Life & Times

Graphic: Valentine’s Day Facts and Figures

Sunday, February 14, 2016

(Click here for the graphic by Shawn Braley that appeared in the SUNDAY VALLEY NEWS on Valentine’s Day 2016.) How wonderful it is, deep in …

Woods and Words

Saturday, February 13, 2016

F ive years ago, Dan Hamel wrote a poem he called A Hunter’s Prayer , which happened to be the first poem he’d ever written. …

Elevate Your Game, Guys: Roses Come in a Wide Variety of Colors

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Ahead of her Super Bowl appearance, Beyoncé received 10,000 roses from her husband Jay Z. This raises a number of questions: Did Jay Z arrange …

A Fleeting Art Form

Saturday, February 6, 2016

In 1998, Adrian Tans was living in Burlington and joined with a group of friends for a snow sculpture contest in one of the city’s lakeside parks. It was a lark, but to their surprise, their sculpture of, …

Feel Free to Doodle

Monday, February 8, 2016

In the first photo, Marilyn Dunten, of Wilder, looks on while artist Margaret Sheehan, of Hanover, teaches doodling at the Howe Library in Hanover on Saturday. In the second photo, Jenna Dixon, of Norwich, works on her doodle. …

Movie Review: Genre Mashup of ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Doesn’t Mesh

Friday, February 5, 2016

The latest incarnation of Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet is a most accomplished young woman. She’s studious, spunky, quick-witted and multilingual. And you should see the way she slaughters zombies. After all, she studied combat in China. For all the blood and guts, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is …

Celebrate Your Way With a Nod to Family Traditions

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Your wedding day? It’s “your” day. It’s all about you. Your wedding day? Your mother has been planning it since the day you were born. It can be challenging to celebrate your unique romance while somehow pleasing — …

White River Rotary Club Honors Award Winners

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Quechee — White River Rotary Club honored several of its members at an awards dinner last month at Murphy’s Farm. The awards honor achievements from the past Rotary year, which runs from July 1 to June 30. Nicolaas Bekker, president of the club for two consecutive terms, received …

Man Buns Are Here to Stay

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Akron, Ohio — When Justin Bieber was photographed wearing a man bun to a fundraising gala last month, the Twittersphere lit up. Some Bieber watchers welcomed the new ’ do. Some scorned it. Cinnabon saw it as an …

The Wintry, Wild Side of Yosemite

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A lone coyote darts through a snowy meadow, disappearing into the mist enshrouding a grove of cedars. Icicles sparkle from the mossy trunks of massive pine trees. Snow drifts and waterfalls tumble down the faces of majestic granite …

‘Love Story’ Stars Return to Harvard

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cambridge, Mass. — Actors Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal rolled onto the Harvard campus last Monday in an antique convertible similar to the one used in Love Story and reminisced about the film that made them household names …

Cassettes Are Cool Again

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Steve Stepp likes to tell people his company is still around after 45 years thanks to his stupidity and stubbornness. As the owner of family-run National Audio Co., the last business to manufacture audio cassette tapes on a …

Reporter’s Book Details Seattle Murder Case

Sunday, February 7, 2016

We sat in the sun to talk, which made us both happy, since so much of what brought Eli Sanders and me to this meeting was steeped in darkness: The sweltering July night in 2009 when Jennifer Hopper …