Lifestyles

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As I tootled my way toward Unity to Sullivan County Health Care to visit my mom the other day, a flustered lady was on her phone beside the road. The truck and trailer in front of me slowed down and spoke with her for a minute, and I didn’t think a thing about it until a flock of four guinea…

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Recently the transhumanists of the world met in Spain for the “TransVision Future Summit 2021.” There they discussed such comforting subjects as brain implants, extending the human lifespans to 1,000 years, and golden oldies such as cryogenically storing cadavers for future regeneration.

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When we were children, my mother used to take us to a place that we called simply “the ducks,” as in “Can we go to the ducks, please?” The answer would usually be, “Yes. When we have enough stale bread.” Given this stipulation, it seemed an obvious thing to us that we had to systematically h…

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My German mother was a highly superstitious soul, especially when it came to the natural world. Case in point: One day, a “fairy ring” of mushrooms appeared in our yard. My mother became agitated and told me not to disturb the ring, for it was a “hexenringe” — a place, she believed, where wi…

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Temperatures drop and sunlight wanes. Time to heat things up and throw some light at the scams that are gaining traction. Whether by email, phone, text message, mailing, or even door-to-door, criminals are targeting every age group. Here are some scams currently making the rounds.

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Artist Natasha Mayers has been called “the heart and soul of activist art in Maine.” Widely known for her work with more than 600 school and community murals from Maine to Nicaragua, she’s an award-winning artist who has exhibited work since 1976, often exploring themes of peace and social justice.

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When the temps start to dip, it’s a sure sign that the live music action in nightclubs and concert halls starts to heat up — pandemic be damned — and this fall’s lineup has been delivering a plethora of pop music options.

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Ryan Flaherty wants teens to speak up more about their mental health, and the 17-year-old is staging a play next week for his senior capstone project at John Stark high school that aims to start that conversation.

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On Sept. 29, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed 23 species from the list of endangered wildlife. This wasn’t one of those good days, as when they removed the bald eagle or the timber wolf because they have sufficiently recovered to be merely “threatened.” No, this occasion marked the…

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People growing up nowadays probably don’t realize how much louder the world has become. Radios and televisions blare everywhere, at least in all chain stores. And in many restaurants. It’s even reached the medical profession.

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Those big yellow school buses have been lumbering along for well over a month now, so you know it is time to start getting your gardens ready for winter. This is a good time to work outside: The bugs are fewer and it’s not so cold that you’ll be miserable in an hour.

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In recent news, White Bear Lake’s Sunrise Park Middle School — located in the state of Minnesota — has deemed that failing grades will no longer be issued to students who have failed a test or quiz. Instead, all students will be issued a 10-day grace period to retake or revise assignments, p…

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The farm has been a chaotically busy place. We have been picking raspberries and summer vegetables and mowing lawns and hay fields. The rain and mild weather have given the lawns and hayfields new life with grass up to our knees in places. It is the height of the summer season.

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Perhaps you have had the opportunity to show a friend you have met elsewhere around your hometown. She may notice a lot of things that you’ve always taken for granted: the “noon” whistle” that sounds at four minutes after the hour, the complete absence of sidewalks, or the frequent distant s…

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Until about age 7, I would ask my parents, with concern, if we had enough money to pay for whatever we were taking to the cashier to ring up. Sometimes they told me, “Don’t worry, we’ll charge it.” But they never explained the concept.

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Like any industrious squirrel, I am getting food stored and ready for winter. Even if your vegetable garden is depleted, you can buy things in bulk from your local farm stand now to save for winter.

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One morning in early autumn, I was running errands in downtown Keene, New Hampshire, when I was stopped in my tracks by a flash of yellow. Crouching down, I found a gorgeous, palm-sized bird, olive above, with a belly as gold as sunshine. It was a species I’d never seen before, and it was ly…

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The piercing traumas of school shootings, when they’ve made it into the movies, have seldom carried quite the right tone. Even the best intentions in wading into such tragic horrors can come off as insincere, even exploitive.

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MONTPELIER, Vt. — Hunters embarking on their first deer season are encouraged to take advantage of Vermont’s second annual novice weekend.

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The museum introduces a scientific way of looking at art. Instead of examining aesthetic qualities of isolated sculptures, canvases and images, it examines groups of artwork as formally interrelated emotions that lead predictably to conflict resolution totalities.

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The bumblebees have been busy in the raspberry patch this week. The extended warm weather stretch through September preceded by lots of summer rain made for tremendous cane growth in the berries with some of the brambles over 8 feet tall. The fall-bearing berries began flowering early in Sep…

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Flocks of white-throated sparrows have been flying up in front of me as I walk the dog most mornings. I always look for white-crowned sparrows among them, but I haven’t seen any yet this year. I like to see the white-crowns because they are a boreal novelty. They breed well north of us in no…

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Folks in Delaware can no longer intentionally release balloons into the sky, under a law Gov. John Carney signed on Friday, Sept. 17. Releasing four or fewer balloons is littering and can mean a fine of $25 or more. Releasing five or more brings a fine of $250 and up to eight hours of commun…

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