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Body & Soul
I attended a lovely event the other night at the Redfern Arts Center on the campus of Keene State College and something caught my eye. The event was The Sentinel’s Extraordinary Women celebration and aside from the incredible ladies that were being honored that night, I saw a couple extraord…
If you’re of a certain age, you probably did as I did as a kid in late summer… captured Monarch caterpillars on a stalk of milkweed and put them in a jar or aquarium and waited for them to go through their amazing metamorphosis into gorgeous orange and black butterflies.
As a devoted, longtime gardener, I tend to lean more toward perennials than annuals as the main materials I work with in my Dublin gardens. I love the sheer variety of perennials on the market, the ability to divide and share favorite plants and the anticipation of what’s going to be blooming next.
By Hand By Hobby
Paula Papoojian has 32 years of experience as a schoolteacher, many of those in a city among elementary school students who every winter would come to school without hats or mittens. Later in life, she was working with a program to provide winter hats for those in need and began to wonder wh…
Every year, art students around the country are asked to produce works about something that inspires them or is meaningful. When the teachers at Tornillo Detention Center in Tornillo, Texas, gave that assignment to the detained immigrant children being held there, their students ― from Guate…
Fur, Fins & Feathers
It’s the early 1940s and World War II is being fought overseas. Soldiers have gathered for a night of comedy, a little music and some dancing to help them forget — at least for a little while — what awaits them.
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 …
It Takes a Farm
Nest / Intrepid Gardener
A 2018 report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (reports.nlihc.org/oor) found that even for those working a full-time job at minimum wage, a modest two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States is unaffordable. With affordable housing often unavailable, many families are lef…
Over in Dublin, at the end of an obscure dirt road, you’ll find a little bit of the Orient, in the form of a Japanese house, lovingly constructed in time-honored tradition. This tiny gem is a labor of love for local resident Paul Tuller, who has spent the last 15 years reconstructing it on t…
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 “…
Outside My Door
With its double bald summits and wide sweeping view, Mount Watatic on the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border makes an excellent destination to take in Mother Nature’s annual color show. Especially in my case, since the trailhead is a mere two and a half miles from my doorstep.
Pickin' & Pokin'
Like many enterprises, the antique market has seen more of its share of ups and downs over the years, with many items commanding only a fraction of what they did just a couple of decades ago. In consequence, many stores have simply closed their doors, selling out as the market continues to c…
Through his work-study job in the College Archives and Special Collections at Keene State’s Mason Library, sophomore Davis Allen is learning more about a period he’s very interested in – World War II – and also trying out a career possibility.
Most of the activities we now think of as crafts and hobbies actually started out of necessity, using whatever materials that were on-hand to create something new and useful. Rug hooking, for instance, has a long and storied tradition that stretches back to colonial days and beyond.
Nearly half a century ago, a small group of engine enthusiasts met in Dublin to celebrate the equipment used by their forefathers in the maintenance and upkeep of their farms. Eventually, this led to the formation of a registered nonprofit, The Dublin Gas Engine Meet, the mission of which is…
We tend to think of Halloween as a harmless kids’ holiday, a time when youngsters can get dressed up and go door to door in search of candy. The truth is, however, that it has a history that goes back much further and is tied into the changing of the seasons and the end of summer.