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Do, See, Taste

Author’s ode to crosswords is right on the mark with ‘Crossword Century’

Sunday, August 31, 2014

If you love solving crosswords, you know how it feels to be in the fraternity. There’s the rush of matching wits with a mysterious puzzle-maker, the thrill of nailing an elusive answer and the satisfaction of filling in the final square. There’s a charm in playing the game, a charm that can be hard to describe. But Alan Connor, a … 0

Study: House calls for frail elders bring savings

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ten or 12 times a year, Beatrice Adams’s daughter would race her frail mother to the emergency room for high blood pressure or pain from … 0

‘Harold and Jack’ a persuasive account of world leaders’ accidental friendship

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Christopher Sandford begins this account of the relationship between British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and American President John F. Kennedy with a meeting between the … 0

And the Emmy winners are...? We’re happy to guess!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Truth be told, we’re both perplexed about which Emmy nominees will carry trophies home from today’s ceremony. Allow us to explain. There was so much great TV last season that standout prime-time shows including The Good Wife and … 0

Ice bucket challenge may change nonprofit world

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The ice bucket challenge’s phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors. Since the ALS Association began tracking the campaign’s progress July 29, it has raised more than $53.3 million from 1.1 million new donors in what is … 0

Go For the Food: Yes, you can do brunch in Rome

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Rome is a sightseer’s dream, and for many visitors, indulging in authentic Italian cuisine is one of the biggest draws. But for non-locals, the first meal of the day can be a bit of a letdown. Breakfast in … 0

Deciding to downsize: Some keys to making a decision

Sunday, August 24, 2014

How do you and your spouse make milestone decisions? We’re all different – and very little of it is easy, but these elements can help smooth the way. Talk: Often life gets in the way of meaningful conversations. Take the time to sit down and really talk things … 0

Kids’ brains reorganize when learning math skills

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Kids’ brains reorganize when learning math skills Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain … 0

Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity Polio has been wiped out of many countries thanks to massive use of oral vaccine. But new research suggests trying a one-two punch where the disease is still a threat: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who’ve already gotten the drops boosted … 0

Pet-friendly dating sites match up people

Sunday, August 24, 2014

On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love. Sites like PetsDating.com and YouMustLoveDogsDating.com have found a new niche as singles flock to computers and smart phones to find relationships, … 0

A look at some of the options for downsizing

Sunday, August 24, 2014

We found three basic approaches to downsizing. What’s right for you? Going smaller If you’re fed up with the maintenance and expense of a big house, you can just move to another home with less square footage and … 0

An insightful look at digital-age clutter

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I fall asleep to the glow of Netflix and, when I awake, begin the digital litany of my day: the relentless email and news, the Facebook and Twitter feeds, the blogs and mindless videos, and on and on. … 0

On My Nightstand: Make time for Patterson’s romantic novel ‘Sam’s Letters to Jennifer’

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Patterson’s latest is a three-hanky novel James Patterson is one of the world’s greatest writers of thrillers. But did you know he also writes romantic fiction? Sam’s Letters to Jennifer is one of these novels. The main character, … 0