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How do you joke about the Sony hacking? A little carefully

Sunday, December 21, 2014

How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess. If you’re Chris Rock, you joke about it cleverly but carefully. Promoting his new movie Top Five this week, he noted an added bonus: “My movie’s very Korean-friendly. There are no jokes about North Korea in Top …

The men who ‘may be everything’

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thomas Jefferson’s description of the presidency as a “splendid misery” is often quoted. Less remembered is his comment on the vice presidency, an office he …

‘World of PostSecret’ a vivid mosaic of life

Sunday, December 21, 2014

People literally have shared a ton of secrets with Frank Warren. Ten years ago, the Germantown, Md., resident launched a “community art project” with the …

Kitchen gifts that range from good to grate

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In order to get people into the garden, we need to get them into the kitchen, too. Otherwise, what are they going to do with all that great fresh food? So this year I’m on the lookout for …

One Man’s Plan: A day at the New Hampshire Food Bank

Sunday, December 14, 2014

When was the last time you were hungry? I don’t mean standing in line for Sunday Brunch at the local diner and wow doesn’t that short stack of pancakes look amazing kind of hungry. I’m talking about a …

The Mindful Reader: A sensible approach to mental strength

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My son saw my review copy of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin and said it’s all over social media, even though it’s not officially out until Jan. 1. Which is fitting, because the …

‘First Impressions’ wooden yet the author’s passion is hard to resist

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Charlie Lovett’s best-selling debut, The Bookman’s Tale, was an ­ old-fashioned suspenseful romp spanning centuries and continents and peppered with romance, skulduggery, forgery and murder, all driven by one of the enduring questions of literary scholarship: Was Shakespeare …

‘My True Love Gave to Me’ a plummy treat

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Love is in the peppermint-scented air in these 12 playful, often touching holiday tales, each by a popular young-adult author. There’s flirting and yearning – even an elf prom – amid the fir trees in a collection that …

11 Children’s books to add to your gift-giving list

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My kids loved Holly Hobbie’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas because it was full of holiday excitement and hushed wonder and plucky pink pigs. I loved it because it was a surprisingly soulful meditation on the push and …

Gardening tips: Water your evergreens; running out of time for bulbs

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Water your evergreens Valued evergreens such as camellias, hollies, southern magnolias and rhododendrons should be fully hydrated before the ground freezes to minimize winter kill related to desiccation. On a mild day, use a large watering can or five-gallon bucket to soak the root zone, but hold the …

First Alice Munro collection since Nobel Prize

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A year after Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for literature and was cited for her mastery of the modern short story, her publisher has collected 24 of her stories published over the past two decades. Family Furnishings …

App reviews: Red Stamp Cards for spreading holiday cheer; GateGuru for air travel

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Spreading holiday cheer by smartphone Holiday cards can be a not-so-jolly task. (It takes real work to look that festive!) With Red Stamp Cards, you can do it all from your smartphone – even pull together your recipient list straight from your contacts. The app offers a range …

On our minds: Top 10 topics on Facebook in 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

What’s popular? Facebook has a good gauge based on what people type into the box that says, “What’s on your mind?” On Tuesday, the company released top 10 lists for 2014, based on the number of posts, comments, likes, photos and videos shared. Around the world: 1. World …