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Samples of Cohiba cigars sit on display at a cigar club shop in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the United States in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Cuban cigars aren’t actually all that special

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

It may be the best-kept-secret about the vaunted Cuban cigar: It’s often not that good. Yes, Cuba produces some of the best cigars in the world. And for the first time in more than 60 years, there’s legitimate hope that they will once again be sold – legally – in the United States. On the heels of the announcement that …

Even brief exposure to animals may be good for you

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

With final exams bearing down on them at the end of last semester, nearly 1,000 students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond turned out for “Paws for Stress” – a chance to pet and play with therapy dogs. Pets were once considered a leisure interest, one best kept at home. But there’s a …

Kitchens go outdoors with fire pits, rings, tables

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Gas-operated fire pits, fire rings and fire-pit tables are emerging as modern-day substitutes for campfires. Flipping a switch to ignite the flames is a whole lot easier than kindling a stack of firewood. Safer, too. “The outdoor living trend is continuing to gain momentum,” said Ross Johnson, sales and marketing manager for The …

Great grilling

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In summer we need recipes to suit the season – made for the outdoors, unfussy and flexible. Grilling is a great excuse to get into the fresh air, but too often barbecue recipes fail when it comes to …

Where to take the kids

Thursday, July 10, 2014

They’re specifically designed to entertain and enlighten your little ones, and they’re the perfect excuse to explore a new town: Here are six children’s museums and discovery centers across New Hampshire (and one just over the border in …

Keeping tabs on your money

Thursday, June 13, 2013

There are several apps available to those in need of a little help with personal finance. Here’s a look at two of them: A hands-on approach   to saving, spending If you need a hands-on way to look at where your money’s going each month, consider CoinKeeper. Starting …

You can have fabulous floors

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Several months ago I made the unfortunate mistake of coating my well-past-their-prime kitchen and bathroom floors with floor shine product. Oh, what a mistake! They looked great, for maybe two days, and then all the dirt and grime …

On the lookout

Thursday, June 13, 2013

They’re the squiggles in the corners of our children’s earliest paintings, the harbingers of spring in New England, the thieves of our sandwiches at the ocean. They’re the stuff of proverbs, horror movies and family feasts. They wake …

Brighten up

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The neon brights that peppered the 1980s are back, in fashion and décor. Highlighter hues and glow-in-the-dark tints provide a shot of adrenaline after a few seasons of mellow, mushroom-y color palettes. Of course, these colors aren’t for …

Health insurance’s vanishing deductibles may be . . . vanishing

Thursday, June 13, 2013

There is no free lunch. As more people buy high-deductible health plans, they’re discovering that while premiums for such plans are more affordable, the trade-off can be high out-of-pocket costs before coverage kicks in. However, some plans sold on the individual market offer a way for healthy people …

Fairweather sweets

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The weather in early June is fickle. One moment it’s an oppressive 90 degrees, the next cloudy, drizzling and 50. Which makes planning a dinner party tricky: Opt for a barbecue and it’s bound to rain; set the …

Day Trip: New London

Monday, May 6, 2013

May is one of my favorite months. The sun comes out. Flowers bloom. People smile. It happens all over New Hampshire, but I dare you to find a more lovely setting for the promise of spring than New …

Hillary Nelson: Get grilling with heart-healthy Mediterranean foods

Monday, May 6, 2013

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine proved pretty decisively that a “Mediterranean” diet, rich in olive oil, fruit, vegetables and fish, can lower the risk of heart attack and stroke by about 30 …