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In this July 8, 2014 photo, Leanne Brown poses for a picture in her apartment in New York. The new cookbook “Good and Cheap,” written by Brown is aimed at helping put good, inexpensive food on the table without spending hours over it. The book, originally written for a master’s thesis was a surprise hit online, prompting Brown to turn to a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to put hardcover copies in the hands of the people who need it most. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Book Teaches Budget Cooking

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Leanne Brown didn’t set out to write a buzz-worthy cookbook for people who want fine-dining taste on a food stamp budget. Because Good and Cheap, …

Sick of Weeding Yet? It’s Time to Mulch Those Garden Beds

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I love the musical Porgy and Bess, especially the song, Summertime, with its catchy refrain, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” Clearly Gershwin was a) …

Summer Crowds Flock to Alaskan ‘Hot Dog Nazi’

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Anchorage, Alaska — There’s no shortage of hot dog stands hawking that spicy, oh-so-Alaska treat, the reindeer dog, in downtown Anchorage. But only one of …

Long After Playing Tarzan, Ron Ely Comes Back to Acting

Saturday, July 19, 2014

If you look at Ron Ely’s acting credits, there’s a huge gap between 2001 and 2014. Ely was happy to take the long break from his career working in TV and films, which dates back to 1958. “I stepped out of acting to raise a family and be …

‘Snow White’ Billboard at Auction

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dallas — A large, colorful billboard from the 1937 release of the animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is up for auction. Heritage Auctions said the rare billboard is expected to sell for at least $10,000 …

Push Smart

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Jackson Robert Avery, 4, of Strafford, pushes his ATV back into the garage after pushing it out into the driveway to sit on it at his home in Strafford on Friday. Valley News — Sarah Priestap …

The Lighter Side of Gay Pride: Randolph Play Festival Takes a Turn Toward Comedy 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Randolph — The importance of being earnest about the lives and tribulations of gays and lesbians will give way to an imperative to laugh, for two of the next 10 nights of the Vermont Pride Theater Summer Festival …

Gordimer Grasped The Power Of Writing

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nadine Gordimer, who died Sunday at age 90, understood the power of writing as a moral force. Not only in terms of literature (although that too) but also politically, in a country — apartheid-era South Africa — where …

New FX Shows Test Love’s Limits

Friday, July 18, 2014

The benefit of pushing boundaries is to burst through to some new, unexplored area that feels risky and revealing, and no subject seems in more desperate need of a fresh take than that of heterosexual relationships and marriage. Sometimes you want to scream “I get it already!” at …

Hollywood Cameraman Insists He Invented the Celebrity Selfie

Friday, July 18, 2014

Los Angeles — In the photographs, Lester Wisbrod is a constant: He always appears on the right, with a big smile and a satisfied look about him. On the left, a cavalcade of famous faces flashes by: Clint …

Art Notes: Saint-Gaudens Crowdsources An Exhibition

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Museum directors the world over may quake at the thought, but the staff at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish embarked on an unusual experiment this spring: turning the curating of an exhibition over to the public. Staff …

Entertainment Highlights: Amid Health Care Debate, Dance Company Performs ‘Healing’

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sharon — Can patients cure, dispel or at least ease what ails their bodies, their minds or their souls through their own actions? Over the next 10 days, the Flock Dance Troupe will ask, if not fully answer, that question through seven performances of artistic director Carol Langstaff’s …

Cows Losing Monopoly on Milk

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Just a few years ago, the term “milk” was synonymous with the stuff that came from cows. But now the dairy market is awash in plant-based alternatives made from soy, rice, almonds, coconut and hemp, driven largely by …