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Yankee Notebook: Best of company

It’s late afternoon, and hot and humid for northern New Hampshire. I’m sitting in a rustic wooden armchair that I’ve padded with an old pillow, and working on a crossword puzzle. I’ve neglected to tuck my trouser cuffs into my socks, and the no-see-ums have begun to set my shins on fire. Higher up, mosquitoes hover around my hands, with […]

Jensen Afield: Wardens break case of serial offender

Seated behind the wheel, alone in the truck in the darkness, I was scared beyond words. If the cops came along, there would be big trouble. If I didn’t do my job right, there would be trouble from my father. With a great affection for antiques back in the 1960s, dear old dad probably purchased half of the vast array […]

Health Talk: Focus on Rx drug abuse

Have you ever misused a prescription? Maybe your back hurts and you took a friend’s painkiller. Or you used someone else’s Ritalin to help you study. Using a prescription medication in a way not intended by the prescribing doctor is prescription drug abuse. This applies to using your own prescription without following the directions, or using someone else’s prescription. Commonly […]

First with Kids: Swell facts about hernias

Parents have been bulging into my office with questions as to whether or not their child has a hernia. Let me help you and your child “groin and bear it,” so to speak. Keep in mind that hernias in boys are called the same thing, even though you’d think they’d be called “him-nias.” A hernia happens when intestines push through […]

The Outside Story: Slow start for snappers

By Brett Amy Thelen One moonless May evening, my husband and I walked down to our local pond, flashlights in hand, to look for toads. We were delighted to discover hundreds of them, floating, darting, and jockeying for position in an explosion of courtship. Their surround-sound trills left our ears ringing. The toads were frenzied, focused only on each other, […]

Homeyer: Building a stone retaining wall

Many years ago, when I was young and foolish, I decided to build an 80-foot long terrace for fruit trees, and to edge it with a nice fieldstone retaining wall using stones I could find on my property or on the nearby property of a friend. It was a lot of work, a lot of fun, and I made a […]

TRAVELAB Adults take over science museums when night falls



BOSTON — Sometimes, in the middle of the night, nocturnal creatures are allowed to roam the halls of New York’s American Museum of Natural History, free from shouting and swarming children. They are adult humans, known to sometimes quietly contemplate science with a cocktail. “If you go to a natural history museum during the day, it’s definitely a space for […]

Building a STONE retaining wall

In The Garden

Many years ago, when I was young and foolish, I decided to build an 80-foot long terrace for fruit trees, and to edge it with a nice fieldstone retaining wall, using stones I could find on my property or on the nearby property of a friend. It was a lot of work, a lot of fun, and I made a […]

Best of company

Yankee Notebook

It’s late afternoon, and hot and humid for northern New Hampshire. I’m sitting in a rustic wooden armchair that I’ve padded with an old pillow, and working on a crossword puzzle. I’ve neglected to tuck my trouser cuffs into my socks, and the no-see-ums have begun to set my shins on fire. Higher up, mosquitoes hover around my hands, with […]

Trimming and tidying: Perennials need care too



The great attraction in growing perennial flowers is that you never have to replant them, at least in theory. This doesn’t make all perennials care-free, though. Few of them let you just sit back to enjoy them year after year once they’re planted. Take coreopsis, for example, a wonderful perennial that ends its first flush of bright yellow blossoms around […]


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