Political Excitement in Vermont!

I live in Vermont. It’s a beautiful state, but it’s not exactly known for making the news, causing a buzz, or being a center for excitement. And well, for the most part, I think we Vermonters like our way of life.

But today was different. For today, Bernie Sanders held his official kickoff for his presidential campaign in Burlington, Vermont, of all places! Why Burlington? Because Bernie Sanders used to be the mayor of Burlington. And well, Bernie Sanders represents Vermont in Washington D.C. So, for a change, Vermont was inundated with media, making the news, creating a buzz, and well, exciting!

I would have liked to have gone to what feels like history in the making (as win or lose, running for president is a pretty big deal), but I had to work my second job of the day. Now, I’m not complaining about working – I’m blessed to have a job, and doubly blessed to have two jobs – but I do find it darkly amusing that a middle-aged woman, with a college degree, couldn’t go to the national news event that was right here in my state because I have to live paycheck to paycheck and work two jobs… to afford life.

So, when a candidate seems to speak to me and the causes that are important to me, I listen. And I’m not one to tell anyone who to vote for, but I do hope that everyone will look into all the candidates and vote for the person who they feel will best represent them as the president of our country. It doesn’t matter if that person is the frontrunner or the underdog… if enough voices sound, any candidate can rise into the presidency.

Sound your voice. Vote. (Okay, political rant over)

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Summerfest

If you’re in Rutland, Vermont, this weekend, it may be nearly impossible to avoid Summerfest.  When I was young, they called it Sidewalk Sales, but it has become bigger and better and is now… Summerfest.

But maybe… rather than avoid Summerfest, you should embrace it!  The quirky little Vermont town stuff is what makes Vermont… Vermont.  It’s easy to lose sight of that if one lives in a place that is always quirky, small-town, beautiful, etc.  When trying to find a way around a man-made traffic jam, we conveniently forget that Vermonters are lucky to have celebratory events that bring most residents together.  How good does it feel to go somewhere and know that you’ll know people there… even if you haven’t planned to meet up with anyone? 

So if you find yourself in Rutland, Vermont, this weekend… and you see a road is closed for Summerfest… find a parking place and walk over to it.  You might discover something wonderful that you wouldn’t have found if you had simply detoured around downtown.

And while you’re at Rutland’s Summerfest, stop by Book King and buy autographed copies of “Wicked Normal” and “Wicked Weird,” my first two books.  Yes, they’re now available in Rutland’s bookstore.

In the spirit of Summerfest, wherever you are, rather than detour through life directly to wherever you were heading, explore something quirky and off the beaten track this weekend.  You certainly won’t regret that you got out there and enjoyed a summer weekend.