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Sisters On Shin Pierson, left, and Debbie Clough, both of Grafton, N.H., sing and play guitar at Genesis HealthCare in Lebanon, N.H., on April 15, 2015. Kenneth Underhill, of Hartland, Vt., with his harmonica and his daughter Tess with a tambourine were sitting in on the hour long session of songs and jokes. Underhill was there to visit his father a resident at the facility. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Sister Act: A Few Songs, a Few Jokes and a Whole Lot of Love

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lebanon — It’s almost six o’clock on a Wednesday and the recreation room at Lebanon Center Genesis HealthCare is crowded with residents waiting for the …

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 …

Shonda Rhimes Speaks Out on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Shocker

Saturday, April 25, 2015

This article contains details about Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy. If you haven’t seen the episode, read on at your own peril. Grey’s Anatomy fans were shocked when Thursday’s episode of the long-running medical drama ended with the …

Bruce Jenner: My brain is more female than male

Saturday, April 25, 2015

New York — Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner says that “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman.” Jenner spoke in a long-awaited interview televised Friday with ABC’s Diane Sawyer about his gender identity, saying he has …

The Wallenberg Mystery: Dartmouth Author’s Novel Looks at the Diplomat’s Life

Friday, April 24, 2015

W hen the writer Alan Lelchuk lived in Budapest from 1999 to 2000, teaching American literature at a local university, his errands routinely took him past a statue of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of …

Morrison’s Writing Still To the Point

Friday, April 24, 2015

In 1970 Toni Morrison detonated a beautiful atom bomb of a debut novel called The Bluest Eye. In telling the story of Pecola Breedlove, a little Ohio girl taught to hate her black skin, Morrison laid bare society’s poisonous obsession with racial appearance. She also introduced a theme …

Cookbook Introduces Mystery Writers, ‘Murderous’ Recipes

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mystery writers like to eat. So do their characters. Here’s an opportunity to meet and greet both without having any calories heading toward your waistline. The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, edited by Kate White, includes 109 writers …

Few Colleges Have Shakespeare Requirement

Friday, April 24, 2015

New York — As Shakespeare would say, “We have seen better days.” The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has found that less than 8 percent of the nation’s top universities require English majors to take a course focused on Shakespeare. The study, The Unkindest Cut: Shakespeare in …

What Joan Rivers Didn’t Take to the Grave

Friday, April 24, 2015

Joan Rivers has been dead less than a year, and already her daughter, Melissa, has written a biography about her. It was all her publisher’s idea, Rivers writes in The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation, which will be released May 5. Rivers says she …

Making Room in the Garden

Friday, April 24, 2015

Allison Johnston vacuums dead plant matter from around the phlox in her front yard in Taftsville on Thursday to make room for her plants to grow. “We just have so much going, we can never keep up,” she …

Rite of Spring

Friday, April 24, 2015

Peter Harding, of Norwich, Forrest Cole and his son, Steve, both of Lebanon, fly fish for trout along the Mascoma River in Enfield earlier this week. Harding said he was playing hooky. Forrest Cole said fishing the river …

Entertainment Highlights: Peter Yarrow to Perform in Haverhill

Thursday, April 23, 2015

If Peter Yarrow had a hammer, he’d h … Wait a minute: Did he ever stop hammering out danger in song, after the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965? Hammering out warning, after the first Earth …