Life & Times

Surrounded by the glow of a halo around the sun, Jenny Wright, left, and her daughter Vanessa Keith, right, of Unity, prune apple trees at Riverview Farm in Plainfield, N.H.  Monday, March 16, 2015. Wright and her husband Stan McCumber have been pruning apple trees and picking the fruit around New England for about 45 years. "That's one of the fringe benefits of this job - seeing sky events," said Wright. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Tree’s Company: After Fire, Unity Couple Keep Branching Out

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Unity — Sometimes a bronze glow isn’t what it seems. Stan McCumber and his wife, Jenny Wright, have grown accustomed to the question prompted by …

Revolutionary Cinema

Friday, April 17, 2015

You say you want a revolution in the stories you watch or tell onscreen? Let the White River Indie Festival (WRIF) count the ways on …

For Grass, Writing Became A Moral Duty

Friday, April 17, 2015

How will Gunter Grass be remembered? The German Nobel laureate, who died Monday at age 87, was not just a novelist but also a political …

Movie Review: ‘Monkey Kingdom’ Offers a Revolution in Cuteness

Friday, April 17, 2015

Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature’s latest Earth Day offering, is an intriguing peek inside the social structure of macaque monkey society in Sri Lanka. So while it’s got plenty of cute macaque monkeys, playing and cavorting, there’s also a little social commentary in the mirror the monkey movie holds up …

‘Child 44’ Delves Into Soviet Darkness

Friday, April 17, 2015

Child 44 is involving despite itself. At times awkward and self-conscious, this despairing police tale starring Tom Hardy and set in the USSR during the last days of dictator Josef Stalin, manages to muster enough punch to hold …

On ‘Orphan Black,’ Hard-Working Actress Gets Some Company

Friday, April 17, 2015

Meryl Streep needs to step up her game. Those three Oscars and two Emmys are little more than impressive paperweights. She can slip into numerous accents, but so could Rich Little. If the so-called Hollywood queen really wants to earn her tiara, she’ll have to take an acting …

Hanging Out

Friday, April 17, 2015

Jon Gover, 13, relaxes in a tree at dusk in East Bethel on Thursday. Valley News — James M. Patterson …

Painting for Puppies

Friday, April 17, 2015

At the Country Animal Hospital in Bethel, South Royalton High School freshman Aliza George puts finishing touches on a panel she has painted for a mural in the dog day care and training facility at the animal hospital. …

‘The Hunting Ground’ Plays Out Like a Campus Horror Movie

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Hunting Ground , a documentary about sexual assault on American college campuses that will be screened Saturday at 7 p.m. in Spaulding Auditorium at Dartmouth College, looks and sounds like a horror film. There are scenes of …

Art Against Extremism: Abderrahmane Sissako to Receive Dartmouth Film Award

Friday, April 17, 2015

The presentation of the Dartmouth Film Award to Mauritanian-born director Abderrahmane Sissako on Tuesday is timely. The award acknowledges the rise to artistic prominence of film directors from Africa, which is a little like saying the rise to …

Six Reasons To Watch ‘Other Space’

Friday, April 17, 2015

The expectations for Other Space are unfairly high. Paul Feig wrote the series, and the last time he set his sights on a television show, it was the completely genius, utterly underappreciated Freaks and Geeks, which lasted one …

Different Religions Can Take a Heavy Toll on Relationships

Friday, April 17, 2015

In the United States, which has been referred to as the “great melting pot” for generations, it should come as no surprise that with all these different kinds of people has come practically as many ways of believing in a higher power. What may be surprising is that …

Phil Klay Among Finalists for PEN Literary Awards

Friday, April 17, 2015

Iraq War veteran Phil Klay continues to win accolades for Redeployment, a story collection based on his experience as a Marine. The book won a National Book Award last fall and a National Book Critics Circle Award in March, and on Thursday morning Redeployment was named a finalist …