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Shirley Rebello (center) joins the Silver Sneakers meet at the Concord YMCA on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.  The class meets every Monday and Wedesday.

(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor Staff)

Don’t take a vacation from exercise

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Summer poses many challenges to those of us trying to maintain our fitness routine during the hot and sticky dog days: barbecues, vacations, parties, weddings, sweltering heat and humidity and those pesky buckets of beer just to name a few. What can you do to ensure that you stay on the right track and don’t let summer get the best …

Gardening as your grow older

Thursday, August 6, 2015

As gardeners age, the work to keep a flower garden flourishing seems to take more of a toll on knees and backs. There are a few ways to keep your yard looking vibrant while working within your own limitations. 1. Plant hardy, reliable perennials that truly come back year after year. Select black-eyed …

Delightfully sour pickles

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Humans have been scheming about how to put aside the plentiful food of summer for the lean times of winter for millennia. As early as 7000 b.c., the Chinese had figured out how to ferment fruit and honey into an alcoholic beverage. Archeologists are pretty certain fermentation had been going on for thousands …

Chill out: Save energy while keeping cool

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Summer is coming, and so too is the heat. The kind of heat that leaves people sitting around in gym shorts and sticking to leather couches. No one enjoys this, and there are relatively easy and cheap ways to keep cooler at home – while saving a few …

Garden to table: Roses make yummy jams and tarts

Thursday, June 4, 2015

It’s amazing how many good things to eat are already growing in our own yards. All it takes to enjoy them is a new way of looking at things. Got weeds in the lawn? Put away the chemicals …

Camping with kids: You might not be able to get away from it all

Thursday, June 4, 2015

First, let’s get one thing straight: Camping is not, as they say, “getting away from it all.” This is true whether you’re a devotee of old-school, roughing-it style camping, handy with an ax and happy with a can …

June is for roses

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Roses add to enjoyment and well-being, whether you grow them yourself or purchase them. Here are some tips to use roses: Home Decorating ∎ When selecting a container, choose a bud vase or tall stem jar for a single …

Exercise safely and consistently this summer

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Summer is fast approaching and odds are that you are one of the people that is trying to figure out how you can best get ready for the beach. There are an incredible number of ways that you …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …