Life & Times

Jim Brown's "Free to Rock," a film about the influence of Western music on the Soviet bloc, is showing at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, N.H., on April 27, 2015, as part of the closing event of the White River Indie Films festival. (Courtesy photograph)

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 …

Returning a Dead Red-Tailed Hawk to the Upper Valley Earth

Friday, April 17, 2015

I was driving home on Route 5 north, just out of Norwich village, when I saw a pile of tan and white feathers by the …

Vt. Senators Make Shift on Vaccine Rules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Montpelier — Senate lawmakers are considering the elimination of the philosophical exemption for parents who wish to send their children to Vermont public schools without being vaccinated. On Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland, introduced an amendment to a bill intended to create a state vaccination database, which …

Rhythm and Dance

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dartmouth junior Cassidy Milo, of Wauseon, Ohio, dances while listening to worship music on the Dartmouth Green in Hanover on Monday. Milo, an engineering major, is a member of For Your Glory, a Christian dance group on campus. …

Homemade Pies: Time to Take Pizza Into Your Own Hands

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Making pizza at home is not that big of a deal. People do it all the time. I have a friend who makes pizza so often that he uses his bread machine exclusively for pizza dough. He makes …

Notes From the Garden: Until the Soil Dries Out, Resist the Urge to Dig, Till and Rake

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring has been slow in showing its colors. Snowdrops, usually up in early March at my house, were a month late. Crocus, the early ones, and winter aconite (a flower that is a nice school-bus-yellow color) are finally blooming. But everything is slow, and the ground is still …

Brown Bread Grows Scarce, Even Here in New England

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

For as long as I can remember, my favorite bread, the bread that I still crave above all breads, has come in a can. It’s called brown bread, or outside of New England, where it is mostly unheard …

Brian Williams’ Future at NBC Could Soon Become Clear

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Andrew Lack, the former and current head of NBC News, started his old job anew last week staring at a monumental dilemma: What to do about Brian Williams? The anchorman who was the face of NBC News and its signature Nightly News was brought low in February by …

Born to Ride

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On the first day with his training wheels off, Thomas Buskey, 5, gets help from his mom, Phoebe, to keep from tipping over while practicing riding his bike in the driveway of their home in White River Junction. …

Spring Chores

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Jesse Pease, of West Fairlee, right, stacks firewood with his father-in-law, Donald Lefebure, of Haverhill, outside a friend’s home in Lyme on Monday. The firewood had spent the winter under several feet of snow and ice. “It’s a …

School Notes: New Teacher Keeps Cornish Elementary Science Fair Going

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Leading up to the science fair for his 49 students in grades 5 to 8 at Cornish Elementary School last Wednesday , first-year teacher Paul Hammond issued a boast to his students: He would outscore everyone who tested …

Can Colleges Maintain the English Major?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

College Park, Md. — Mary Garhart fell in love with reading in middle school, devouring Christopher Paolini’s fantasy novel Eragon and the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Then she moved to classics from Charles Dickens, A Tale …