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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Use Your Words

Re: “Fear Not: A Mother Reflects on Parenting in the Shadow of a Fatal Disease

You are so damn on point. Our son too was born w a terminal genetic disorder. We removed care at 18 days. 2 plus years later he is still here. We have no idea how long he will live, other than he seems to have beaten the odds. We live life like you. Full of challenges, but with a renewed sense of purpose, strength, and appreciation for life. Thank you for sharing. You have captured this so eloquently. We wish you continued love, strength, and joy. May your community ad family continue to multiple your joy and divide your sorrow.

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Posted by Brandie Garrett D'Orazio on 04/20/2019 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Skiing Through Life: A Winter Tradition Passes to the Next Generation

What a great adventure. Winter is so lucky, and very aptly named. Enjoy and share photos Aunt Chris

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Posted by Chris Pospisil on 02/07/2019 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Crushing It: An Elementary-School Relationship, Rekindled Years Later

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Posted by Lucky Jackson on 08/19/2018 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Let Youth Lead: An Educator Reflects on Her Students' Activism

Thank you for this piece. I was reminded of the courage and humility it takes to be an adult working with children in this world. As Khalil Gibran says in The Prophet, "On Children"
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You remind us that we adults do our students justice by following them, their visions and dreams for they see possibilities and solutions that we cannot even imagine. Thank you for the powerful reminder. -Melissa Burroughs, Saint Johnsbury, VT

Posted by Melissa Burroughs on 06/25/2018 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Let Youth Lead: An Educator Reflects on Her Students' Activism

I am so glad you were my teacher- you've taught me lessons I'll never forget. Not just basic literature and other writing skills, but how to care, how to be kind and open and to overcome any and all obstacles. And none of the poetry I wrote would exist without your support and teaching. Thank you always, Ms. Nold.

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Posted by Kristin Koolkin Magnant on 06/02/2018 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Empowering My Daughter: How the #metoo Movement Changed my Outlook on the Word "No"

Wonderful words Keegan! Thank you for this piece. I am so glad that Coraline has you as a father! She will be empowered and kind.

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Posted by Ann O'Shaughnessy on 05/31/2018 at 6:26 AM

Re: “Self Love, Actually: How I Learned to Take Care of Myself

I think this is brilliant. I've started notes for a binder I'm calling "For the care and feeding of me." (or fill in your name!). When we really need the self-help it can be hard to remember what works, but having a resource to turn to (oh ya, I am always renewed by the theater!) can be helpful in times of stress. (Or, oh ya, stay away from the sugar and make a hearty beef stew instead!) Eventually those rituals will become ingrained. (I hope!)

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Posted by natanya on 05/14/2018 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Let Youth Lead: An Educator Reflects on Her Students' Activism

Thank you for this piece and the reminder, as a teacher, the power and transformative nature of being a collaborator with students rather than "leaders." Yes!

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Posted by Liz Corson on 04/23/2018 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Let Youth Lead: An Educator Reflects on Her Students' Activism

Hi Mrs. Nold. That was so inspirational and taught me that the kind of better world you describing is possible. We are the change and the new generation who hopes to create a better life and world for everyone. So proud to be your student <3 -Hawthorne :)

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Posted by Kimberly Harrington on 04/07/2018 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Let Youth Lead: An Educator Reflects on Her Students' Activism

That was really inspirational. I am proud to be one of your students. Thank you, Tess.

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Posted by Tess Fontana on 04/04/2018 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Let Youth Lead: An Educator Reflects on Her Students' Activism

I was so inspired by this piece and deeply grateful to read it. Thank you, Christie, for capturing with such truth the power and importance of student voice. You invite all of us as adults to pause and listen to our young people and support them in their inspirational work. I will work hard to carry this awareness with me each day. Additional thanks to KidsVT and Ali Novak for your wisdom in including essays of this kind in your wonderful publication, which I still read loyally even though my two daughters are young adults! ~ Susie Merrick, South Burlington, VT

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Posted by Susie on 04/04/2018 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Grim and Me: Building a Legacy, Moment by Moment

You are an incredible individual Maggie and your legacy, your story, your tears, and triumphs are life lessons we are all keeping close to our hearts. Thank you again for always be truthful about the disease and teaching us how to be better people. You are my hero.

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Posted by Ellen Holsopple Drolette on 03/21/2018 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Grim and Me: Building a Legacy, Moment by Moment

Thank you for sharing your guts with us. It takes a lot of bravery to be so vulnerable. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma last fall at age 29 while 6 months pregnant. Its excruciating and no person no matter what age should have to grapple with, but I suppose most all of us will have to one day.
I send my love to you and just a reminder that your children will always be loved by you no matter what form your soul takes. They will always know that deep and profound love- its what created them no matter how vast or few the memories are. At least this is what I try to tell myself about my daughter when Grim tries to get one foot in my door.
I send you and yours so much love, wishes for many more decades together. From another mom and another human. And know that your impact is immense beyond just your children.

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Posted by Hannah Van Gulden Manson on 03/20/2018 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Grim and Me: Building a Legacy, Moment by Moment

Im on this road with you. Incurable Stage IV Colorectal Cancer. Keeping journals for my kids, taking them everywhere I can afford to, snapping selfies pretty much every time they turn around.

May we succeed in inserting ourselves forever in their hearts even as we teach them how to live without us, should they need to.

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Posted by Kerry Krieger Clifford on 03/20/2018 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Picking Your Battles Against Technology


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Posted by bilal bouakka on 03/10/2018 at 4:16 AM

Re: “Grim and Me: Building a Legacy, Moment by Moment

My ex husband died a year ago. Suddenly. No illness led up to it. He left a different legacy. I wont go into it, but I can say my kids wish they had different, happier memories with him.

What you are doing...loving intentionally, making memories..... you are doing right by your kids and the way they will remember you when the disease wins. Keep up the good fight, keep making those memories. Keep living. My thoughts are with you and your family... with love. -Wendy

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Posted by Wendy Barkman Chaffee on 03/09/2018 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Grim and Me: Building a Legacy, Moment by Moment

An amazing woman, a great writer, always from the gut and never afraid to share the rawness of emotion that hovers.

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Posted by Chantal Ryan on 03/07/2018 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Self Love, Actually: How I Learned to Take Care of Myself

Well said. Amazing, thank you!

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Posted by Heather Vonasek Chernyshov on 02/06/2018 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Fledglings: Watching my Children Fly Away

Freedom usually comes when we've forgotten what it's all about. And it is bitterly offset by the emptiness. This is exactly how I felt when our children left us.
Thank you for sharing this, Katherine!

Posted by Kristin Dimitrova on 01/15/2018 at 5:05 AM

Re: “Over the Rainbow: A Mom Fights to Save Her Babies After a Heartbreaking Loss

I saw your skydiving experience and read the story above; you are like the Phoenix risen from the ashes. You are an amazing person. I dont know if youll ever see this comment, but wanted you to know I will forever glad that you entered my life; the daughter I never had. I know this is a special time of year for young parents and hope you Tyler and the boys have a very merry Christmas and that the New Year brings blessings to you.


Posted by Dominic on 12/22/2017 at 9:04 PM
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