Bright Lights, Sparkly City

This stepping out of the nest thing?

Wow, has the internet changed the world from my 20th-century youth. Via I-phone, my rural Vermont daughters rented their first solo AirBnb in Maine, to check out a college. My older daughter texts: It’s busy here. So much is happening.

Ocean, lights, dinner in a hippie place kind of like Vermont.

Meanwhile, the cats and I have holed up in my office, eating curry and drinking espresso. Plenty happening here, too.

I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.

— George McGovern

Photo by Molly S.

By Brett Ann Stanciu

Brett Ann Stanciu lives with her two daughters in Hardwick, Vermont. Her creative nonfiction book, Unstitched: My Journey to Understand Opioid Addiction and How People and Communities Can Heal, will be published by Steerforth Press in September 2021. Her novel about rural life in Vermont, Hidden View, was published in 2015.


  1. Curious which college. We’re in the throes of the search and so many questions about the future. The internet helps and also complicates the life of our young ones. Too many choices? Makes for confusion and indecision too. Cats and espresso. That sounds lovely. xo

    1. Community College of Southern Maine — very specifically, she’s interested in their nursing program — which might not be your daughter’s interest. Freezing rain here. Hope it’s nicer in your Vermont place. xo

  2. George McGovern was a decorated WW2 pilot. Like many of his generation he never made a big deal of it, even when Nixon called him coward. When a person like that speaks about war, one we should listen.

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