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Do, See, Taste

For Scotty, a home of his own

Thursday, November 27, 2014

She’d warned Scotty Reynolds to stay away from people like this, but “Mr. I Don’t Listen” ignored her, as usual. Now, here he sat, moaning about how someone he’d taken in had trashed his apartment and stolen his computer. Gayle Whitehead had been watching out for the mentally disabled man for 30 years – getting him out of scrapes, picking …

Queen of crime writing P.D. James dies at 94

Thursday, November 27, 2014

P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing …

The Insiders: Let’s light the old Christmas tree – the city tree that is.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Now if you’re reading this, we’d like to first thank you for tuning into our first post-Thanksgiving column of 2014 and in turn, it’s safe …

Three treasure-houses for young readers

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Here are three books young readers – from wannabe explorers to budding logophiles – will enjoy: Keep digging Is any childhood truly complete without at least one shovel-wielding foray into shoulder-deep dirt? Typically, the preferred destination is the …

‘Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered’ reveals the woman behind the smile

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile has captivated audiences for centuries, inspiring songs, poetry and film. But little is known about the woman behind what may be the world’s most famous painting. The consensus among art researchers and historians …

‘Falling From Horses’ lacks tension

Sunday, November 23, 2014

“No animals were harmed in the making of this film.” If you see that disclaimer at the end of a movie, you know it was made after 1980. That’s when the Screen Actors Guild finally negotiated a contract …

Calling all N.H. children: Time to vote for your favorite picture book

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The elections aren’t over yet. Now it’s time for New Hampshire’s youngest residents to weigh in – on their favorite picture books. A committee of children’s librarians from across the state have narrowed the choices for the 2014 Ladybug Picture Book Award to 10 titles. The award aims …

Experts: Home, baby cameras not secure worldwide

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A child playing in Bucheon, South Korea. An empty crib in Absecon, N.J. Cattle feeding in Behamberg, Austria. Footage from more than 100 countries is being streamed from bedrooms, office buildings, shops, laundromats, stables and barns. Experts have a message for anyone with a webcam, baby monitor or …

Cost of Thanksgiving is going up, but not by much

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Giving thanks will be a little costlier this year, but – and here’s something you can be truly thankful for – it probably won’t empty your wallet. The price for putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 10 …

BAGGAGE CHECK: A stressed-out student and a hurt BFF

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Q: My daughter is a college sophomore who is making herself sick with stress. College is a time to experiment and enjoy freedom. She’s so focused on getting into medical school that she barely spends time with friends and has never had a romantic relationship. My friends say …

Project to highlight Native connection to Route 66

Sunday, November 23, 2014

More than two dozen American Indian tribes are teaming up with a tourism group and the National Park Service to tell a new story for travelers along historic Route 66, the famous byway that stretches from Chicago to …

Brooke Shields writes of life with her mother

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Brooke Shields, the iconic model-actress-Princeton grad, entered the literary scene in 2005 with her memoir about postpartum depression. This time, she sheds light on the relationship she shared with her mother, and it’s a well-crafted and insightful read …

City’s ‘ugly’ Christmas tree prompts public outcry

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Christmas tree that might make Charlie Brown think twice is getting kicked to the curb a little early after residents of a Pennsylvania town complained it was too ugly. Reading’s spindly 50-foot spruce drew the ire of …