Life & Times

Laura Foley stands in the field behind her home in South Pomfret, Vt., on Nov. 19, 2014. Foley recently published her fourth book of poetry. 
(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

Book Notes: A New Life in Verse; Poet Finds Rejuvenation in Latest Works

Friday, November 21, 2014

L aura Davies Foley was 45 when she wrote her first poem. It was 2003, and following the death of her husband she’d moved with …

Outdoor Writer’s Book Explores Some of New England’s Best Hikes

Friday, November 21, 2014

Climb Mount Washington in the dead of winter? Barely more than a morning constitutional for Marty Basch. Pedal a gear-laden bicycle from Maine to Alaska, …

Cookbooks Are Seeing Growth

Friday, November 21, 2014

A few years ago, Ken Hagemann was drawn to what he thought was the future of cookbooks. Lured by the ease and searchability promised by …

Working on the Railroad

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vermont Railway employees Gene Lamoureaux, left, and Ed Sheehy work on railroad tracks in White River Junction on Wednesday. Workers were replacing rails and cross ties along the track for routine maintenance. Valley News — Jennifer Hauck …

Grandma’s Turkey: Injected Tequila Provides a Key Ingredient

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

If the recipe for her turkey is any indication, chef Patricia Quintana’s grandmother was probably a lot of fun. There’s a fair amount of booze that goes i nto the recipe, and every time I prepare it — …

Challenge of Thanksgiving: Which Wines?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Viognier, 2013, $12.99 7 Deadly Zins, Zinfandel, 2013, $14.99 Finding the right wine for a Thanksgiving dinner can be a bit tricky. If you’re just trying to pair a wine with turkey and mashed potatoes, that’s pretty simple — Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir …

Drop In, Tune Out, Turn On

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christophe is having a lousy week. The storybook character — written by the Marion Cross School’s French teacher, Allison Litten, and read and recorded by her fifth-grade class — wants to play golf, but every day he takes …

Notes From the Garden: Now Is the Time to Prepare Bulbs for Blooms in March

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I love to ski and snowshoe. I don’t mind shoveling snow and lugging in firewood for the woodstove that chugs along day and night these days. But there are limits to my patience, and by March I’ll ready for green growing things and some fresh flowers. So I …

Disney TV Animation Is 30 Years Old, and It’s Going Strong

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Los Angeles — The Disney Television Animation wing has become a force in the cartoon world with the creation of shows such as Sophia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Phineas and Ferb. It’s been an impressive rise over the past 30 years, considering the …

Backing In

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pat Bryson checks her mirrors while backing up a dump truck on her farm in Canaan, where she raises beef cattle and processes firewood. Valley News — Jennifer Hauck …

Elementary Schools Develop Early Lessons on Data Literacy

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Elementary school teacher Lisa Parisi is trying to teach her students a new kind of literacy. By the time fifth-graders enter her class at Denton Avenue School in New Hyde Park, N.Y., they are about 10 years old …

‘Distress Thermometer’

Monday, November 17, 2014

Philadelphia — When the staff at Abington Memorial Hospital handed the breast cancer patient its new “Distress Thermometer” questionnaire, she instantly felt conflicted. How could she, an early-stage patient with a good prognosis, say how she was really …

Living Under The Cloud of Ebola Virus

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hanover — Even though Liberian activist Patrice Juah has never contracted Ebola, her nationality — and her skin color — have marked her for prejudice. A few days ago, at an African arts conference in Morocco, Juah ventured …