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Body & Soul

Each season coordinates with an impulse of transition in eating. Seasonally, we can select foods and enjoy dietary changes that help us reset our health and wellness while enjoying eating locally in season. Taking the time for self informed care offers great opportunity to practice with inte…

Multivitamins: we hear the word all the time, but there can certainly be hesitation around what they provide and how exactly they work. Where should we get our multivitamins from? How many should we take? Are they worth the money? We called in a professional.

For most of us, any kind of procedure with the word “drainage” in it most likely sounds invasive and somewhat messy. But in the case of lymphatic drainage massage, nothing could be further from the truth.


Intrepid Gardener

For gardening season 2021, I made two vows to myself: Somehow defeat the weeds taking over the gravel pathways inside my enclosed vegetable and cutting garden; Do not create any new gardens or buy any new perennials until I’m sure the ones that I have that don’t perform well are given every …

I remember as a kid in the 70s breaking off stalks of rhubarb from the edge of the garden and biting into its long, slender stems warmed by the sunshine. My friend, Dennis, and I would challenge one another to take a big bite and not scrunch up our faces in a big pucker. Sour as heck! Still,…

Probably the first tropical perennial I ever tried to grow outside in the summer was a bougainvillea vine. I special ordered it because it had a white flower tinged on the edges with red. Of course, when it arrived it was spindly as most mail order plants tend to be but it immediately took h…

Here in Dublin, we’re at least a week behind most other towns regarding the emergence of spring so I have to be satisfied with some of the earliest green things to pop up. Crocus were lovely, daffodils are showing buds, Camassia (commonly known as wild hyacinth) is looking strong too. My big…


By Hand By Hobby

When it comes to family lineage, we don’t always have all the information readily available. There may be some missing branches in your family tree that you are curious about, or a relative from the past that you wished you had known. It’s not always an easy task to look into your genealogy,…

An envelope or postal package taped up tight, a thread hanging from the cuff of the shirt, a piece of fruit that needs to be peeled or sliced – these are the day-to-day moments that call out for the sharp blade of a folded knife kept handy in a pocket. Pocket knives are a useful tool for eve…

After Lil Nas X recently released 666 limited edition pairs of “Satan Shoes,” that all sold out in under a minute at $1,018 a pair, a lawsuit ensued by Nike, halting any further sales due to trademark infringement. You may be asking yourself, “why on earth are people jumping at the opportuni…

When it comes to collecting miniatures and playing with dollhouses, this isn’t just a hobby for young children. In fact, Janine Lentsch, manager of Earth and Tree Miniatures and Dollhouses of Amherst says that this hobby started out very popular among women in their 50s to 70s, but now has a…

Next time you see a mother bear with her cubs, tip your hat to her, before putting a safe distance between you and her family. For up to seventeen months, female black bears are tireless single parents to their babes. The work is never done, from feeding and grooming to protecting and teachi…

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It was hard for Cassie (not her real name) to remember when things started going off the rails in her life, but the day came when she knew, without question, that she needed to make a change. She had been physically abused by her husband for many years and he had just beaten her for the last…

Ticks have become a plague of sorts in New England. Nearly everyone who spends time outdoors knows what it’s like to discover one of these little parasites partaking of a blood meal somewhere on their body. Beyond the “yuck factor’ these little pests are prolific vectors of disease. Everyone…

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Take down the birdfeeders and turn on the electric fences around the beehives and henhouse. The bears are awake and hungry after months of hibernation. Some of the sows have new cubs that weren’t there when they went to sleep.


Potpourri

Happy New Spring! May fortune smile on you. Enter broadly wealth’s source. May your year go smoothly. Felicity for the whole family. No matter the traditional greeting, the sentiment for the Lunar New Year throughout Asia is the same: happiness, fortune and good health in the coming year.

Americans in the modern world have most likely been treated using western medicine. Ayurveda, an alternative system of medicine that originated in India, is barely on our radar when it comes to conversations around healthcare.

It’s time for ghouls and gobblins… spirits and mischief … spooky dangers around any corner. It’s Halloween, a day immersed in tradition and with a history richer than the chocolate candy given to trick or treaters.

Since 1799, The Keene Sentinel has stood witness to local, state, national and international events, chronicling history as it happens with a unique focus on this community and its people. Like the venerable Monadnock Region we serve, this company has weathered all manner of challenges durin…


It Takes a Farm

It is believed that goats were first domesticated almost 10,000 years ago, and most likely in Asia Minor. The most recent genetic analysis confirms the archaeological evidence that goats can be traced back to the wild bezoar ibex of the Zagros Mountains in southwestern Iran. The Spanish expl…

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There’s something so nice about getting your hands in the dirt. I think for many of us, this action brings us back to childhood when playing in the dirt was a rite of passage. Whether you were making mud pies, splashing in puddles, or playing in the sandbox, there was nothing better than bei…

It may be a little early to say (considering we live in New England), but it seems like the winter season is finally behind us. Rainy spring has been poking its luscious head out this week, and April showers bring May flowers, right? Those April showers also bring delicious, locally sourced …

“It’s an unusual site. Not many places in the northeast you’ve got that many maple trees together like that. Plus, I like the view,” described Bruce Bascom, owner of Bascom Maple Farms in Acworth. His great, great grandfather built a sugarhouse on the property in 1853, and it was replaced an…


Nest / Intrepid Gardener

Life is busy and can be hectic. And amid the pandemic, times have been tough — emotionally, mentally, and for many, financially. Being more frugal have become part of the norm, partly out of necessity. But that doesn’t mean we need to forego ways to make life easier… even if only a little. A…

What if you could live mortgage-free, heat your entire home with less than two cords of wood each winter, and barely notice the difference when the power goes out? That’s real life for Marlow resident, Dakota Benedetto, who is executive director of the nearby Leaf Charter School.

Once in a while when I find a consumer product that I really enjoy or find useful, I like to share it here in the Nest column. No manufacturer compensation involved here… just discoveries I think are worth sharing.

So, you think you’re ready to make one of the biggest decisions of your life: purchasing your first house. The world of real estate can quickly make you feel rudderless in choppy seas, but with some research and a little preliminary groundwork, you’ll be smooth sailing toward reaching your d…


Outside My Door

Hydropower – you may have heard the term, but just how do we generate electricity through water? According to the U.S. Geological Survey’s website, it is similar to the way coal-fired power plants generate electricity. In both instances, a power source is used to turn a turbine, which turns …


Pickin' & Pokin'

May is here and Mother’s Day is upon us! And we are all pretty sure this Mother’s Day will be amazing and we can finally hug those we may not have seen for a while. Let’s take a trip back in time, to Mother’s Day of past years. This will be sure to bring a smile to your face.

In 2013 when my mother-in-law was cleaning out her home she gave away a lot of items to my husband and I. Among many things, my father-in-law, Everett Delworth’s “My Scrapbook of STARS”. At the time, I really didn’t pay much attention to it, but last month I picked it up and found simple joy…

It’s been a long dark winter, but spring is finally here. As the trees begin to bud, the chirping birds return, and the longer days beckon us outdoors, a well-planned and well-designed garden can provide a welcomed haven. I’m not necessarily referring to formal gardens with their closely-cli…

At the beginning of 2021, my family lost an important figure as my paternal great aunt, Kathleen Mitchell, passed away. She was 96, and led a full life with the most positive outlook and cheerful spirit of anyone I’ve ever met. Her husband and son both passed away years ago, and with no othe…


The Dish

My mom was a gifted home cook. The way she put a dish, holiday meal or cheesecake together always seemed effortless. Of course, it most likely wasn’t as easy as she made it appear but she sure could throw down in the kitchen.

If fall and winter are the seasons of slow-cooked soup and comfort foods, spring and summer are the seasons of salad. When summer brings its bounty of local produce and the height of tomato time at my CSA, we eat Caprese salad weekly at my house. We love a good cheese-forward recipe and ther…

When making almost any meal, there are bound to be scraps left behind that don’t make it into the mix. Well, what if instead of tossing them in the garbage you give them a whole new look… and taste? All that’s needed is a little creativity.

There is almost nothing like fresh herbs when you’re cooking a dish… and eating it. Organic, home-grown herbs offer a richness that simply can’t be matched with those in plastic containers or pre-packaged from the supermarket. It’s close, yet sort of far.


Spotlight

You may want to leave the wedding bouquets to the experts, but Thais Frost shows anyone can brighten up their lives with a few floral arranging tips. 

The theme of this season’s An Evening of Dance performance from Keene State College’s theater and dance department was inspired by a pre-pandemic conversation. It just so happens that in the time of the pandemic, its concept is incredibly timely.

We all know social justice and music go hand-in-hand. Annie Patterson and Peter Blood have made it their life’s work inviting people to sing out important messages of hope and calls to action—together.