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Appalachian Trail thru-hikers Kevin "Biscuit" Henschel and James "Mechanic" Bush read the sign at the beginning of the Webster Cliff Trail on their way to the summit of Mount Washington. (NICK REID / Monitor staff)

4 hikes to get epic adventurers and families alike into the mountains

Thursday, April 30, 2015

If you’re not out hiking in the nearby mountains, you’re missing out on one of New Hampshire’s great advantages. Maybe you don’t know where to go? Try these. I’ll offer two easy trails with other attractions nearby for families, one semi-difficult loop with spectacular views less than an hour away, and a strenuous weekend section that I find to be …

Make your own ricotta

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Making your own ricotta is easy and the results are far more delicious than what comes from the grocery store. Better yet, the recipe can be tinkered with to suit your needs. Like your ricotta creamy? Swap in some half and half for some of the whole milk. Using it for lasagna? You …

Families make videos to reassure patients with dementia

Thursday, April 30, 2015

For 94-year-old Louise Irving, who suffers from dementia, waking up every day to a video with a familiar face and a familiar voice seems to spark a flicker of recognition. “Good morning, merry sunshine, how did you wake so soon?” Irving’s daughter, Tamara Rusoff-Hoen, sings in a video playing from a laptop wheeled …

Spring clean your flower beds: Tips and tricks for your May garden

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It is time to find your gardening gloves, dust off your garden shoes and sharpen and oil your pruning tools, hoes and shovels if you did not already do so last fall. ∎ By now you should have had …

Your growing family: Children and gardening go well together

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Claude Monet knew it. Frances Hodgson Burnett knew it. And the early Americans sure as heck knew it. Children and gardens just naturally go together. If you’ve got little people, a little patience and even a smidge of …

Keeping more people alive by making CPR simpler

Thursday, April 30, 2015

You need only two things to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation and possibly save a life: a willingness to press hard on someone’s chest and familiarity with the Bee Gees’ disco hit “Stayin’ Alive.” Yes, CPR has changed. The American Heart Association and other organizations, including the American Red Cross, …

Take two doses of nature and call in the morning

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Stop and smell the roses along the way, American singer-songwriter Mac Davis advised in a top 10 hit in the 1970s. In the more than three decades Davis imparted that wisdom, numerous studies have confirmed the link between exposure to nature and improved physical, psychological and social well-being. …

Make it healthy, make it tempting

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In schools where trained chefs jazzed up fare, children ate more fruits and vegetables – and the schools themselves saved money, according to a study released in JAMA Pediatrics. Getting them to drink plain milk instead of chocolate …

The newest fitness trend: Mixing it up

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The latest workout crazes promise to stimulate your brain and your muscles in new ways with barre plies in the air (think aerial ballet), dance cardio (think a night out) or a killer routine modeled after a popular …

How many carbs is in that vodka-martini?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Want to know how many calories are in your shot of Johnnie Walker or your pint of Guinness? You’re about to find out. Diageo, the global alcohol giant behind those brands, along with Smirnoff, Bailey’s, Bushmills and others, …

Hillary Nelson: With help of foil, flavors pick up steam

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cooking inside tightly sealed aluminum foil packets infuses the flavor of herbs and spices deep into vegetables, meats and fish in a way that almost no other method of cooking can achieve. Why? When an aluminum packet is …

The Conversation: What happens to your brain when you give up sugar

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have. My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and living in Hershey, Pa., – the “Chocolate Capital of the World” …

Mud season: The rules of the road

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In New England, spring rains and melting snow means mud season for trails and dirt roads. And while this might seem like a good time to take your dirtbike, ATV or rockcrawler out of winter storage, you won’t …