Weekend Magazine

Brody: How to avoid burnout in youth sports

Few would dispute the value to children of participating in sports, organized or otherwise. Being physically active and engaged in friendly competition is widely acknowledged to be good for children’s physical, mental and social well-being. It can foster discipline, cooperation and camaraderie as well as a good time. When I was growing up in Brooklyn in the 1940s and ’50s, […]

First With Kids: Sports injuries and overuse

With spring sports season upon us, parents have stepped up to the plate and pitched lots of questions in my direction. They want to know whether their young athletes can injure themselves from too much practicing, resulting in an overuse injury. An overuse injury is an injury that causes damage to a bone, muscle, ligament or tendon. This happens due […]

Our new threat: Emerald ash borer

  Jim Fuller, a former park ranger at Vermont’s Grand Isle State Park, described this interaction with a tourist from New Jersey, when he confiscated their out-of-state firewood. Ranger Jim: “We are trying to keep the forests clear of invasive insects.” Tourist, as beetle fell from firewood: “you mean like that one there?” In this instance, the hitchhiking insect proved […]


In The Garden

Every spring Mother Nature gives me gifts. Or that is how it seems when she sends the blossoms of trillium, hepatica, jack-in-the-pulpit, bloodroot, trout lily, blue cohosh, Dutchman’s breeches, squirrel corn and more to my woods and shade gardens. Of course, I have helped nature by planting wildflowers in places where I know they will be happy. Some wildflowers I […]

Climbing out of darkness: Shining the light on perinatal mental health

Bringing a new baby home can be an exciting time for a new family, but also a challenging one. From a loss of sleep and demanding new schedule to hormonal changes and mental health issues for new mothers, it’s a time when families need a lot of support. For first-time parents, there is also the question, “Am I doing this […]


Mustard, soy sauce and honey

A sparagus is by far the favorite vegetable of the d’Arabian family. All four of my school-aged daughters truly love it. I can serve nearly three pounds of asparagus at the table a couple of times of week to my family of six, and the girls will still argue over who gets the last stalk. I say this not to […]

The roaring 90s+ are where it’s at


The light and refreshing Lot 33 Rosé from 90+Cellars is so good that it should be selling for at least twice its price. In fact, this wine, which is great to drink during the warmer months, is sold for a lot more, but under another name. Six or so years ago, I attended a tasting hosted by Latitude Beverage to […]

New book offers hilarious and poignant take on motherhood


Motherhood is nothing if not a roller coaster of emotions, and a new book on the topic captures the wild ride perfectly. “Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words” by Kimberly Harrington careens from the hilarious to the poignant, eliciting nods of recognition, fists of outrage and many moments of bemusement and reflection. Harrington, a regular contributor to the […]

Author reimagines comedian Stan Laurel in ‘He’


Although never referred to by name, the he of the eponymous “he” is comedian Stan Laurel, who with Oliver Hardy, was half of Laurel and Hardy, one of the most successful and beloved comic teams in the early 20th century. With only the pronouns of he or him, author John Connolly reimagines Laurel in both abstract and three-dimensional ways, getting […]

‘Hush of the Night’ is compelling, with realistic characters


A special agent for the FBI works to bring down a sex trafficking ring with origins in Russia in Raymond Benson’s latest crime novel, “In the Hush of the Night.” Annie Marino works for the FBI out of Chicago. When a car crash produces more than a dead driver, she learns the woman stashed in the trunk has a tattoo […]

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