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A portrait of Perry Baird, the subject of Mimi Baird's book, "He Wanted the Moon," discussing her father's life with bipolar disorder, sits in her home next to other artifacts related to the book in Woodstock, Vt., on Jan. 23, 2015. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

A Daughter’s Discovery: Memoirist Draws From Her Father’s Diary of Mental Illness

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mimi Baird was 6 when her father went away. She didn’t know where he’d gone, or why. Questions to her mother went unanswered; a wall …

Has America Killed Off Satire and Turned Into a Spoof of Itself?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Did postmodernism kill literary satire? I’ve been wondering about this in the wake of the terror attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, known …

Book Notes: New Works by Local Authors and Readings Scheduled, Including Bookstock 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Best-selling author John Vaillant will be talking about his new novel, The Jaguar’s Children, on Saturday afternoon at Woodstock’s Norman Williams Public Library. Vaillant, who …

Snow Stroll

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lisa and Tim Holtz, of Claremont, explore Blow-Me-Down Farm at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish on Sunday. Although the farm is usually closed to the public, tour guides from Saint-Gaudens gave the first of five guided snowshoe …

Let It Snow And Snow: Welcoming Winter Weather With Joy, Enthusiasm

Sunday, January 25, 2015

When I was a child, growing up in the mountains of Tennessee, my younger sister and I would check the weather forecast religiously during the winter, hoping and praying for snow. If there was at least a 15 …

Life Here: Friendly, Capable Voices on the Other End of the Phone

Monday, January 26, 2015

“Intruder, leave the premises immediately!” intoned a menacing voice. “Oh blast, I’ve done it again,” I thought. After a wakeful night troubled by longing for my late husband, Bob, I had opened an outside door without disarming the …

A Candidate’s Daughter Urges Mitt Romney Not to Run, for His Family’s Sake

Sunday, January 25, 2015

There’s really no way to explain what it’s like to watch your parent run for president. Those of us who’ve been through it are members of a very small, bizarre club. Those of us who’ve been through it …

Cats Love Playing With Apps

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Los Angeles — When Laura Fritz’s felines play with her iPad, her fat cat loses the urge to eat, her scaredy-cat loses his fear and her youngest just loses interest. If you’ve had enough time to play with the tablet you got for the holidays, try turning the …

Haverhill Restores Its Missing Weathervane

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Haverhill — Thanks to historical society volunteers, a landmark building in Haverhill Corner has something it’s been missing for at least 80 years — a weathervane. A replica of what is thought to be the original, a shiny …

When Comics and Galaxies Collide

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Star Wars is coming home. Not at the movies, but in the comics. On Jan. 14, Marvel released Star Wars No. 1 , a new series set right after the first movie, the one released in 1977 (which …

Veterans, Shelter Dogs Work to Save Each Other

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chicago — James Elmore was putting Vienna, a pit bull mix, through her paces. On command, she sat, went to the down position, crawled, reached to shake hands. And if that didn’t impress, there was one of those …

Windsor Farmers Market Surveys Shoppers, Vendors

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Windsor — Organizers of the Windsor Farmers Market are asking would be and actual shoppers and vendors to take an online survey designed to improve the market. For the past few years, the outdoor market has been held on Sundays at about the same time. The survey asks …

Still Rockin’ the Road at 81

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Las Vegas — Another Saturday night on Earth. How is this one different? “Honestly, nothing is distinct after a while,” Willie Nelson confesses. He’s talking about life on the road at 81, when wisdom makes the totality of …