You Have No Idea

EAST MONTPELIER – It appears that the novel coronavirus, given a few irresistible openings, now has our country over a barrel. Whether from ignorance, lack of imagination, hubris, or defiance, many of our careless fellow citizens – as well as thousands of their unsuspecting contacts – have tested positive, and are in quarantine, in hospital, in intensive care, in morgues, or in a state of prolonged or permanent disability from its lingering effects.

Read more

Stuff that Occupies the Mind

EAST MONTPELIER – Have you ever timed the rotations of the turntable in your microwave oven? Or checked almost every day to see how far up the north wall of a room the sunlight, coming through a south window, has climbed as the solstice approaches? Or measured the difference in the temperature of, say, an interior hall and a twelve-foot-square office populated by a small terrier, a large human, an energy-saving lamp bulb, and a desktop computer?

Read more