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Body & Soul

Paul Youngquist has seen a number of patients dealing with the effects of Lyme disease come into his business, Wellness Works, to use the infrared sauna. Others coping with sleep issues, some from the negative effects of the blue light resulting from too much screen time, those with endocrin…

Thanks to a growing trend, bottoms up at your local yoga class may refer to more than just the body position for downward-facing dog. Nationwide, yoga classes held at craft breweries are helping people keep limber with a side of lager.

When I talk about dedicated athletes, there is a bit of reverence for the strength and grit of these super humans. They are role models in our society. We put a lot of value on the attributes they seem to obtain and uphold and we certainly pay them for it.


Intrepid Gardener

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A couple weeks ago, my partner and I were getting ready for bed. I’d been out working in the gardens for an hour or so after work and while I work in them, I spend a lot of time sitting right on my butt in the grass, dirt or gravel.


By Hand By Hobby

When Georgia Morgan of Brattleboro’s Georgia Morgan Jewelry looks to nature, she finds design ideas for her art. The result might be a calla lily pendant, earrings depicting delicate flowers or even a lighting switch plate that evokes the evening sky just at dusk.

They can fit in the palm of a hand, like to cuddle and play and each has their own personality. An exotic pet that is becoming more recognizable, the sugar glider is a small marsupial that can offer companionship and delight to its owners, if they know how to properly care for these special …

What better experience is there between horse and rider than to have fun? It’s an idea from which Cara and Jared Penley have built a business and life together.

If you start seeing scalded, dead grass on your lawn this summer, chances are the family dog is the culprit. More specifically, the dog’s pee is the offending agent.


Potpourri

Sun and the sand are primary reasons for heading, lemming-like, to the seashore in summer. The Maine coast around Kennebunkport has some of the best beaches in the Northeast, with miles of fine sand and gentle surf, but it also offers a variety of things to do when the sun doesn’t shine.

Get ready to see trucks topple and smoke pour out from hardcore motor vehicles at the 2018 Northeast Off-Road Jamboree. This annual event, hosted by Northeast Performance Diesel, is coming to the Cheshire Fairground in Swanzey on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, and will feature a number …

Half a decade ago, the Keene Lions Club started a program called the “Junior Lions.” Since then, more than 500 Keene High School juniors have joined at least four luncheon meetings each and participated in the Club’s activities.


It Takes a Farm

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Weathervanes are much more than a simple tool for detecting the weather. Here in the Monadnock Region, they’re also a treasured part of our collective past, a tradition stretching back for centuries.

The 18th annual Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, featuring a parade of future farmers leading flower-bedecked heifer calves through historic Main Street in Brattleboro, takes place June 7, 8 and 9. Organizers promise many special surprises for the occasion, but the centerpiece of the weeken…


Nest / Intrepid Gardener

Us gardeners feel like we’re getting the short end of the stick this spring with the seemingly endless rain and cool temperatures, but there’s another dilemma I’ve been asked about multiple times: What the heck is going on with the rhododendrons?

Do you remember on the TV show, “The Jetsons,” when mom Jane Jetson would answer her phone first thing in the morning and she could see the person she was talking to on a screen? If she hadn’t put herself together for the day, she had this false image of herself looking fabulous that she’d “…

From the moment a house is built, the clock starts ticking and a new history is being created.

Here in our part of New England, it is common to have water with impurities, which, if left unchecked, will most certainly stain sinks and bathtubs, damage pipes and can even cause long term health problems.


Outside My Door

The link between the muse and nature is irrefutable. Poets and artists have known this throughout the ages, and contemplation of the natural world has brought forth some of the greatest artistic accomplishments throughout human history.

At the first sign of spring, many New Englanders wait in rapt anticipation of maple syrup season, when they can once again indulge themselves with the sweet, sticky treat.

Don’t let the name fool you — forest bathing has nothing to do with outdoor showers. Forest bathing, also referred to as nature therapy or shinrin-yoku in Japanese, is a practice that promotes the healing medicine believed to exist in the forest atmosphere.

My wife, Cynthia, and I have been creating puzzlers and treasure hunts since before we even met each other. We made a treasure map for guests at our wedding and a lucky person found and got to keep a pot full of Sacagawea dollar coins that we had hid in the West River.


Pickin' & Pokin'

Monadnock bibliophiles can finally rejoice. The Peterborough Book Fair, now sponsored by the Peterborough Poetry Project, is making a welcome return after several years’ absence. The event was a fixture in the Town House for more than a decade before being discontinued a while back. 

It was a chilly, rainy Sunday a few weeks ago when my friend Gary suggested we go do a little antiquing over in the Bellows Falls and Chester, Vt., area. Weekend time is so precious to me and I’m antsy to just keep working away outside in the gardens, but Mother Nature wasn’t having it, so a…


The Dish

MamaSezz meal delivery service came about when founders Meg Donahue and Lisa Lorimer realized that not only are the health and wellness benefits of a whole food plant-based diet astounding, the extra time spent purchasing and preparing the appropriate foods can be as well.

I’m not pickle possessed by any means, although I do enjoy a crisp dill spear alongside my grilled summer burger, but there was something about this recipe when I saw it pop up in my social media newsfeed that intrigued me enough to crave it — immediately.


Spotlight

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As Peterborough Players begins to close in on a century of entertaining audiences, its 86th summer season will continue to delight and surprise them.

Take a Dead tribute band, add a blues legend, Vegas staple and “man in black” sound-alike and you’ve got a recipe for summer entertainment in downtown Peterborough.

A dozen years in and The Thing in the Spring is barely recognizable from that first event — in a good way.