Life & Times

Cherokee Purple, one of the most popular heirloom tomatoes, was introduced to the larger gardening world by Craig LeHoullier, after he received a letter with seeds from John D. Green in 1990. Green said they were given to him by a neighbor, who in turn had received them a century earlier from Cherokee Indians. (Shoe Heel Factory/Storey Publishing)

Author Sings Praises of Heirloom Varieties in ‘Epic Tomatoes’

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Craig LeHoullier loves tomatoes. Not in the pass-me-the-spaghetti-sauce sense as much as in the gardening sense. He is the tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange, …

Raise Your Glass: Big Name Behind a Nice Cab

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Carnivor, cabernet sauvignon 2013, Modesto, Calif., $9.99 to $12.99 When I was in elementary school, we were considered cool if we could say a few …

Notes From the Garden: Starting Seeds Indoors

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

After arguably the coldest, snowiest winter on record, I am ready for spring. OK, maybe the winter of 1934 was colder. So what? I still …

How Will You Die if You’re a Rock Star?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

There is much mystery surrounding the death of Tupac Shakur, killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. Was Shakur’s murder gang-related? Was it part of the East Coast/West Coast hip-hop rivalry — perhaps related to …

Miss Manners: Send Thanks Rather Than Announcement to Former Professors

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: I will be completing my graduate studies during the next college semester, and I’m unsure as to what the proper etiquette is regarding the mailing of announcements. I would like to share this accomplishment with the professors who guided me during my undergraduate career, but …

To Your Good Health: Increase in Prescription Price Can Be Hardship

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I had a partial thyroidectomy over 40 years ago due to an enlarged thyroid, which was benign. I have been on varying amounts of thyroid hormone replacement ever since — initially Armour, then Synthroid, and now levothyroxine 88 mcg. Until recently, the cost of levothyroxine …

Wheels: Feels Like a Tiger Under the Hood

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The little wagon was a pleasant surprise, equipped with the best four-cylinder engine I have driven. Because of what seemed to be its strictly utilitarian nature — it is often used as a small cargo van in the …

Nuts and Bolts: Ram ProMaster City Wagon SLT

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bottom line: The Ford Transit Connect has a bona fide challenger in this one. Ford should take it seriously, and so should the Ram marketing people. As for consumers, especially small businesses looking for an urban commercial hauler, the Ram ProMaster City is a buy. Ride, acceleration and …

Round Is in at This Home Design Show

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New York — Curves have been all over the fashion and celebrity magazines, and are finding their way into design and décor too. “They’re sensuous and inviting,” New York designer Barry Goralnick said at the Architectural Digest Home …

Breaking Up Is Hard, Breaking Up Online Is Worse

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Breaking up may have seemed “hard to do” when Neil Sedaka first crooned the lyric in 1962. But Neil Sedaka didn’t have to deal with the dreaded dissolution of the Facebook relationship status. Or the awkward unfollowing of the ex’s friends. Or the hourly reminders — on Instagram, …

Antarctica Tourists: Expect the Unexpected

Sunday, March 29, 2015

King George Island, Antarctica — They trekked snow-covered mountains, gasped at seals flopping along the coastline and oohed at penguins waddling along on the ice, and even took in the spectacle of a humpback whale flapping its tail …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: ‘You Don’t Know Me’

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hint and Explanation: First, Create a Pin Bobby Fischer was often described as a loner by a mainstream press that was puzzled by his unorthodox and inaccessible behavior and seemingly exceptional need for privacy. Contrary to popular perception, he could be strikingly open and engaging, He was not …

Indiana Rally Protests Law

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Indianapolis — Hundreds of people gathered outside of the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, some carrying “no hate in our state” signs, to rally against a new law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people. The law’s …