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Appalachian Trail thru-hikers Kevin "Biscuit" Henschel and James "Mechanic" Bush read the sign at the beginning of the Webster Cliff Trail on their way to the summit of Mount Washington. (NICK REID / Monitor staff)

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 families, one semi-difficult loop with spectacular views less than an hour away, and a strenuous weekend section that I find to be …

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 some half and half for some of the whole milk. Using it for lasagna? You …

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 so soon?” Irving’s daughter, Tamara Rusoff-Hoen, sings in a video playing from a laptop wheeled …

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 …

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 Freecycle.org. 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 …