Life & Times

In this April 14, 2015 photo provided by the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Charles Y. Liu, left, a neurosurgeon at the University of Southern California, laughs with patient Erik Sorto in Pasadena, Calif. Liu led a team of doctors that implanted tiny chips into Sorto's brain in 2013 to allow him to control a robotic arm using his thoughts. It's the latest attempt at creating mind-controlled prosthetics to help disabled people gain more independence. (Lance Hayashida/Caltech via AP)

Paralyzed Man Uses Thoughts to Control Robotic Arm

Monday, May 25, 2015

Los Angeles — A man paralyzed by gunshot more than a decade ago can shake hands, drink beer and play “rock, paper, scissors” by controlling …

Eat Your Weedies: A Yard’s Bounty Can Fill a Salad Bowl

Monday, May 25, 2015

In the early 1960s, Euell Gibbons wrote Stalking the Wild Asparagus and introduced millions of North Americans to the virtues of harvesting wild foods. Since …

Dogs Left Wolf Pack Earlier Than Thought

Monday, May 25, 2015

A new analysis of ancient wolf DNA has shed light on the murky early history of man’s best friend, suggesting that dogs split from wolves …

On Poetry: Former Dartmouth Professor Was a Man of Orthodox Faith, but Unorthodox Humility and Insight

Friday, May 22, 2015

This column is distinctly different from any of its predecessors. In it, I will try to sell you on a book called The Grace of Incorruption, written by a great man and a great friend who died in …

Books Outside the Big Box

Friday, May 22, 2015

Pittsburgh — At the time Dan Iddings opened the doors of Classic Lines Bookstore in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood last year, his greatest fear was that the technologies that ate up some of his largest competitors would swallow …

Entertainment Highlights: Musician Brings Film Back to Plainfield

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Even while answering the siren call of music over the last quarter-century, Meriden native Will Sheff occasionally considered following his parents into the classroom for his life’s work. Then two summers ago, this son and grandson and great-grandson …

Stephanie Birkitt Has Been Written Out of ‘Late Show’ History

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The David Letterman tributes of the last few weeks have felt like the first big family reunion after your brother’s divorce. You’re so happy to see so many beloved old faces back together again, and yet ... you know there’s a good reason for it, and God knows …

Vermont Artisans Open Doors For Holiday Weekend

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, but it also hosts the annual spring Open Studio Weekend in Vermont, on Saturday and Sunday. This year’s event will feature artwork at scores of sites across the state, including more than a dozen in the Upper Valley. Most …

Lunchtime

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Maxine and Harold Wright sit down to a bowl of vegetable soup for lunch at their home in Hartford on Wednesday. Next month, the couple will have been married for 65 years. Their house was moved to the …

Food Notes: Billings Farm Gets Back Into the Cheese Business

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

B efore World War II, Billings Farm in Woodstock made ice cream, cheese and butter so rich that it gained a national reputation. On Saturday and Sunday, the farm will celebrate for the first time in 70 years …

Notes From the Garden: Don’t Neglect Shade-Favoring Flowers

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I aspire to be the Goatsbeard King of Cornish Flat. Maybe I already am. I have several, and no one else I know here grows goatsbeard (Aruncus dioecious). It is one of many flowers I grow that do well in light shade, getting bigger and better every year, …

Hartland Elementary School Reconsiders Nightly Homework

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

In the homestretch to graduation from Hartland Elementary School, eighth-grader Anna Morse still shivers at the memory of hitting the after-school wall. “In fifth and sixth grade is when homework cut into my personal life the most,” the …

Column: Faith Declines; What About Political Influence?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Don’t expect any official “Atheists for Hillary” outreach, but political progressives are cheered by a study showing a rise in the number of nonreligious Americans. It’s not because top Democrats are irreligious; both President Obama and Hillary Clinton are persons of faith. But liberals welcomed the findings of …