Life & Times

John Ignacio, of Canaan, N.H, and his son Johnny, 7, wait to see if a replacement throttle cable can be found for his KTM 65cc motorcycle at the Ridge Runner MX47 practice track in Canaan, N.H., on Aug. 20, 2015. John Ignacio bought the motorcycle from Craigslist, a step-up in size from the 50cc Honda that Johnny has been racing at the Canaan Lions Club motocross races. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Racing Across Generations

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Little League. Theater camp. Swim team. All summertime activities for kids, with their families cheering them on from the sidelines. In Canaan, motocross racing is …

‘Purity’ Isn’t Franzen’s Best

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Jonathan Franzen’s career offers a cautionary narrative — for us as much as him. As far back as 1996, with Perchance to Dream, his long …

‘Walking Dead’ Season Six Out

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Walking Dead : AMC’s zombie trendsetter (back Oct. 11 for Season 6) delivers 16 episodes, plus brief episode making-ofs, story recaps, actor/character profiles, commentaries …

When Finances Dictate Wedding Attendance

Saturday, August 29, 2015

I accept more out-of-town wedding invitations than I turn down. If I can make it work with my schedule and my bank account, I like to celebrate my friends. I’ll tack vacations or family visits on to the main event; I’m happy to split hotel rooms with friends …

Since Katrina, Better Response Helps Pets, People

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Los Angeles — Outside the nearly 2,000 human fatalities from Hurricane Katrina, the disaster displaced or killed hundreds of thousands of dogs, cats and other animals at a time when rescues focused on people and pets were left …

Goodwill Opens Upscale, Chic Boutiques

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Orange County, Calif. — The trappings of an upscale boutique are there: exposed brick, mannequins draped with flashy clothing and designer brands. But the prices are decidedly cheap chic — the Stuart Weitzman black pumps that go for $350 at Bloomingdale’s are a steal at $12.99 — and …

Authors’ Lives Fodder for Rom-Coms

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A film company is hoping to turn the life of author Jane Austen into a romantic comedy. They couldn’t have picked a worse subject. Austen is a classic novelist, one whose books Emma, Sense and Sensibility and the beloved Pride and Prejudice have themselves been turned into delightful …

Felicia Day Loves the Internet, Despite Trolls

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Felicia Day is well aware that not everyone knows who she is. Those are the people who aren’t immersed in the gaming culture, who haven’t spent wide swaths of their lives playing World of Warcraft, or watching her …

Randolph-Area Kids Program Serves 2,756 Summer Meals

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Randolph — A summer program for needy kids provided 2,756 meals this summer, an increase of almost 1,000 over last year. Organized by the Randolph Area Food Shelf, the program works to prevent kids from being hungry and to ease the burden of increased food costs for families …

Miss Manners: Not Every Email Has to Be Read Right Now

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mail delivery used to be a sport for the whole family. The dog was excited to see the mailman (as he was likely to be then), even if the mailman was not excited to see the dog. The baby loved to rip up the packaging and stomp on …

To Your Good Health: Tips for Reducing Eye Strain

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Would you mind providing some guidelines for preventing eye strain? I’m a graduate student, so I spend a lot of time reading, both from computer screens and from books. I will always need to read to get things done, but I’d also like my eyes …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Aug.30-Sept. 5

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Don’t Miss 2015 MTV Video Music Awards — Two years ago, Miley Cyrus caused an uproar with her naughty twerking. Now that she’s back to host the 32nd annual bash, will she behave herself — or push the envelope even further? As for the nominations, Taylor Swift leads …

Uncultured? Hardly

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Hint and Explanation: Pin It Against the King Much has been made of Bobby Fischer’s status as a 16-year-old high school drop-out. Chess is a demanding mistress and no one knew this better than Fischer, who was capable of putting in a 12-hour day of chess study at …