A pivotal moment in Celia Rabinowitz’s life came while studying in Jerusalem in 1982.
Dr. Steve Larmon sits relaxed on the side patio of his home in West Keene on a humid summer day, his legs crossed, arms languidly splayed out. There are heavy thunderheads on the western horizon, probably still deep within Vermont’s Windham County; it will be another two hours before the clo…
WESTMORELAND — Leading down the stairway of Alan Edward Bell’s home, a series of film posters lines the wall.
PETERBOROUGH — It’s a hot day, reaching into the 90s. But inside Colony Hall, the main building of the famed MacDowell Colony, the cool air of the morning has been captured and is being churned by big ceiling fans that rotate slowly in graceful cadence.
PETERBOROUGH — It’s raining hard, the kind of summer downpour that forces everyone to run indoors with their arms over their heads in a futile effort to protect themselves from a soaking.
It is a gorgeous summer day, not a single cloud in the sky, and Ron Farina sits at the kitchen table at his West Keene residence of 44 years, looking out a rear window at what might be one of the best views of Mount Monadnock in the city.
The road to Liam Magan’s identity is lit by a constellation of moments. The 25-year-old knows these anniversaries by heart. One by one, he rattles them off.
SWANZEY CENTER — “I love it up here,” Cadigan Gregory said as she walked up a flight of stairs, next to wallpaper that looks like a 19th-century decorator’s take on ancient Rome. “If you like attics, you’ll be psyched.”
STODDARD — After delivering one of the most consequential votes of her political career, Ruth Ward drove at dusk down Route 9 from the capitol in Concord to her secluded Stoddard home, where she recalled her father being killed in China when she was just 7.
Joyce Lehman will turn 75 next week and reflects back to her childhood — to the Sunday afternoons when she’d sit in a living-room corner of her parents’ farmhouse in rural Iowa. All of their friends and relatives would gather round for lively conversation and colorful storytelling.
PETERBOROUGH — Laura Gingras well recalls the first time she drove into this town, on a beautiful spring day in 2000. She was doing a favor for a job-recruiter friend who’d hounded her to take a look at a new position as vice president of development — a fundraiser — at Monadnock Community H…
Peggy Jaeger gets up well before the sun every morning — 4 a.m. — and it’s off to work. In her case, though, she’s still wearing pajamas, and her office is just one staircase up from her second-floor bedroom in her Keene home.
On a dreary October night in a cavernous, sterile room at the Keene Recreation Center, Dottie Morris found herself in a tense but familiar situation.
WINCHESTER — The kettle whistles in the kitchen at 2 in the afternoon every day in the home of Pete and Dorothy Farnan. It’s been a tradition in their household, tea at that hour, ever since the two married in 2006.
NEWFANE, Vt. — There’s a heavy blanket of snow on the landscape, certainly not an unusual sight during a Vermont winter. But the sunlight is so bright its reflection off the ground makes one squint, even through sunglasses.
In some ways, Patrick Hummel is a typical manager. He oversees staff, works with finances, maintains facilities and handles crises.
Mark Florenz stands on the side porch of his farm in West Keene. It’s a cold, overcast day, and long-frozen puddles embedded with dirt dot the driveway, making for some treacherous walking.
CHESTERFIELD — Kirsti Sandy had a friend, a dear, dear friend. Her name was Elizabeth Hatmaker. The two met when they shared an office together at Illinois State University when they were graduate students. Hatmaker was a poet and was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a…
WESTMINSTER, Vt. — There are musical instruments everywhere, on shelves, stands and cabinets — so many it’s hard to easily navigate while walking through the music instruction area of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. There are even antique instruments secured high on the walls near the ceilin…
SWANZEY CENTER — Before Heather Doyle leads her marching band of 88 onto the field at Raymond James Stadium for the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day, she had to wrap up another rehearsal Thursday and get to anatomy class.
SPOFFORD — Paul Stewart takes his place, his favorite spot, on a comfortable and what looks like a well-worn and much-loved sofa. One of his two dogs nestles beside him. Outside, it’s cold and getting colder, the wind is kicking up, the leafless trees are bending. But inside, it’s toasty warm.
Though she sings with others and for others, Margaret Foxweldon doesn’t like to call what she does a performance. She prefers to call it a “sing.”
Ken Sheldon’s writing desk is tucked into a tiny closet, piles of papers spilling over the small shelves above his computer.
ALSTEAD — Preparing, packaging and delivering more than 200 meals is a full-day process. On Thursday, it began around 8 a.m., when Richard Lincourt arrived at a small kitchen on Bragg Lane, a converted garage.
DUBLIN — Margaret Nelson has what some might call “honest eyes” that look you straight in the face with no hint of guile. They convey that she means what she says and says what she means — the proverbial straight-talking Yankee trait that was probably her birthright after being born and rais…
Seesawing in the backseat of a taxi through the rolling hills of Rwanda in the dead of night, Nancy Zeller’s true first impression of the Land of a Thousand Hills would not come until daybreak.
When a hurricane nears U.S. shores, those in its path start preparing. They hunker down or evacuate their homes, and everyone else gets busy sending thoughts and prayers to loved ones in the cross hairs.
Many Americans may not know this now, but it was only a little more than a half-dozen decades ago that polio was the most feared disease in the land, striking terror into the hearts of parents, as it often hit infants and children.
MARLBOROUGH — John Manning’s first encounter with the wreckage of a large-scale fire — the type that devours buildings — came when he was 6 years old. A nightclub in Revere, Mass., had burned down the previous night, and Charles McCarthy, Manning’s uncle and chaplain for the Arlington, Mass.…
DUMMERSTON, Vt. — It wasn’t an easy childhood for Aaron Phillips. Nor was it an easy war — the First Gulf War, when he deployed twice with the U.S. Marines. And it wasn’t easy dealing with some of the souvenirs he dragged back from that war — night terrors, hyper-vigilance and a very short fuse.
WESTMORELAND — The wheelchair was ready to go — Sally Jenna had already cleaned and restored it. She also affixed a tag that identifies it as part of the Shepherd Program. Someone from Cheshire Medical Center had called on behalf of a senior citizen earlier that week: The woman would be read…
BRATTLEBORO — Mark Mikolas has lived a life on his own terms, driven by what he describes as insatiable curiosity. The tale of the tape on his experiences matches perhaps the aggregate of what a half-dozen people can list.
When Amy Roy flew to China for a day about three weeks ago, it wasn’t a typical business trip. The Fitzwilliam resident’s assignment was to hang out with several dogs, so they’d feel comfortable with her when, many hours later, they all landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport.