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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 …

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 …

Avoiding diabetes

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Over the past 30 years the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes has skyrocketed, from about 6 million in 1980 to almost 19 million today. As this problem spirals out of control, researchers are racing to find new treatments for this devastating disease. Recently, scientists at Newcastle University …

Cruise into savings

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Americans love driving - and pay dearly for it. Last year, it cost more than $8,500 to drive a midsize sedan 15,000 miles, according to the American Automobile Association, which factored in gasoline, maintenance, insurance and depreciation. Car expenses run second only to housing costs in the United …

Something for everyone

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

OFFER. WANTED. TAKEN.     With those three words, Deron Beal of Tucson, Ariz., helped move the yard sale online, only with no money changing hands. Beal is the founder of The Freecycle Network, or It's a grassroots gifting network that - thanks to the sour economy and a …

What to do

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The early days of fall, with their colorful palette and exhilarating chill, are like a brightly painted invitation to get outside and play. And winter is a blank white canvas for drawing adventures with blades, boards and sleek plastic sleds. But right now, in these bare-boned weeks bereft …

Check out LiveWell

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

DESPITE THESE unseasonal temps, winter really is on its way, and we need your help with the January issue of LiveWell magazine. Visit our new LiveWell website to tell us how you like to spend chilly days - and to enter our skiing photo contest. While you're there, …

Make your entryway say 'welcome'

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Entryway floors take a beating during the season of snow boots and slush. The spot where we enter our homes - and welcome guests - can be a tricky one to decorate. It's meant to be a showcase, expressing our style and setting the tone for a visitor's …

Day trip: Jackson

Thursday, January 19, 2012

If you could wave a magic wand and create a winter-perfect New Hampshire village, you'd surely end up with Jackson. White church steeples, classic barns and iconic red bridges, colonial inns with fires burning bright, horse-drawn sleighs and cross-country ski trails running through deep forests. Stunning views of …

Hit the trails

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ready to hit the trails? Here are some of the most popular places across the state: • Beaver Meadow Golf Course, 1 Beaver Meadow Road (off of Sewalls Falls Road), Concord, 228-8954. The city maintains the trails when there's adequate snow, and the restaurant is open on weekends so …

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 …