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Signs of Winter

Monday, December 22, 2014

Signs of avian feeding are plentiful if you take the time to look for them, and many of these signs are created by species of …

‘Oh, the Wonder’: In Meriden Church, a Christmas Tree Reaches to the Heavens

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Meriden — About five years ago, as an appreciative new member of the Meriden Congregational Church, Shawn Rogers wanted to pitch in somehow. It wasn’t …

Nature Has a Tornado Detector

Monday, December 22, 2014

Los Angeles — Ornithologist Henry Streby was happy enough that a song bird weighing less than two nickels managed to carry a tiny electronic sensor …

Half of Dr. Oz’s Medical Advice Is Baseless or Wrong, Study Says

Monday, December 22, 2014

It’s not hard to understand what makes Dr. Oz so popular. Called “America’s doctor,” syndicated talk-show host Mehmet Oz speaks in a way anyone can understand. Medicine may be complex. But with Dr. Oz, clad in scrubs and …

Come On In

Monday, December 22, 2014

People arrive at the Beaver Meadow Schoolhouse in Norwich to attend a holiday service and potluck on Sunday. Valley News — Ariana van den Akker …

A Legacy In Letters and on the Land

Saturday, December 20, 2014

It’s Nov. 21, 2014, about 10 a.m., and I’m heading up the Bill Hill trail in Thetford Center. The morning has been cold and squally, and right now fat snowflakes ride ripples of the shifting wind, settling onto …

‘Interview’ Deserves To Be Seen

Saturday, December 20, 2014

That I was one of the relative few to see The Interview is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It’s with heavy sadness, not pride, that I review Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s North Korean farce. …

Dr. Burma: One Last Chance

Sunday, December 21, 2014

No more staying out late for me No more narrow escapes for me I’ve reached the, I’ve reached the turning point in my life — from Turning Point, by Tyrone Davis About 20 minutes shy of showtime, Dr. …

Kirk Douglas Publishes Poetry Book

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Kirk Douglas may be one of the biggest actors of his era, with starring roles in 1960’s Spartacus, 1949’s Champion and 1951’s Ace in the Hole. But on a recent crisp morning, he was having a grand time simply reciting his poetry by heart for an audience of …

On Fashion: Ugly Christmas Sweater Season, When Grandma’s Trash Is a Nation’s Treasure

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Elbow deep in ugly, the Christmas sweater connoisseur is immersed in a daily ritual: bows and bears, sequins and shoulder pads, gold glitter thread woven into non-denominational holiday wishes, snowmen of the literal button-nosed variety and ... “I know it is here,” she says, digging to the bottom …

For and About Women’s Sections

Sunday, December 21, 2014

“For and About Women”: The very name of this daily and Sunday section that ran for decades in The Washington Post now draws patronizing smiles and, recently, worse. In appreciations of the late Ben Bradlee, justified praise for …

Newport Legion Post Compiles History in New Book

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Newport — A recent book from a Newport veterans organization chronicles its 95-year history and provides a window into the town’s past. The Brewster-Gould-Lee-Rollins American Legion Post No. 25 issued the 489-page book earlier this month. The American Legion organization will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, and …

Dogs Become Focus Of Mainstream Fashion

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Los Angeles — These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit — as well as where to put the poo bags. Creating on-trend outfits is a whole different animal for pet fashion designers, whose work …