February 2, 2016: Eye on the Prize: Extra Points

It’s hard to imagine! After more than 500 consecutive successes, the Patriot’s kicker (he who must not be named) misses an extra point in the Conference Championship game. I turned to my buddy Jon and said I hope that doesn’t affect the outcome. It did. The PAT, the Point After Touchdown. We usually take it […]

January 28, 2016: Another in a Series on Hometown Energy Heroes: Middle School Rocks Energy

When South Burlington first decided to enter the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition, Linda McGinnis of the City’s Energy Committee and Vermont’s Energy Action Network gave a talk to the faculty at the FHT Middle School about how school participation was a major component of the City’s effort. Evidently, this talk struck a chord with […]

August 13, 2015: Triple Crown? Really! Third in a series on Hometown Energy Heroes

Horses can win them, although not that often. Baseball players can win them, although not too often. I’m talking Triple Crown, baby, and today I have a winner of an Energy Triple Crown for you. Really! Or should I say Riehle! Horse racing’s Triple Crown is the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. […]

November 5, 2015: The New Fall Classic

It is the end of October and into November – must be World Series time, the so-called “Fall Classic.” It’s a time when fans, from die-hard supporters of their teams to the most casual of baseball followers turn their attention to what’s happening on the field for a glorious week or so. As a kid […]

June 4, 2015: Ten Funniest Ways…

Last week we looked at the 10 BEST ways to save energy, and now, at the request of my Editor, we will explore the 10 FUNNIEST ways to save energy. Remember, Dear Readers, that there is a fine line between Funny and Hilarious, and there is an even finer line between Hilarious and Stupid, and […]

May 21, 2015: Stuff Part Six “How Much is Enough”

A big theme of our mini-series of columns on “stuff” is that all the stuff we use has its costs and its impacts on our psyches and on our environment. But, of course, we really do need a certain amount of stuff to live and, hopefully, to live comfortably and joyfully. The Big Question, then, […]

May 14, 2015: Stuff Part Five, Water: The Drops to Watts Connection

You know, at one time in my life I wished they all could be California girls, but lately I am SOOOO glad not to be staying at the Hotel California. In case you haven’t heard, our West Coast neighbors (and many other western states as well) are in the middle of a severe drought that […]

September 10, 2015: Small is Beautiful

Last month we got a new puppy. Dandylion is tiny – he was only two and a half pounds when we brought him home – but he is completely adorable and curious and fearless and cuddly. He’s small, and small is beautiful. In an earlier column I spoke of Jeremy Rifkin’s book Entropy as one […]

December 10, 2015: Sister City

For the past few weeks, the eyes of the world have been on Paris. First were the horrific terrorist attacks, and now, as I write this, the nations of the world are hammering out a climate change agreement to prevent an ecological and social catastrophe. Here in South Burlington we watch in horror and hope. […]

July 9, 2015: Sacrifice

“You might not need it. But can you live without it?” I had flipped open my new issue of Time magazine and there it was – a two page ad for the new Mazda Miata, their two seater sports car. For decades, this has been my fantasy car, and the one pictured in the ad […]