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Lindsay Harris, co-owner of Mountain Home Farm in North Tunbridge, Vt., enjoys a quiet evening milking session on July 1, 2015. Harris bought her first dairy cow nine years ago, and many of the cows in the herd are daughters and granddaughters of the original cow. 
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Small Tunbridge Dairy Farm Stays True to Its Values

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

While growing up in urban New Jersey, Lindsay Harris dreamed of being a farmer. “When I was young, I was always the happiest when I …

Raise Your Glass: A Find From Cotes du Rhone

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

La Griveliere Cotes du Rhone, France, 2014 $9.99 During a sunny early June gathering, I ran into Tunbridge resident John Millman, who suggested that I …

Notes From the Garden: High Summer and Growing Carrots

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Certainly the weather is, year after year, a source of much consternation for gardeners. It’s too dry! (May). It’s too wet! (June). It’s too hot! …

Shark Week Has Created A TV Feeding Frenzy

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Nat Geo Wild is right: Sharks cannot sign exclusive contracts with a television network. That’s a good thing, because the American TV viewing public loves sharks. Sharks are really cool. They swim really fast, eat things and occasionally launch themselves out of the water to snag seals. For …

Summer Journey: New England’s Lost Highway

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Nothing buzzes like a summer road trip; windows down, ideally a sunroof open and a scenic two-lane road along the shore or through the woods. New England is full of beautiful highways, to say nothing of the back …

‘Rock Warehouse’

Monday, July 6, 2015

Menlo Park, Calif. — Hidden behind drab doors in a valley that celebrates all that is new, bright and beautiful is a scientific treasure: proof of what the Earth is made of, how it became what it is …

Outside Story: Gray Foxes Are Returning to Northern New England

Monday, July 6, 2015

When you think of foxes (if you ever do), you likely picture the ginger-coated red fox, like Mr. Tod from Beatrix Potter’s fantastical children’s tales, only without the dapper suitcoat and tweed knickers. It is the not-as-common gray …

Actor David Oyelowo Searches for ‘Brave, Meaningful Work’

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Six months before he floored audiences with his thrilling portrait of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, David Oyelowo had another movie, Nightingale, premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It’s all Oyelowo, a one-man show …

‘Babbler’ Birds Could Hold Key To Language

Monday, July 6, 2015

Move over, parrots. There’s another bird with some impressive “language” skills: the chestnut-crowned babbler. Scientists studying the social birds have discovered that they can rearrange meaningless sounds in their calls to form different, meaningful messages. The findings, described in the journal PLOS Biology, may shed light on how …

‘Rectify’ Returns for Third Season of a Murder’s Aftermath

Monday, July 6, 2015

New York — Abigail Spencer remembers being about to shoot a scene for last season’s Rectify. It was set in a hospital room as Daniel, played by series star Aden Young, came out of the coma from his brutal beat-down. At bedside was his devoted sister Amantha, played …

Pope Francis Arrives in Latin America

Monday, July 6, 2015

Quito, Ecuador — Latin America’s first pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time Sunday, beginning an eight-day tour that will take him to three of the continent’s poorest countries. Outlining his message at a welcoming ceremony in Ecuador, Pope Francis stressed the need to protect …

Playful Actors

Monday, July 6, 2015

Ten-year-old Duncan Green, left, of Cornish, and David Cassedy, 13, of Plainfield, perform as human puppets in The Knave of Hearts during the Cornish Colony Family Picnic Day at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish on Sunday. Written …

Three Times Is the Charm: Run, Run, Run to the Top of Mt. Ascutney

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Not everyone would call running 21 miles up and down a mountain “fun,” “stimulating” or “really nice.” Yet that’s how the handful of people who summited Mount Ascutney three times in a row last weekend described the experience. …