Alumni Voice/Alumni Vision

a computer screen with video work on it, over the top of it a woman looking down at another screen.

June 2, 2020, Underhill, Vermont

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“How Long?”

“How long?” “How long?” This question, which punctuated an extraordinary number of Henry Thoreau’s journal entries throughout the growing season every year as he sauntered about Concord’s fields and forests, was prompted by Thoreau’s perennial desire to live deeply into the unfolding biological activity about him.

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Memory Gains

In 1990, my first year at UVM, I lived in Harris Hall with a Pennsylvanian named Elaine. We draped our room in paisley tapestries to hide the pale blue cinderblock, and cooked ramen in a hotpot. Elaine adorned her bed with a pretty floral comforter. Mine was navy and plain. Elaine favored snug sweaters and jeans; I dressed in batik and European pajama shirts from the sale racks at Old Gold.

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