Life & Times

"Sun Up" by Deborah Baker, of Springfield, N.H.

The Winners

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A panel of Valley News judges looked at 405 entries for the 2015 Valley News Amateur Photography Contest, narrowing them down to 24 finalists. They …

Music to Set a Soul at Ease

Friday, March 27, 2015

Just a few more weary days and then I’ll fly away To a land where joys will never end I’ll fly away – from I’ll …

House Designed by Honda Puts U.S. Power Grid to the Test

Friday, March 27, 2015

Davis, Calif. — There are no flying cars in Susan O’Hara and Stuart Bennett’s garage, nor robot servants waiting to fetch their slippers and a …

Finding the Home Cure: Experiments in an Ancient Form of Preserving Meat

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cured meats are all the rage these days in the culinary world, and charcuterie is popping up on restaurant menus across the globe. And a number of new cookbooks, including one by an East Barnard resident, are making …

Notes From the Garden: The Gentle Horticultural Art of Kokebana

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

This time of year I am champing at the bit, all set to garden, but without much I can do outside. So I was delighted to visit a friend in Maine who was experimenting with an art form/planting technique that was new to me: kokebana. This is a …

For Some at Easter, It’s Not About Ham ... It’s the Butter Lamb

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chicago — Baked ham and brightly colored eggs are standard Easter fare for many families. But for some, it’s the butter that takes center stage. That is, butter shaped like a lamb. Popular in pockets throughout the country, …

James Corden Debuts and Builds on Late Night’s New Niceness

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

When I’m worried about something and I can’t sleep, I count those nice guys instead of sheep, and I fall aaaasssleeeepp counting those niiiiiiice guys. James Corden made his debut as the new host of CBS’ The Late, …

School Notes: Rivendell Senior Looks to Next Frontier, a Summer Program With NASA

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Long before NASA chose Aquene Sausville of West Fairlee for its Community College Aerospace Scholars program, Rivendell Academy science teacher Kerry (Doc) Browne could tell that this girl was going places. “I had Aquene in conceptual physics in …

Young Writers Project: Bad Ideas That Turned Out OK

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on web sites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, …

Offering Answers About COPD

Monday, March 23, 2015

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, affects some 24 million Americans, and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer, according to the American Lung Association. Over his 35-year career, Donald …

Biography Examines First Lady’s Chicago Years

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A new book about Michelle Obama reveals little-known details about the first lady and more fully outlines the ways her relationship with her husband shaped both their lives. In the biography, Michelle Obama: A Life, veteran journalist Peter Slevin portrays the first lady as a full partner in …

The Song Is Over, as ‘Glee’ Ends Its Tuneful 6-Season Run

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New York — The Glee series finale delivered glorious news that William McKinley High School is being turned into an arts school and that Will Schuester, who started its glee club way back in 2009, will become its principal. Oh, and that wondrous show choir, New Directions, won …

Salting Into Spring

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

After putting down sand, Jerry Lyman sprinkles salt on a walkway at his Hartford home on Monday. He and his wife have lived in the house since 1975. They raised their family and had horses on the property …