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Carol Westberg, of Hanover, N.H., will read from her poetry at Bookstock in Woodstock, Vt., on July 24, 2015. (Rob Strong photograph)

Summer Readings Make Noise After the Fourth’s Fireworks

Friday, July 3, 2015

For bibliophiles who enjoy hearing authors and poets recite from their work in person instead of on tape (OK, iPod or CD), the options for …

On Poetry: Looking Back on Nearly Four Years as the State’s Poet

Friday, July 3, 2015

This is, by my computation, my third to last column as Vermont’s poet laureate. I will be taking the summer off, as before, and my …

Karolina Waclawiak Writes Novels From the Outside

Friday, July 3, 2015

Karolina Waclawiak wants to talk about class. We’re sitting at Stark Bar on the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It’s the …

Film About Norwich’s One-Room Schools Raises Money to Save One

Friday, June 26, 2015

The former Root District School in Norwich is tucked off to the side of Union Village Road near the junction of Goodrich Four Corners Road. Built in 1937, it hasn’t been used as a school since 1945, but …

Businesses Rescue Wasted Food

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Washington — Ugly produce is midway through a massive makeover. Misshapen potatoes, multi-pronged carrots and past-their-prime apples — rebranded as “cosmetically challenged” and “beautiful in their own way” — are coming into vogue. Campaigns aimed at reducing food …

On Fashion: ‘Disneybounding’ Puts Adult Theme-Park Fans In Age-Appropriate ‘Costumes’

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Orlando — Grown-ups are playing dress-up in a fashion trend called “Disneybounding,” which allows fans to display devotion without donning a Cinderella gown or a Buzz Lightyear spacesuit. The styles shoot for subtle, yet colorful, salutes to Disney …

Laws Are Confusing on Emotional Support Animals

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Los Angeles — Your sidekick is loyal. Clever. A great comfort to you and others. But does that mean your animal companion deserves access in public places that other people’s pets don’t get? Maybe. The law is murky …

July 4 Events Set in W. Windsor

Sunday, June 28, 2015

West Windsor — July 4th celebrations in West Windsor are set for Friday and Saturday. The events kick off Friday with kids’ activities, food and fireworks at Mt. Ascutney. The Royal Towne Brass Quintet will play from 7-9 p.m. Saturday opens with a pancake breakfast at Brownsville Community …

Little-Understood Nina Simone Focus of New Documentary

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Kanye West sampled her, Chanel made her into a jingle and President Obama called her song Sinnerman one of his 10 favorites. But for a woman whose music is so widely admired, Nina Simone has long been little …

How Reagan Helped the Dead

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The rise of the Grateful Dead from cult band to rock ’n’ roll juggernaut didn’t take hold until some 20 years after the group was born in Palo Alto, Calf., in the 1960s. Who led the charge? Besides …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for June 28-July 4

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Don’t Miss Fourth of July celebrations — Here’s our big bang theory: Nothing beats watching fireworks live and in person. But if you happen to be welded to the couch this year, television has plenty of “oohs” and “ahs” to offer. The special programming includes the Macy’s 4th …

To Your Good Health: Medicines Seemingly at Odds Can Work Together

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am being treated for macular degeneration with injections of Lucentis into the eye. My cardiologist has determined that I have atrial fibrillation and wants to prescribe the anticoagulant Coumadin (warfarin). My non-medical mind senses that these two drugs have opposing functions relative to blood …

Miss Manners: Luck Had Nothing to Do With Surviving Serious Accident

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: Several months ago, I was in a serious car accident. I am recovering well, but the accident has left me with lingering pain and mobility issues. At least a dozen friends and family members have felt the need to tell me how “lucky” I am …