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Book review: ‘Retirement Reinvention’ focuses on happiness in retirement


“Retirement Reinvention” by Robin Ryan, 2018, Penguin, $16, 284 pages. It was a bittersweet moment, that pass-along. Cleaning out your workspace was no big deal. A last trip to the lunchroom felt like any other day. But handing in those keys — that part really got to you. But “Retirement Reinvention” by Robin Ryan can help when your next thought is, […]

‘In Praise of Wasting Time’ is no waste


  “In Praise of Wasting Time” by Alan Lightman. When was your last vacation? Think hard. When was the last time you turned off your phone for more than three hours, left your laptop at work or put your briefcase in a closet for a week? If the answer starts with the word “nineteen,” then read on: “In Praise of Wasting […]

CVHHH names new board members

BARRE — Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice welcomed Eric Quintin, of Barre Town, and Paulette Thabault, of South Burlington, to its board of directors. Quintin is director of case management for Washington County Mental Health Services. He has worked as a clinician and therapist, with a specialty in schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, for the past 15 years. Thabault […]

Pilot for businesses will unleash energy innovation


Control, flexibility and predictability. We hear every day that this is what businesses want when it comes to managing energy costs. Now, companies on the leading edge of energy management will have the opportunity to take it to the next level through a newly enacted pilot program. A few weeks ago, on Friday, we stood side-by-side with business leaders, lawmakers […]

‘Note to Self’: Sending your wisdom back


Listen up. Pay attention: Eyes forward, ears open. You’ve heard those things before in your life, and now you say them to yourself, your kids and your employees. Does the effectiveness of your words end now? Or, as in the new book, “Note to Self,” featuring stories collected and introduced by TV host and story collector Gayle King, will your […]

Book review: Unschedule with ‘Breaking Up with Busy’

“Breaking Up with Busy: Real-Life Solutions for Overscheduled Women” by Yvonne Tally, 2018, New World Library, $18.95, 203 pages. Your to-do list is a mile long. Every day, you add three things for every one you cross off and you’re starting to resent that list. What’s worse, accommodating everything on the list means there’s no more you for you. In “Breaking […]

State obligations need to be properly funded


If you pay income or real estate taxes in Vermont, you are like an insurance company. You are insuring, with your taxes, the retirement pension and health care benefit promises made to state employees and public school teachers. Here are the risks you are insuring: investment risk, longevity risk and economic growth risks. Like all insurance companies, you are only […]

Accel-VT program gave Putney start-up a leg up

Dynamic Organics is a small business headquartered in Putney that is dedicated to the design, development and operation of renewable energy and efficiency projects. When my business partner and I decided to expand beyond consulting and develop a software solution, we were suddenly faced with the challenges of a start-up company, including start-up costs, identifying markets and access to capital. […]

Book review: The business of what has to be done

“The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster” by Sarah Krasnostein, 2018, St. Martin’s Press, $26.99, 291 pages. Wash your hands thoroughly. That’s good advice, no matter where you are. At the risk of sounding germophobic, you never know what lurked on that which you just touched. Stay healthy, keep clean, be tidy […]

Rutland Young Professionals: Membership matters

The Rutland Young Professionals has always believed in being as inclusive as possible. Despite the name, our events are attended by folks of all ages and backgrounds. The way we figure it, as long as you are working toward a future in the Rutland region, you’ve come to the right spot. That said, Rutland Young Professionals is legally recognized as […]


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