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 …

Naturally Curious: Shapes and Colors of Plants Indicate Their Healing Purposes

Monday, April 13, 2015

Long before modern medicine, finding cures for ailments was done by trial and error. People turned to plants, and if you consumed or inhaled something, you either lived or died. If you lived, and your ailment was cured, …

Stan Freberg’s Subversive Cocktail of Comedy and Commerce

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Stan Freberg, a great man of comedy and of commercials, died last week at the age of 88. His career ranged wide, from cartoon voice-overs and puppetry to satirical hit records and radio series to Clio-winning ad campaigns. …

Enjoy the Sunshine

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

John Dunn gets a visit on the porch of his Enfield home from his neighbor Wayne Stone’s dog Jack while enjoying the spring weather with his wife Marian, left, and brother-in-law William Robertson, of Lebanon, on Monday. Jack …

German Nobel Literature Laureate Guenter Grass Dies at 87

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Berlin — Guenter Grass was to Germany what William Faulkner was to the old American South: The bard, scourge and pathfinder of a society ruined by moral disgrace and humiliated by military defeat. For much of his adult …

Brain Knows To Start Learning

Monday, April 13, 2015

Anyone who’s ever learned music probably remembers reaching a point when they just played without “thinking” about the notes. It turns out that a little bit of disconnect goes a long way in learning motor tasks, according to a study published online last week in the journal Nature …

NASA Scientists Say We’ll Find Alien Life in 10 to 20 Years

Monday, April 13, 2015

Are we alone in the universe? Top NASA scientists say the answer is almost certainly “no.” “I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years,” Ellen Stofan, chief scientist for …

Comic Book Heroes Not Hiding in the Shadows Any More

Monday, April 13, 2015

It’s Lex Luthor’s worst nightmare. Television is recruiting more comic-book superheroes than the Justice League of America, from the steely-eyed members of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., featuring cameos from the blockbuster Avengers films, to The Flash, the highest-rated series in CW’s history. And the squad is expanding. Netflix …

Pope: Turks Committed Genocide

Monday, April 13, 2015

Vatican City — Pope Francis on Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians by calling the massacre by Ottoman Turks “the first genocide of the 20th century” and urging the international community to recognize it …

First Cast

Monday, April 13, 2015

A.J. Gauthier, of Quechee, casts a line while fishing on the Ottauquechee River in Taftsville on Sunday. Gauthier took advantage of the warm weather and found a secluded spot near the Taftsville Covered Bridge to cast a couple …

Springtime Sugaring

Monday, April 13, 2015

Nic Cook boils sap outside his home at Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford last week. Cook used to work for a 1,500-tap maple farm, but this year he and his fiancee, Anya Gendal, decided to set up …