Life & Times

John Graham works to edit his dissertation on traditional music of Georgia at the Howe Library in Hanover, N.H., on March 31, 2015. Graham says he often listens to a variety of music while polishing the more tedious aspects of his work, including the music he is studing. 
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A Solitary Quest

Saturday, April 25, 2015

John Graham can count on the fingers of one hand how many American academics have immersed themselves in studying the liturgical chant music of the …

Iraqi Boy’s Dream of Becoming Dancer Defied Threats, Borders

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Amman, Jordan — As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on …

‘Adaline’ Is a Love Story for the Ages

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hollywood long ago ceded “love that stands the test of time” to the realm of science fiction and fantasy, so The Age of Adaline falls …

Dijon Mustard Amps Up The Flavor of Chicken

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

One of my pantry staples for adding flavor, but not fat and calories, is Dijon mustard. I’m never without it. Dijon mustard is a kitchen workhorse. Having a bottle or jar on hand is a quick route to an easy meal. You can use Dijon to make a …

Notes From The Garden: Parsnips and Sorrel Are Early Garden Treats to Harvest Now

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

On April 15 — tax day — I celebrated getting my taxes done by eating my first food of the spring from my vegetable garden. Just a day or two after the snow melted I dug into the …

Hop Center Director to Retire

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hanover — The director of Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts announced his coming retirement Monday. Almost as soon as Jeff James started telling people in his broad network of performing-arts and collegiate fund-raising professionals of his departure …

Disguises Are a Big Part of the Appeal of ‘The Americans’

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

As KGB agents on the television show The Americans, characters Philip and Elizabeth Jennings hide in plain sight as a married couple with children in suburban Washington, D.C., during the Reagan administration. But when they have to carry out a covert operation — a dead drop, an asset …

Making Music

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

From left, Aya Doty, 8, of Fairlee, McKenna Smith, 9, of Bradford, Vt., and Trinity Anaya, 8, of Bradford, Vt., practice a song they wrote together at Virtuosis! Instrument Immersion Week, a music camp at Thetford Elementary School …

School Notes: Donor Provides Chelsea Elementary With Windfall of Books

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Something in the way Chelsea Elementary School teacher Jessica Cosmo wrote her online request spoke across the miles and the years to Vermont native Susan Bugbee in her adopted Arizona. “We begin each day with our morning meeting,” …

Colleges Grapple With Cheating

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Los Angeles — Stanford University’s honor code dates to 1921, written by students to help guide them through the minefield of plagiarism, forbidden collaboration, copying and other chicaneries that have tempted undergraduates since they first arrived on college campuses. Exams aren’t proctored and students are expected to police …

Young Writers Project: When a Bad Idea Turns Out to Be Great or Maybe Not So Good

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, The …

Sissy Spacek Is Adjusting to the Series Pace in ‘Bloodline’

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sissy Spacek remembers the kaleidoscope of emotions she felt when she earned her first lead actress Oscar nomination as the tormented telekinetic teen in Brian De Palma’s 1976 horror film, Carrie. “I was so excited when I got nominated,” said Spacek. “Then I was struck with terror and …

Replacement

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Peter Henderson plants a spruce outside his home in White River Junction on Monday. “Hopefully, a snow plow won’t hit it this year,” he said. Henderson said he plans to plant peas next week if the weather cooperates.Valley …