Life & Times

A transcribed copy of the Unabomber’s manifesto, which was analyzed by linguists. (The Washington Post - Mike Morgan)

Linguistic Fingerprints

Sunday, March 1, 2015

In an episode of the CBS show Criminal Minds that aired last year, an FBI team is on a frantic hunt for a missing 4-year-old. …

The Outside Story: Porcupines Waddle Through Winter

Monday, March 2, 2015

The porcupine is one of the most unusual and recognizable mammals in the north woods. And thanks to its short legs and fat body, it’s …

For Sugarers, Labor Is Sweet

Sunday, March 1, 2015

“I’ve always been told that you have to be missing half your brain to be a sugarmaker,” joked Ben Kezar, of Springfield, N.H., who owns …

Conan O’Brien Takes His Show to Cuba for a Special Hour

Saturday, February 28, 2015

New York — On Wednesday’s show, Conan O’Brien will be found in a familiar place: behind a desk. Or, rather, what he describes as a borrowed cafe table. In Havana, Cuba. But for most of the hour (11 …

Deep, Clear Memories: Writing Courses Spur Thetford Woman’s Memoir

Friday, February 27, 2015

While assembling the first volume of her memoirs in 2013, Thetford Center resident Virginia “Ginnie” Davenport ventured several times through the countryside of Middlesex, Vt., in search of remnants of the farm where she’d spent childhood summers with …

Norwich Illustrator’s Book Wins a Prestigious International Prize

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Norwich resident has won the internationally acclaimed Bologna Ragazzi Children’s book award for fiction. Lizi Boyd’s The Flashlight was chosen as the top fiction book out of 1,250 titles from 42 countries that were competing in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, new horizons and open prima. An international …

On Poetry: The Moral Force of Jean Connor’s Poems

Friday, February 27, 2015

It has been almost two years since I celebrated one of Vermont’s literary treasures, Jean Connor, a poet who, after a long career as a librarian in upstate New York, now lives at Wake Robin in Shelburne, Vt. Here I offer such celebration again, for no especial reason …

Norwich Illustrator’s Book Wins a Prestigious International Prize

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Norwich resident has won the internationally acclaimed Bologna Ragazzi Children’s book award for fiction. Lizi Boyd’s The Flashlight was chosen as the top fiction book out of 1,250 titles from 42 countries that were competing in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, new horizons and open prima. An international …

Attention Music Shoppers: Young Musicians Release Recordings and Hope for the Best

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The music business has long been a challenge. But the advent of the Internet has made it even more confusing. While it’s easier for a musician to get his work in front of listeners, it’s a crowded field. …

Art Notes: Self-Portraiture in the Age of the Selfie

Thursday, February 26, 2015

What does self-portraiture look like in the era of the selfie? Selfies flood social media, and rain down on us like confetti. If you’re in a public space it’s common currency to see people tilting their faces up …

Entertainment Highlights: David Greenfield Follows His Musical Bliss

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

About midway through the indoor Lebanon Farmer’s Market last Saturday, David T. Greenfield was bringing one of his favorite k.d. lang songs in for a landing. “‘Oh I go crazy/When that mooooon shines above,’” Greenfield crooned to the …

Deep, Clear Memories: Writing Courses Spur Thetford Woman’s Memoir

Friday, February 27, 2015

While assembling the first volume of her memoirs in 2013, Thetford Center resident Virginia “Ginnie” Davenport ventured several times through the countryside of Middlesex, Vt., in search of remnants of the farm where she’d spent childhood summers with …

On Poetry: The Moral Force of Jean Connor’s Poems

Friday, February 27, 2015

It has been almost two years since I celebrated one of Vermont’s literary treasures, Jean Connor, a poet who, after a long career as a librarian in upstate New York, now lives at Wake Robin in Shelburne, Vt. Here I offer such celebration again, for no especial reason …