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Do, See, Taste

Kittery, Maine, is no longer gritty, but a happening place these days

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The crowd waiting for a table at Black Birch restaurant in Kittery, Maine, spills out onto the street on a warm summer evening. Men in plaid shirts – the kind worn by hipsters, not lumberjacks – and artfully tattooed women mix with folks in more conventional garb, including khakis, polo shirts and pastel skirts. Inside, those lucky enough to snag … 0

For the home: By-and-by, you’ll regret buy-and-buy

Sunday, July 13, 2014

As a professional organizer, I am constantly reminded of what happens when people buy too much stuff without first thinking through what they’re buying. Initially, … 0

Bhutanese refugee connects with Nepali speakers worldwide through ConcordTV program

Sunday, July 13, 2014

When ConcordTV producer Josh Hardy asked for a sound check Thursday morning, Tilak Niroula’s response was mumbled and shy. “Everything is fine,” he said, speaking … 0

Take Me Outside: New Hampshire’s bats could use a hand

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer evenings provide opportunities for a lot of outdoor enjoyment. One free and natural treat of the twilight hours is observing the world’s only flying mammals, the bats. Don’t worry about them flying into your hair. Using echolocation, … 0

In ‘The Inevitable City’, Tulane president offers account of rebuilding New Orleans

Sunday, July 6, 2014

There’s a lot of sensible stuff in this account of post-Katrina New Orleans by the outgoing president of its most prominent educational institution, Tulane University, but there’s a lot of soapy stuff, too. In The Inevitable City, Scott … 0

Meg Gardiner’s latest thriller, ‘Phantom Instinct,’ is her best yet

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Meg Gardiner’s latest thriller, Phantom Instinct, begins with a shootout at the club where Harper Flynn works. Harper’s boyfriend is killed, a police officer is severely wounded, the bar burns to the ground and leaves no evidence of … 0

OFF MAIN: At Blossom Hill Cemetery, new program commemorates those buried without markers

Sunday, July 6, 2014

“Bones from pipe ditch.” “Found in a box in the Merrimack River.” “Killed on the railroad.” The descriptions stare out at me from the list, spare and suggestive. They’re all we know about three people buried in the … 0

‘Supreme City’: How New York rose to the top

Sunday, July 6, 2014

E.B. White, the affectionate chronicler of Manhattan life, believed that New York comprised three cities: one of people born there and a second of the commuter. “Third,” he added, “there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in … 0

‘Flying Shoes’ based on unsolved killing of author’s brother

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Lisa Howorth has taken the adage “write what you know” and turned it on its head. In this case, she’s written what she may never know for sure: the solution to her brother’s slaying. When Howorth was a teenager in 1966, her 9-year-old stepbrother was molested and killed … 0

‘Good Hunting’ gives peek inside CIA

Sunday, July 6, 2014

There is an art to writing a CIA memoir. You must divulge enough insider tradecraft and gossip that readers feel they’re getting a glimpse behind the curtain, but not so much that the censors swoop down. You have to describe covert operations in colorful detail, without revealing still-classified … 0

Verdon’s cleverness shines in new thriller

Sunday, July 6, 2014

John Verdon’s skillful melding of the puzzle mystery with the police procedural and the psychological thriller brings a unique spin to his series about retired NYPD homicide Detective Dave Gurney. Peter Pan Must Die again presents Dave with … 0

Travel Talk: How to travel on a budget

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Let me take a wild guess and say that lots of you readers out there have shrinking travel budgets. Gas prices are going up. Airfares were supposed to be easing a bit, but I sure as heck don’t … 0

Garden Journal: The battle against powdery mildew

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Zweep? That’s the happy song of sweet yellow birds as they dive and swoop about the yard. Twin tall branches are set in a dense garden area, effectively hiding messy spillage. Sunshine is here for sure, and the garden area I just mentioned is brimming with early roses, … 0