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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 …

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 …

A quiet start to syrup season

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Things were quiet at Sunnyside Maples in Loudon on Feb. 17. Temperatures hadn’t been above freezing in days, so sap was not running yet. Owner Mike Moore had the finishing pan of his evaporator disassembled for repairs and …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Rat rods: Vintage vehicles made into rusty rides

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Peter Duvaloois’s rat rods are way cooler than your car. The fast machines, pieced together from vintage parts and scrapyard finds, also are rumblier, rustier and turn more heads on the highway. That’s pretty much the point of …

Your info has been hacked. Now what do you do?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Although banks often absorb bogus charges, it’s up to victims to clean up their credit histories and recover stolen funds. …

Identity theft victims face months of hassle

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target in 2013, the 36-year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer’s free credit monitoring offer so he would be notified …

Taking stock: Making your own broth is a labor of love

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I was raised in a household where broth was either chicken or beef and came out of a can. So 30 years ago, when I began my training at the French Culinary Institute, I was surprised to learn …