Life & Times

Graphic: Valentine’s Day Facts and Figures

Sunday, February 14, 2016

(Click here for the graphic by Shawn Braley that appeared in the SUNDAY VALLEY NEWS on Valentine’s Day 2016.) How wonderful it is, deep in …

Woods and Words

Saturday, February 13, 2016

F ive years ago, Dan Hamel wrote a poem he called A Hunter’s Prayer , which happened to be the first poem he’d ever written. …

Elevate Your Game, Guys: Roses Come in a Wide Variety of Colors

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Ahead of her Super Bowl appearance, Beyoncé received 10,000 roses from her husband Jay Z. This raises a number of questions: Did Jay Z arrange …

To Your Good Health: Body Doesn’t Need Help to Detox and Cleanse

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: It’s a new year, and many of my friends are embarking on a detox or cleanse. Is there such a thing as beneficial detoxing and cleansing? If so, how is it done properly, and what are the benefits? — D.M.H. Answer: The body has its …

Smithsonian Giving Visitors a Virtual Look Inside Apollo 11

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Washington — They are bits of space graffiti hidden from the public for decades: a crude calendar, scrawled lunar coordinates and markings warning of a locker containing “smelly waste.” Apollo 11 astronauts left those scribbles inside the spacecraft …

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Are a Must

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Carbon monoxide poisoning is more of a danger in winter months than it is in summer because cold weather tends to make us stay in a very tight indoor environment. The odorless, colorless — yet potentially deadly — …

Equipment Check

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Orange County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ben Herrick, left, and Orange County Sheriff Bill Bohnyak look over Eric Kenyon’s snowmobile at East Randolph’s Champlain Valley Equipment, where Kenyon is the manager. The officers were doing free sled safety checks …

Pop Culture Marries Technology

Saturday, February 13, 2016

San Francisco — Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had a front row seat as the personal computer began to reshape society. So it made perfect sense to him to bring a convention meshing technology with pop culture to Silicon …

Movie Review: Ryan Reynolds Is Perfect for ‘Deadpool’

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Deadpool is not your grandfather’s superhero movie. Come to think of it, it isn’t your 13-year-old nephew’s superhero movie, either. Blatantly, buoyantly vulgar and jam-packed with conspicuously perverse, often bloody violence — including a scene in which the …

Movie Review: ‘How to Be Single’ Is Laden With Stock Characters

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Dakota Johnson makes for an oddly recessive heroine in How to Be Single, an earnest but awkwardly misshapen attempt to reconcile the archaic conventions of romantic comedy with the 21st-century values of independence and sexual self-determination. Cut from …

Movie Review: ‘Zoolander 2’ Gives Sequels a Bad Name

Saturday, February 13, 2016

What a difference a decade and a half makes. When it arrived in theaters just weeks after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Zoolander bombed at the box office, viewers presumably deciding that it was too soon …

Why First Loves Linger in the Mind

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Twenty years ago ... She was my first relationship ... My first boyfriend ... I was 17 ... She was 19 ... We were crazy about each other ... We broke up because ... So much time has passed ... I find myself thinking of her ... He …

Bringing Medieval Works to the Digital World

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bethlehem, Pa. — At Lehigh University, a visitor to the Linderman Library can plunge into the Middle Ages and study a 15th-century text that shows the Earth as the center of the universe. Or touch the pages of …