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Friday, May 26, 2017

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Typically, on a Friday night, we would have dinner out before hitting the bar for a few drinks. However, now that the Eagle has opened its kitchen, we could dine AND drink all at once.  As most people that have been to the Eagle already know, there was a great deal of hype and anticipation for the food to roll out.  We had heard about the credentials of Master Chef Scholly, which include accomplishments, such as earning the 1996 German Master Chef of the Year, and of some of his clients of music royalty, i.e. Madonna, Springsteen, McCartney, Diamond, and Brooks. He even served the President Who Shall Not Be Named, before he became The President Who Shall Not Be Named.  Now it was time to finally try some of his offerings at the Eagle.

Getting to Vermont is cheap and easy. Spirit, Jetblue, and Southwest airlines usually offer deals, especially if you purchase your tickets in advance. A ticket can cost as little as $30 one-way. You can rent a car from Boston’s Logan Airport or if you have great friends in the area, carpool to Vermont. Hotel prices range from super cheap to very expensive, so plan in advance. The drive to Vermont is simple: one hour to Vermont’s border and two hours from there to its biggest city Burlington. It is the second least populated state (Wyoming is first). Its capital of Montpelier is the least-populous capital in the U.S. It is the only state that does not have buildings taller than 124 feet. It is also a state that is being hit hard by climate change because many of its industries, such as sugar maple production, are affected by acid rain and warmer weather. Vermont is a great state to visit and learn about, especially when it comes to gay history, its home to a great company, and its awesome outdoor activities.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Living Through Depression

Depression– melancholy, despair, and unhappiness – is one of the greatest misfortunes and it has crept into the crevices and corridors of our faith communities. Anyone so suffering should seek pastoral and/or professional counseling and stay completely committed to their healing and recovery.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Traveling in the Trump Era

Or learning to love your immigration attorney!

Traveling by air since January 20th, 2017 has become complicated for many noncitizens. The Executive Orders issued by President Donald J. Trump have caused heartache and fear to run rampant in immigrant communities. The first Executive Order (EO), dated January 27th, intended to prevent anyone who was from seven mostly Muslim countries entering the U.S. Those countries are Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Iran, and Libya. It also ended indefinitely the ability of Syrian refugees from entering the U.S., in spite of years-long background checks to ensure that anyone entering was not a radical jihadist. The travel ban extended to persons with “green cards,” as well as those with visitor or student visas, and those who had dual citizenship with one of the seven listed countries.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Being Present

In the past, I have written about the magic of the “Fish! Philosophy” and its four principles: Choose your attitude, make their day, be there, and play. I have found myself, and others around me, struggling with one of the these four, namely “Be there,” or as I call it, “Being present.” There is so much going on around us all the time – cellphones, TV screens, laptops – our brains are almost always over-stimulated. Even watching CNN is a chore, playing into our need to be overstimulated by not only a multi-panel discussion, but a quick moving news scrawler at the bottom of the screen, and usually a countdown clock to some main event they’ll be hosting.

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