Life & Times

Surrounded by the glow of a halo around the sun, Jenny Wright, left, and her daughter Vanessa Keith, right, of Unity, prune apple trees at Riverview Farm in Plainfield, N.H.  Monday, March 16, 2015. Wright and her husband Stan McCumber have been pruning apple trees and picking the fruit around New England for about 45 years. "That's one of the fringe benefits of this job - seeing sky events," said Wright. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Tree’s Company: After Fire, Unity Couple Keep Branching Out

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Unity — Sometimes a bronze glow isn’t what it seems. Stan McCumber and his wife, Jenny Wright, have grown accustomed to the question prompted by …

Revolutionary Cinema

Friday, April 17, 2015

You say you want a revolution in the stories you watch or tell onscreen? Let the White River Indie Festival (WRIF) count the ways on …

For Grass, Writing Became A Moral Duty

Friday, April 17, 2015

How will Gunter Grass be remembered? The German Nobel laureate, who died Monday at age 87, was not just a novelist but also a political …

Rhythm and Dance

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dartmouth junior Cassidy Milo, of Wauseon, Ohio, dances while listening to worship music on the Dartmouth Green in Hanover on Monday. Milo, an engineering major, is a member of For Your Glory, a Christian dance group on campus. …

Homemade Pies: Time to Take Pizza Into Your Own Hands

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Making pizza at home is not that big of a deal. People do it all the time. I have a friend who makes pizza so often that he uses his bread machine exclusively for pizza dough. He makes …

Notes From the Garden: Until the Soil Dries Out, Resist the Urge to Dig, Till and Rake

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring has been slow in showing its colors. Snowdrops, usually up in early March at my house, were a month late. Crocus, the early ones, and winter aconite (a flower that is a nice school-bus-yellow color) are finally blooming. But everything is slow, and the ground is still …

Brown Bread Grows Scarce, Even Here in New England

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

For as long as I can remember, my favorite bread, the bread that I still crave above all breads, has come in a can. It’s called brown bread, or outside of New England, where it is mostly unheard …

Brian Williams’ Future at NBC Could Soon Become Clear

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Andrew Lack, the former and current head of NBC News, started his old job anew last week staring at a monumental dilemma: What to do about Brian Williams? The anchorman who was the face of NBC News and its signature Nightly News was brought low in February by …

Born to Ride

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On the first day with his training wheels off, Thomas Buskey, 5, gets help from his mom, Phoebe, to keep from tipping over while practicing riding his bike in the driveway of their home in White River Junction. …

Spring Chores

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Jesse Pease, of West Fairlee, right, stacks firewood with his father-in-law, Donald Lefebure, of Haverhill, outside a friend’s home in Lyme on Monday. The firewood had spent the winter under several feet of snow and ice. “It’s a …

School Notes: New Teacher Keeps Cornish Elementary Science Fair Going

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Leading up to the science fair for his 49 students in grades 5 to 8 at Cornish Elementary School last Wednesday , first-year teacher Paul Hammond issued a boast to his students: He would outscore everyone who tested …

Can Colleges Maintain the English Major?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

College Park, Md. — Mary Garhart fell in love with reading in middle school, devouring Christopher Paolini’s fantasy novel Eragon and the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Then she moved to classics from Charles Dickens, A Tale …

Naturally Curious: Shapes and Colors of Plants Indicate Their Healing Purposes

Monday, April 13, 2015

Long before modern medicine, finding cures for ailments was done by trial and error. People turned to plants, and if you consumed or inhaled something, you either lived or died. If you lived, and your ailment was cured, …