Life & Times

"New franchise parking lot, West Lebanon, New Hampshire, 1971" from Jonathan Sa'adah's book "How Many Roads?: Photographs of the Sixties and Early Seventies." (Jonathan Sa'adah photograph)

Days of Change and Growth

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Of all the odd places to sit down for an interview, the McDonald’s on Route 12A might be the oddest. But in the case of …

For Art’s Sake, an Old Rallying Cry Returns: ‘Take Back Vermont’

Friday, January 30, 2015

Last week, in a startlingly random context, I came across something I thought only the people where I’m from remember. Among the listings I receive …

The Tyranny Of ‘Awesome’

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Monday in an online chat, a reader sent in a great question that clarified some things I’ve been thinking about lately. “Is it just me, …

Colleen McCullough, Author of ‘The Thorn Birds,’ Dies at 77

Friday, January 30, 2015

Colleen McCullough, the Australian author of the best-selling novel The Thorn Birds, an epic story of illicit love in the outback that became one of the most successful television miniseries ever, died Thursday at a hospital on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific. She was 77. The cause …

Art Notes: Combat Paper Project Turns Military Uniforms Into Art

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Combat Paper Project grew out of Drew Cameron’s active duty service in the Army from 2000 to 2004, during which time he was deployed to Iraq. His father, also a veteran, had taught him the craft of …

Entertainment Highlights: ArtisTree and Pentangle Team Up to Produce ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

With opening night of Fiddler on the Roof bearing down on the ArtisTree Theatre Company, director Jarvis Antonio Green wasn’t going to let the impending Blizzard of the Century keep him from checking out the set at the …

Once Given Short Shrift, Biopics Find Favor With Audiences and the Academy

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Looking across the Oscar nominations you’ll see a landscape populated by pictures about real people. Look beyond the Oscars and you’ll see even more. The last 12 months has produced an abundance of biographies. It’s as if film’s …

TV’s Female Antiheroes Are Saddled With Irritating Quirks

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Have women in television dramas earned the right to be strong, prickly, even — dare we say it — antiheroes? The television landscape is filled with strong, competent female characters. They’re CIA agents, attorneys, doctors of all stripes, politicians. They advise presidents, sit as judges, solve crimes. They’re …

USDA Revises Maple Syrup Grading

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Montpelier — Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they’re buying. The revisions to the voluntary standards were released Wednesday. The move comes in response …

Route 4 Work Ongoing

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Workers continue to build the substructure of the Route 4 bridge crossing the Connecticut River between West Lebanon and White River Junction on Wednesday. The new bridge is scheduled to open in October 2015. Valley News — Sarah …

Super Bowl Spuds: Pub Inspiration for ‘Smashed’ and ‘Loaded’ Potatoes

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Baked, fried or mashed, the potato remains America’s favorite vegetable. We inhale, on average, more than 50 pounds of spuds annually, no doubt much of it in darkened cars parked in back alleys, far away from dietitians, spouses …

Notes From the Garden: Flower Shows Offer a Respite From the Cold and Snow

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

This winter, I’ve been a bit spoiled: Spending 10 January days in Maui will do that. You would think that I’d be ready for all the icy roads and driveways, having been given some respite. But I’m not. …

Brillat-Savarin’s Gastronomic Gem Resonates 200 Years Later

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin was a French judge and politician who managed to survive revolution, the Napoleonic wars and the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy, all the while exercising a considerable and nuanced appreciation for the pleasures of the …