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Disconnected: Documenting the Disappearing ‘Pay Phone’ With ‘Instant Film’

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The last time I used a pay phone was in the summer of 2012, when a colleague and I were reporting on a bear mauling …

Dan Mackie: The ‘Downtown’ Economy

Saturday, May 2, 2015

I have confessed previously to a fondness for Downton Abbey — the British historical drama/soap opera that shines like fine silver. That is, it shines …

A Powerful Drama at Shaker Bridge

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Shaker Bridge Theatre’s production of Jon Robin Baitz’ play Other Desert Cities is riveting, funny and heartbreaking, and the actors give an all-around powerful performance. …

A Squeeze of Flavor: Hanover Native Pens ‘Lemon Cookbook’

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

When my wife and I lived in Tampa, we had grapefruit, lime and Meyer lemon trees growing in our yard, and my Scots heritage dictated that we used every piece of fruit they produced. We juiced and cooked …

Notes From the Garden: Spring Is for Wildflowers

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wildflowers have wowed me since I was a little boy. I remember seeing pink lady-slippers in a pine woods in Hingham, Mass., when I was just 2 years old and being awed by them. My mom wouldn’t let …

If a Box of Spaghetti Is a Friend in the Pantry, Meet Your New Best Friend

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

For a busy weekday cook, having a good dried spaghetti in the pantry is about 90 percent of having dinner made. Dress it with butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano, or chopped fresh tomatoes and olive oil, and you have a …

‘Fun Home’ Earns 12 Tony Nods

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New York — The musicals An American in Paris and Fun Home each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season. One side is sunny — the dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film with George and …

Pick Up Sticks

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Under a large old Ash tree, Harold Sanborn picks up sticks in his yard in North Grantham on Tuesday. Sanborn has lived there since 1967. He resides there now with his mother. Valley News — Jennifer Hauck …

Brew University

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pomona, Calif. — A bachelor’s in beer? A master’s in malt? Not quite. But these days some colleges are teaching students to make beer as part of their studies. When California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, fired up its …

America’s Most Challenging High Schools

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Washington Post’s America’s Most Challenging High Schools list is designed to recognize schools that challenge average students. These top-performing schools, listed in alphabetical order, were excluded from the list because, despite their exceptional quality, their admission rules and standardized test scores indicate they have few or no …

Tucked Away in an Attic, Hidden Stories for Young Writers

Tuesday, April 28, 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, …

America's Most Challenging High Schools

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index invented by Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews. The index formula is a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education …

Hardest Courses Should Be Open To All Students

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

When my wife and I lived in Scarsdale, N.Y., in the 1990s, I was surprised that our son Peter had to take an entrance exam to get into the Advanced Placement U.S. History course at the local public high school. I remembered the five years I spent writing …