Life & Times

Hanoi grilled chicken banh mi sandwich  from The Banh MI Handbook by Andrea Nguyen. Photograph by  Paige Green

Build Your Own Banh Mi

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

There’s really nothing complicated about banh mi, the remarkable Vietnamese sandwich that’s become an American favorite. However, if you live in the Upper Valley and …

Raise Your Glass: A Crisp, Citrusy Spanish White

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Marques de Caceres, Spain 2013 Verdejo, $9.99 In the last couple of years, I may have had wines made from the white wine grape Verdejo, …

Notes From the Garden: Finding ‘The Tao of Vegetable Gardening’ in the Dead of Winter

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Winter trudges along, bringing us snow and sub-zero temperatures, seemingly ignoring the calendar that tells us spring is officially less than a month away. In …

Links in the Chain

Friday, February 27, 2015

A ll families have mysteries . For the last 30 years, Shelia Mitchinson has been researching a puzzle in her husband’s family history. His grandfather Francis Walter Mitchinson, who hailed from northwest England, was, according to family lore, …

Brides Favor Short Wedding Gowns

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New York — Helen Bradley isn’t one of those women who fantasized about her wedding as a girl, so when the time came to tie the knot on the 10th tee of a golf course, she wanted to …

Hartland’s Newest Eagle Scout

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Riley R. Strawbridge, of Hartland, watches his mother, Jean Strawbridge, attach his Eagle medal to his uniform. The 17-year-old Hartford High School senior attained the rank on Oct. 15, and an Eagle Court of Honor was held for …

On Fashion: Is Gray the New Black? For Hair, It’s Becoming the Latest Fashion

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Baltimore — Writer Joan Didion, looking fragile and all of her 80 years under wispy, chalk-white hair, is the new face of Celine’s spring 2015 advertising campaign. Joni Mitchell, signature cheekbones as hard as granite under her long, …

When Music and Politics Mix

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New York — Leaving the Metropolitan Opera recently after hearing Valery Gergiev conduct Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, I walked past a handful of shivering Ukrainian activists standing in the frigid cold on the sidewalk. They waved …

Waning Funds May End Philippines’ 40-Year Organ Festival

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Manila, Philippines — A nearly 200-year-old Philippine bamboo pipe organ, said to be the oldest and most complete in the world, has survived time, storms and wars. But an annual concert festival that has showcased its unique, lilting …

To Your Good Health: Psyllium Allergy Rare but Possible

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I would like to know if you have ever heard of a person being allergic to psyllium fiber? My doctor suggested I take Metamucil for constipation, as opposed to stool softeners. However, when I took it, my face and eyes began to itch, I began …

Miss Manners: Don’t Blame Higher Education for People Who Are Rude

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: What do you think of a daughter who sends her mother the following requirement (among others) for a “cordial” relationship with her? “Accept that husband is going to call you by your first name. We need you never again to register a verbal or nonverbal …

Labs Named Top Breed in U.S.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New York — America’s fondness for Labrador retrievers is still setting records, but bulldogs are breaking new ground. Labs reigned as the nation’s top dog last year for the 24th year after breaking poodles’ decades-old record in 2013, according to American Kennel Club rankings set to be released …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for March 1-7

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Don’t Miss Downton Abbey — It’s the holiday-themed Season 5 finale of this still-addictive period drama and we have lots of questions: Why won’t the cops leave Anna (Joanne Froggatt) alone? Will Tom (Allen Leech) stay or go? Is poor Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) finally in her happy …