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"The Battle of Cedar Creek," a large-scale painting completed in 1874 by Vermont artist Julian Scott, hangs in the Cedar Creek Room of the Vermont Statehouse. A small replica of the painting was installed last week at the battlefield in Virginia, where Union soldiers from Vermont and New Hampshire were among the troops who scored a decisive victory for the North. (Photograph courtesy David Schutz, Vermont state curator)

Remembering Cedar Creek

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fought on Oct. 19, 1864, the Battle of Cedar Creek was the culminating battle for Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. More Vermonters fought in this battle than …

Grandma’s on Facebook, but Would It Kill You to Call Her?

Friday, October 24, 2014

There were many reactions Verizon Wireless salesman Joseph Ramireza expected to hear when he introduced an iPhone to his oldest client this year. It would …

Bradlee’s Sense of Style

Friday, October 24, 2014

“Hey, Tiger.” He said things like that. He had lusty greetings, exotic epithets and obsolete profanities he got away with. He was unabashed, uninhibited. Benjamin …

Dan Mackie: Zombie ‘Car Talk’

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Car Talk radio guys make me laugh, but not as much as they make themselves guffaw, tee-hee, chortle, snort and wheeze with delight. I often listen to them as I head to the dump on Saturday, or …

Distance and The Bonds Of Friendship

Saturday, October 18, 2014

This was the first time I’d watched her onstage in over two years. One of my closest childhood friends, she goes by “Katherine” or “Kat” now, but I still call her “Katie.” The last time I had seen her had been in April at her father’s funeral. Barely …

Pop Art Can Pack Big Design Punch

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mid-century modern style is now firmly planted in the home decor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st century following. Eye-catching, graphic, often tongue-in-cheek or sassily whimsical, pop art decor plays well off …

As Winter Gets Closer, Time to Organize the Garage

Sunday, October 19, 2014

With fall here and winter on its way, it might be time to straighten out the garage, so you can at least find the snow shovels when you need them. “Will it be another bad winter, Al?” you ask. I’ll tell you when it’s over. In the meantime, …

In Old Montreal, It All Seems to Happen on St. Paul Street

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Montreal — St. Paul, the oldest street in one of North America’s oldest cities, runs through the heart of Old Montreal. It’s barely a mile long, but its first cobblestones predated American democracy, and its restaurants, shops and …

A New Game for Dogs

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Youngsville, n.c. — With shouts of “point” and “drive” from her handler, the 3-year-old German shepherd charges into the triangle of brightly colored rubber orbs, scattering them with her nose like a cue stick breaking balls on a …

How to Find the Perfect Diamond

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but it can be difficult to figure out which diamond that is. Every diamond is classified by its carat size, color, cut and clarity — and the key to picking the best is finding a good combo of all four that …

To Your Good Health: Son Is Skeptical of Dad’s Unusual Remedy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In one of Dr. Donohue’s columns years ago, he wrote about pain in the rectum that he said was caused by “trapped gas” (as well as I can recall), and he recommended sitting on a baseball (or some kind of ball) for a bit and …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Anand All Over Again

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Just Take It Life and chess have much in common. The king is dead. A new king is appointed and the struggle for supremacy begins anew. It is the “eternal return,” or in the illustrious patois of Yogi Berra, “deja vu all over again.” A …

Why I Don’t Breastfeed, If You Must Know

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — The mothers in my “Baby & Me Yoga Fit,” class looked down from their tree poses, surprised as I poured some instant formula into a bottle. Feeding our babies whenever they were in need was one …