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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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

A special LiveWell note

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Avid readers will notice that this is the second issue of LiveWell New Hampshire to come out in as many weeks. That's because we've changed our publication date. You'll now see LiveWell in the paper on the first Friday of each month rather than the third Friday. Why …

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 …

Day trip: Exeter

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Cuban take on a Julia Child classic

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

One of the most popular recipes from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking is Poulet en Cocotte Bonne Femme, chicken slow-roasted in a covered pot with bacon, potatoes and onions. Unlike chicken cooked on an open …

For a dramatic design statement, paint interior doors

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

If you’ve got your decor looking just about right but want that extra “wow” factor, consider painting interior doors. “Address other main features in the room first, and then if something is still missing, painting the door provides …

Career Coach: tips for baby boomers who want a change

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Baby boomers who have been laid off or are thinking about changing careers or doing something different with their work lives, may have no idea where to begin. Some feel, given their age, there may not be hope for them in today’s marketplace. That would be a grim …

Gender-neutral toys are rare

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A 13-year-old girl’s campaign to get Hasbro to make an Easy-Bake Oven that isn’t purple or pink so it would appeal to her little brother is a fresh sign of movement in an old debate. Parents who hope …

Many smokers don’t know help is available

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Most people who smoke want to quit, and the 2010 health-care law is supposed to make it easier for them by requiring many insurance plans to cover smoking-cessation treatments with no out-of-pocket cost to members. But a recent study found that details about what’s covered and who pays …