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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 …

Ask a Designer: Outdoor lighting options abound

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Many Americans have embraced outdoor decorating, filling their yards with fluffy sofas, gleaming end tables and even outdoor rugs. But what happens when the sun goes down? Chris Lambton, landscape designer and host of HGTV’s Going Yard, advises his …

Marching into Spring

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March can be so confusing in New Hampshire – one day you can head out to the grocery in a light wind-breaker and the next you can be shoveling two feet of snow. There’s just no telling what …

Three ways to use up root vegetables

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March is the month when gardeners begin starting seeds inside and eating the last of the vegetables stored in their root cellars. They’re called “root” cellars for a reason, because roots, like carrots, rutabagas, storage radishes (such as …

Day trip: Dover

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sometimes I just luck out. When Dover emerged as this month’s feature, I called on two long-time pals to be my guides. Though Edmund and Pat spent decades abroad in exotic spots like Hong Kong, India and Taiwan, …

Time to detox?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

With the turn of the new year still fresh in your mind, the new you might be looking to de-clutter not just your desk and closet but also your mind and body. If so, you might be a good candidate for a detox – a cleansing of the …

It’s not easy being emerald

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

When Pantone LLC announced that emerald green was its Color of the Year for 2013, reaction among designers and interior consultants was mixed. The company, which creates and matches colors for the home and fashion industries, picks a …

Start now to have your house ready for the spring selling season

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Architect Chris French and his wife, Anya Landau French, turned up the volume on their vacant Washington, D.C., condominium apartment with designer-inspired contemporary furnishings – leather living room furniture, glass and metal side tables, a black dining room …

Symbols aside, only a tiny bit of plastic is recycled

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

From an environmental perspective, the only thing that feels good about plastic is the recycling icon found on so many items. Those three arrows, feeding each other in an endless triangle, assure us that as long as we …

There are plenty of programs designed for active seniors

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Back in the ’80s, a few gray hairs were excuse enough to stay on the sidelines of anything resembling a sport. That’s not to say active seniors didn’t exist; it just wasn’t as common to spot an octogenarian …

Lincoln

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Every third Monday in February, on Presidents Day, Americans honor 44 presidents. Two with February birthdays come to mind: Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Here are some facts and quizzes to test how much you really know about …