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 …

Teens’ Use of E-Cigarettes Worries Officials

Monday, November 17, 2014

Washington — More high school students are using electronic cigarettes, according to new findings, raising concerns among health officials that the growing diversification of tobacco products could get more young people addicted to nicotine. While a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that …

Cardiac Clinical Trials Short On Diversity

Monday, November 17, 2014

Women, racial minorities, and people over 75 are underrepresented in the clinical trials that help determine the way all cardiac patients are treated, a study from Lankenau Medical Center researchers has found. This means that the recommendations that doctors use to treat heart problems may not be the …

Life Insurance Firms Could Ask for Access to Genetic Test Results

Monday, November 17, 2014

So you’re thinking you might like to check out one of those inexpensive new tests that would give you some insight into, say, the health implications of your ethnic heritage. It may, incidentally, turn up findings you may or may not want — say, on your Alzheimer’s disease …

Hollywood Film Awards, Dubious History Land in Prime Time

Monday, November 17, 2014

Two years ago, Quentin Tarantino sheepishly walked onto the stage of the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s ballroom to collect a Hollywood Film Awards screenplay prize for his gonzo western Django Unchained. The movie wouldn’t arrive in theaters for nine more weeks. “It’s strange to get an award while I’m …

Just My Style

Monday, November 17, 2014

Alexis McKay, 4, of Bradford, Vt., shows a dress she picked out to her stepfather Wayne Sarll during the Upper Valley Community Clothing Swap’s fourth annual fall and winter swap at Bugbee Senior Center in White River Junction …

Audio Slideshow: The Cowboy And the Celt

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bethel —To set the scene at his concerts, cowboy singer and fiddler Skip Gorman sometimes places a fake campfire onstage. But he didn’t need that prop for a recent house concert with renowned Celtic singer Connie Dover, where …

The Souls Of Birds

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Floyd Scholz, one of the world’s leading bird carvers, lives atop a mountain in Hancock, Vt. The view from his house looks south down the narrow White River Valley. It’s the kind of panorama a hawk would have …

‘Rosewater’ Writers Share a Sense of the Absurdity of Authoritarianism

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Telluride, Colo. — It was easy for Maziar Bahari and Jon Stewart to laugh now. They were sharing a table in the shade of oak trees at the annual film festival here, where their movie, Rosewater, had just …

A Heaping Helping of Thanksgiving History

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Looking for an old-fashioned Thanksgiving experience? Pull up a chair to a re-creation of an early American holiday dinner or open hearth cooking demonstration. You’ll get a savory journey into the past — along with a heaping helping of history. That’s what guests find when they attend the …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: For Want of a Nail

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Better Than … Qxd7 Chess is an extravagant embodiment of the simple idea that life is a continuous parade of moments with a beginning and end. In life, win or lose, there is always a new game, if not a series of new games that …