Vicky Parra Tebbetts

Originally from Connecticut, Vicky lived on a farm in Cabot for 22 years before recently moving to South Burlington seeking greater opportunity in high school education. She is a mom to a teen boy and girl, and a Goldendoodle who grew up to look more like a poodle. A reticent soccer mom and former lawyer who owns her own marketing and communications business, she spends most of her work time playing with words. She mourns the demise of the serial comma. Don’t ask her if she passed the bar exam (she did) and why she doesn’t have her own website if she writes them for others (she’s been working on her own site for about six years). She’s outside every day, and you may find her sitting in the sun in January, wrapped in blankets. Swinger of birches and lover of all things Vermont, she hikes, paddles, cooks gluten-free and vegan food, reads meaningless novels, and is a recent Pilates convert. She loves to visit her happy place any time of year in Ogunquit, Maine.
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My Son Was Born on September 11

My son was born on September 11, 2003: the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, on the Pentagon, and on the airplane that nosedived into a field in rural...
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Move More and Feel Better: Is the Value of Exercise Complicated?

As I get older, “move more and feel better” has become my mantra. No matter what exercise I choose, each day that I move more, I feel better. With warmer weather on the horizon, my...
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My Kids Taught Me How to Love Valentine’s Day

I learned to love Valentine's Day when I had children, ending my fitful relationship with the annual day for love. Maybe Cupid’s arrow missed me before I became Mom. Maybe Cupid is a really bad...
A teenage boy and girl walking along the sidewalk in summer with a woman smiling in the background.

Making Up for the Mother Wound: A Letter to My Future Adult Kids

According to the articles I’ve read, the Mother Wound is a loss or lack of mothering that has an impact that can be passed down through generations. Putting a name to this concept is...
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My Favorite Last-Minute Vermont Gifts for Grown-Ups of all Ages

This holiday season is proving to be as strange as the rest of 2020, but one thing is still true: I’ll always need last-minute Vermont gifts. Because I love my friends, and I love...
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Finding New Thanksgiving Traditions in COVID Times

Thanksgiving traditions are on the cutting board this month as I redefine my expectations for the holiday, 2020-style. Just like everything else this year, COVID has thrown a monkey wrench into our plans, our...
Daylight Savings Time Reminder

Daylight Saving Time: The Gift of An Extra Hour, Once a Year

Spring forward, fall back. Daylight Saving Time ends soon, and we will turn the clocks back in favor of brighter mornings, early darkness, and an extra hour, once a year. The day we “fall back” reminds...
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How COVID-19 Helped Me Get Along Better with My Quaranteens

I've had a few realizations that helped me get along better with my teens during COVID-19. When the world came to a pause in March, it didn’t seem like a big deal. At first. As...