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May 24, 2017

Time to plant your garden

The summer season officially starts for many of us on Memorial Day weekend.

It seems to be the official date to plant our flower and vegetable gardens.

I remember when I was first married I would buy a few annuals and plant them in my…

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May 24, 2017

Thanksgiving in May

By Brett Yates

Earlier this month, in anticipation of Mother’s Day, Facebook introduced a seventh reaction emoji: the controversial “purple flower,” signifying thankfulness. In fact, it was a reintroduction, this time suggesting an annual springtime rollout, like the Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg at Easter, following…

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May 24, 2017

Deep in the muck

By Dom Cioffi

It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while I lose my temper. Most of the time it’s because of the illogical behavior of my teenage son, but on occasion, something else will set me off. Unfortunately, one of those “something…

Decluttering for sanity, new opportunities
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May 19, 2017

Decluttering for sanity, new opportunities

By Marguerite Jill Dye

I considered presenting a second Russian lesson or delving into the “109 paths from Trump to Putin,” but it would take a dissertation to investigate his Russian ties and the trail of Russian Mafia mobsters that lead to Trump Tower. Since the…

The great duckweed migration
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May 19, 2017

The great duckweed migration

By Declan McCabe

The word “migration” conjures images of vast wildebeest or pronghorn herds crossing plains in unison, or hummingbirds traversing the Gulf of Mexico. When charismatic birds leave our New England forests, migration is typically the explanation. But how can a group of plants…

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May 19, 2017

Monthly market insight

By Kevin Theissen

U.S. markets

Strong corporate earnings, results from the French presidential election, and a tax reform proposal combined to propel stock prices higher in April.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.34 percent, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index added 0.91 percent. The…

Altitude Sickness
May 19, 2017

Skiing every day as long as possible

Two hundred days. That is how many days, as of this writing, that I have skied this year. Of those days, 192 were lift service, and eight were uphill on Superstar.

Last year it took me until June 4 to get to 203 days. I…

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May 18, 2017

Brought to you by Blue Apron

By Brett Yates

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, have you noticed that pretty much every advertisement-supported podcast is funded by the same set of sponsors? These, in no particular order, are Blue Apron, Squarespace, Audible, Casper Sleep, Stamps.com, and Dollar Shave Club.

The…

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May 17, 2017

Undercover of the night

By Dom Cioffi

A high-profile kidnapping case captured the country’s attention over the last few months. It involved a 50-year-old Tennessee teacher who left his wife and children (and grandchildren!) to run away with his 15-year-old student.

It took authorities over a month to track…

Sasha, my Russian shaman
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May 11, 2017

Sasha, my Russian shaman

By Marguerite Jill Dye

I instantly felt an affinity for the young man and recognized his special gift. I can’t remember how we first met, but he looked like my brother Jack at 38. Sasha lived in the world but was not of this world,…