I know I said I was going to take time off from this blogging business, but I’ve had so many interesting and provocative responses to last week’s blog that this week I’m going to make a blog out of responses. In fact there were so many interesting responses I’m going to send them out in two batches.

The second part of this blog will be along Wednesday or Thursday this week.



Urban Martin is a genuine native Vermonter who lives in Morrisville, VT.

Urban Martin Good piece David but I would like to note that most of the farm families that I grew up with in the ’50s and’60s put a high priority on education and complaining was a favorite pastime. Perhaps JUDEVINE 2.0 should be the same story from our point of view. I think we were amused and enlightened by migrating urban refugees . It’s not as though you massacred us and put the survivors on reservations. My family also migrated here in the 1700’s and displaced someone else. I miss the old family farm culture that I grew up with but a new and equally viable farming community is emerging. Every civilization needs new blood to grow and thrive. The gap between the rich and poor is a national problem lessened in Vermont by our economic diversity. I think you don’t quite recognize that you have become a Vermonter (not a “real “Vermonter” of course) and the line between you and your characters has blurred a bit. Sooooo before you beat your self up, welcome to the Green Mountain State. You and many of the other newcomers are now part of the fabric and history of this place.

I’m nor sure where Patricia Nelson lives. I wish I were.

Patricia Nelson I may be a newcomer (1966) and my children may be newcomers even though born in Vermont but my grandchildren are Vermonters and my oldest son will be a northeast kingdom old timer in 20 years. If we go on living the way of life we found when we came here 40+ years ago there will still be an example for newcomers.

Jenny Chafe lives in Chapel Hill, NC

Jenny Chafe Thank you for putting these words down, David. I bet that a lot of people in other places in the US that once felt more salt-of-the-earth and simple and hard-working feel the loss that you speak of, and the change. And the grieving for what’s been lost to the new attitudes/economics/servers and served. Sobering and sad. But I do also find hope in thinking of the Jens-and-Marks of the world, [Back to the Land relatives of Jenny’s] young couples with their kids choosing to move to Vermont, go off the grid, and farm, and be that hard-working, self-sufficient set again. Fewer and farther between but still coming bit by bit.

Laird Christiansen lives in Poultney, Vermont and teaches at Green Mountain College

Laird Christensen Thanks, David. I’ll share these true words with the other new Vermonters on my list. (Not too many old Vermonters on here.) Congratulations on your blogging decision. I’ve taken part of the summer away from new media and feel refreshed. Need to do that more often.

I’m not sure where Karma Tenzing Wangchuk lives. I wish I were.

Karma Tenzing Wangchuk Thanks for this. Never been to Vermont but the experience seems almost universal. Re artists and poor neighborhoods/places, think it also has something to do with hunger for authenticity, perhaps also a simpler way of living that can sometimes be attained along with living in scarcity, and maybe also the sharing that can be a part of living poor. La vie boheme. Sometimes it’s more than a romantic notion.

More responses on Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

Sincerely, David