday Takeaway: X-ed out

12/21/18

I’m getting my teeth cleaned. I come every six months, which means almost half the time I visit here, the office is strewn with tinsel and...

I wish every day were Election Day. I wish every day were a day when most people I know are jazzed about showing up for their community, about...

Friday takeaway: Flu shots

10/25/18

A couple weeks ago, several people posted a particular meme to my Facebook page. “This was made for you” was their consensus. The meme in question?...

The news cycle has been hitting women hard these past couple of weeks. I know survivors of rape and assault who are avoiding radio and TV right now...

Friday Takeaway: The Last First Day

8/31/18

The evenings are — or soon will be — crisper; the crickets are singing more loudly. A leaf turns yellow, and before you know it, a yellow school...

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