Life & Times

Vintage postcards show the Madison Boulder in Madison, N.H. (Courtesy photograph)

Summer Journal: If a Giant Boulder Sits in the Woods, People Will Go to See It

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

S ometimes you just want to look at a really big rock. In pursuit of which I traveled recently to Madison, N.H. , in the …

Possible Red Flag

Monday, June 29, 2015

Baltimore — Simple tests used regularly to assess kidney function and damage also could help doctors predict who will suffer heart disease, the nation’s leading …

Advances Save Child Cancer Patients

Monday, June 29, 2015

Orlando — When Ben Watson, 14, had trouble breathing, his doctors suspected he had pneumonia and put him on a couple of rounds of antibiotics. …

Entertainment Highlights: Saint-Gaudens Concert Series Starts Sunday

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The summer concert series at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish opens on Sunday afternoon with chamber music on the theme of “On the River: Music of Love and Longing.” The music starts at 2 p.m. in the …

Is Taylor Swift a Hero or a Hypocrite?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Taylor Swift may currently be basking in the glory of being the artist who took on Apple and won, but to a group of photographers, she’s nothing but a hypocrite. Less than 24 hours after Swift slammed Apple …

Hulu Recreates Seinfeld Apartment as It Releases Episodes

Thursday, June 25, 2015

New York — Seinfeld fans are getting an open invitation into Jerry’s apartment. Hulu has teamed up with production shop Magnetic Collaborative to remake Jerry Seinfeld’s TV apartment for the iconic show’s Wednesday release of all nine seasons on the streaming video service. Hulu created a free memorabilia …

Ready the Wheel

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bill Ladd paints the wheel of a hay wagon that sat unused on his Cornish property for about 30 years on Tuesday. “In about a month or so you’ll see it in use,” he said of the International …

Indie Labels Join Apple

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Shortly after Taylor Swift got Apple Inc., to change its mind on royalty payments, thousands of independent record labels have now voiced their support for Apple Music. Beggars Group, a consortium of labels, said Wednesday it endorses the new Apple Music deal. Merlin Network, which collects digital royalties …

‘Titanic’ Composer Horner Dead at 61

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Los Angeles — From the swelling-sea songs of Titanic to the space symphonies of Apollo 13 to the bagpipes of Braveheart, James Horner’s singular sound graced some of the biggest moments in the history of movies. It showed in the two Oscars he won and the 10 he …

Southern Lights: Dishes That Won’t Stop Your Heart

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

When I was in high school, I used to tag along with one of my older brothers who was annually invited by a college classmate for a weekend of quail hunting in no rth Georgia. I had pretty …

Raise Your Glass: A Rose Without An Accent Tastes Fine

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cote Mas Sud de France Rose Aurore Languedoc, France, $8.99 One of my favorite wines for a warm summer evening is a crisp, dry rose, and yes, I know that it should have an accent aigu over the …

Some Plants Need a Pinch to Grow On Each Year

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I was presenting at an outdoor gardening event recently when a woman walked by wearing a T-shirt that said, “No Pinching!” Maybe she had young kids, or was a kindergarten teacher. Clearly she was not an experienced gardener. Pinching plants is good, and now is the time to …

Audrey Hepburn Kept a Humble Table

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New York — Think of Audrey Hepburn, and your mind will likely conjure up an extraordinarily elegant woman in a boat-necked black dress, huge sunglasses, gloves to the elbow and a chic updo. It’s doubtful you’ll picture a …