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…

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.…

When he talks about his childhood, Gary Barnes is no longer a 63-year-old therapist. He is a gem collector, sharing his treasures. He holds each memory to the light. The manicured street he grew up on. The stores he visited in the neighboring town, where he’d get Superman and Richie Rich com…

RICHMOND — Pamela Goodell gazes pensively out the big plate-glass window in the dining room of the house that overlooks her land here, the open scenery beautiful on a sunny afternoon. All of it is refreshed and renewed by the badly needed rains that passed through the night before.

B RATTLEBORO — The sign on the door is gone, the front window displays are bare, and inside, there’s a single lonely clothes rack with only about a dozen garments hanging on it — a couple of sports coats, some shirts and a few pairs of slacks. Empty display tables and shelving cases are scat…

It’s difficult to keep up with Liz Sayre. She walks, works and talks fast — a woman on a mission, armed with a ready smile, quick wit and a plain-speaking manner. She says what she means and means what she says. That’s what colleagues and friends say about her.

When the call came over the radio that somebody had been in a fatal snowmobile accident, it stopped Kassandra “Kassie” (Dupre) Lunderville in her tracks. After all, her father had died when she was 18 in the same tragic way. Her coworkers wondered how she’d handle the call, especially since …

Chasing submarines in a P-3 Orion, helicoptering into the DMZ, and hunting and retrieving a fugitive in Venezuela. ... This may sound like a movie montage, but it’s just a handful of memories from Elizabeth Bendel’s wide-ranging career as a Naval officer, federal agent and aviation services …

The mallets fall like the fingers of a master pianist, bouncing off the wooden keys in a flurry of motion. It looks relaxed , but it’s tightly controlled. Bright, punchy notes spring from the keys at a moderate tempo.

John Finneran sits in his cozy office at Keene State College. He’s a friendly and welcoming presence, a warm man. An associate professor of public health, he’ll be in the classroom in a couple of hours. But for the moment, he’s reflecting back on his 24-year clinical career working with peop…

WALPOLE — It begins at a large rectangular table just off the kitchen at Pam Bernard’s home on a hill overlooking this tidy New England-postcard town. Eight people arrive at the house and join her at the table, and there’s serious work to be done — lessons, critiques and discussions both hea…