Life & Times

"New franchise parking lot, West Lebanon, New Hampshire, 1971" from Jonathan Sa'adah's book "How Many Roads?: Photographs of the Sixties and Early Seventies." (Jonathan Sa'adah photograph)

Days of Change and Growth

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Of all the odd places to sit down for an interview, the McDonald’s on Route 12A might be the oddest. But in the case of …

For Art’s Sake, an Old Rallying Cry Returns: ‘Take Back Vermont’

Friday, January 30, 2015

Last week, in a startlingly random context, I came across something I thought only the people where I’m from remember. Among the listings I receive …

The Tyranny Of ‘Awesome’

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Monday in an online chat, a reader sent in a great question that clarified some things I’ve been thinking about lately. “Is it just me, …

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 …

Miss Manners: Woman With Lots of Friends Is Ready to Celebrate

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: I am a 51-year-old woman who has a lot of friends. I’ve been to engagement parties, weddings, baptisms, first communions, kids’ birthdays up to the age of 18, etc. I’m blessed to have so many friends. I have never been married or have kids. I …

Don’t Panic: The First Lady Wore a Suit

Sunday, January 25, 2015

First lady Michelle Obama is a known admirer of designer Michael Kors, having chosen his sleek black sheath for her official White House portrait. So it was no surprise that she would choose a look from one of …