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Getting retribution over childhood bullies

Sunday, March 29, 2015

What becomes of bullies when they grow up? Do they evolve into decent, kind human beings, or does their capacity for malice grow along with their bodies? Allen Kurzweil explores this issue – and much more – in Whipping Boy, a compulsive account of his search for the childhood tormentor who made his life miserable during the year he spent …

Running group has built camaraderie, pressed through the brutal winter months

Sunday, March 29, 2015

There are runners who log hundreds of road miles from April through November and then move indoors, to sweat out the cold remaining months on …

Big data

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Even if we aren’t certain what to make of big data, we all know that it’s, well, big. The phrase is suddenly everywhere, tripping off …

Literary Hub wants to save literary culture

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Listening to Morgan Entrekin is a shot of adrenaline for anybody concerned about literary culture. “Independent publishing is the healthiest I’ve ever seen it,” said the president and publisher of Grove Atlantic, who recently passed 60 like a marathoner in the third mile. Far from planning his retirement, …

For our family, American Girl dolls are money well spent

Sunday, March 22, 2015

My daughter just got her fifth American Girl doll. She bought the latest doll, 2015 Girl of the Year Grace Thomas, using her own money; $120 plus tax, since we went to the American Girl Doll store in …

If a senior you know is taking ‘retirement’ literally . . .

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Miriam Schottland, 79, can bench press 90 pounds, putting women half her age, including the one writing this story, to shame. It wasn’t always this way. Although Schottland, an auto racing instructor, has been hitting the gym for …

Diet soda may lead to more belly fat as you age

Sunday, March 22, 2015

I admit it: I drink a Diet Pepsi just about every day. I love the stuff – with a meal, after a long run or when I’m just really thirsty. I’ve always justified the habit with the idea that at least I’m not consuming the huge amounts of …

Is there any recourse for victims of online photo memes?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Those pilfered, captioned and shared photos that make us either cringe, rage or laugh out loud are as old as the internet itself, but in these wild online times, is there any recourse for their victims? Memes, by …

Airline world’s tiny secret: love of model planes

Sunday, March 22, 2015

In America, businessmen shake hands. In Japan, they bow. But all over the world airline executives engage in a greeting that is all their own: the exchange of model airplanes. When airlines start flying to new cities, make …

Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They’re likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but …

The Insiders: It’s Sunday and that means Merrimack Music at the Audi

Sunday, March 22, 2015

So what do Dusty Gray, Ben Knight and Pat & The Hats all have in common? Yes, they’re all bands. Yes, they all frequently play gigs in and around Concord. And yes, from all we’ve heard, they’re pretty good at what they do. Kind of like us. But …

Concord 250 Watch: Concord Rambles

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Concord 250 is excited to share the latest Concord Rambles with the community – these digital audio recordings are available for free listening at Concord250.org. Following a 2014 community forum, a local resident suggested Concord 250 create a digital recording of Howard M. Cook’s 1910 publication Wayside Jottings: …

Nenets celebrate Reindeer Herders’ Day

Saturday, March 21, 2015

It’s a holiday celebrated annually in Russia’s Yamal-Nenets region in the Arctic. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders’ Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, …