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August 1, 2015 No comments

West Side Story Premiers at Opera North

I first met Tony and Maria in a movie theatre in 1961. After the first twenty minutes of West Side Story, my father dragged us all out of there; he didn’t think real men, particularly the tough kids that populated our neighborhood, danced. Thank God then for Jerome Robbins, choreographer extraordinare, who knew without a […]

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July 31, 2015 No comments

L’OBSERVATION LES OISEAUX EN FRANCE

At an earlier time in my life I worked in the wine and spirits industry. Over the span of 25 years, there was little in that business I did not do. I worked retail, in restaurants, directed the wine program for a wine and spirits distributor and taught wine classes for adults. About the only […]

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July 30, 2015 No comments

Swimming Holes and Soft Serve

  It’s that time of year when a successful day boils down to two tasks: Find a swimming hole and find a cone of soft serve ice cream on the way home. It sounds easy enough, but finding both on the same outing takes some forethought. And they do have to be on the same […]

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August 1, 2015 No comments

West Side Story Premiers at Opera North

I first met Tony and Maria in a movie theatre in 1961. After the first twenty minutes of West Side Story, my father dragged us all out of there; he didn’t think real men, particularly the tough kids that populated our neighborhood, danced. Thank God then for Jerome Robbins, choreographer extraordinare, who knew without a […]

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July 28, 2015 No comments

Paul Rudd: Superhero???

So here we go again with the age old (well, not exactly AGE OLD, but old) question: what defines a superhero? Is it a superpower that exists beyond that of mortal men – for example Superman, Thor or Spiderman? Or does a manmade, scientifically constructed capability qualify – such as Batman or Ironman? The latter […]

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July 24, 2015 No comments

Readers and Writers and Poets, Oh My!

We are a sort of tribe, those of us who read for pleasure, write because we want to or need to make a living.  Our kin are calling you to Bookstock in Woodstock, VT this very weekend, July 24 through 26.  A complete schedule is available on the Bookstock website. It is Bookstock’s seventh year […]

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July 24, 2015 No comments

Just What Are the Liberal Arts?

Let us begin with what liberal education is not,” writes Associate Professor of History Cecilia Gaposchkin in a Huffington Post opinion piece on the liberal arts. “It is not a technical training in a particular subject matter which leads to a particular job and career trajectory. It is not a nursing degree. Or an accounting […]

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July 23, 2015 No comments

Long-Lost Dr. Seuss Book Released Today

Among Theodor Seuss Geisel’s things set aside by his widow after his death was an unknown manuscript that would become a book being published posthumously today under his pen name, Dr. Seuss. The classic children’s author died on Sept. 24, 1991 at the age of 87. At the time, his widow, Audrey Geisel, was renovating […]

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July 19, 2015 No comments

Expand Your Horizons With the Friendship Family Program

My name is Ashley Manning and I am this year’s Friendship Family Program Student Coordinator at the Office of Pluralism and Leadership at Dartmouth. The Friendship Family Program (FFP) is a unique international student program that matches incoming Dartmouth international students with Upper Valley families to help them form cross-cultural friendships and experience American culture beyond the […]

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July 28, 2015 One comment

Hello Café in Thetford, VT

My sister-in-law, who had worked as a camp counselor in the area for years, has talked about a Thetford farm stand with a café just past the farm stand’s doors. From her vague description, I’d pictured a gritty, sun-drenched farm worker taking a break from the fields to serve up cowboy coffee to passersby. Well, […]

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July 16, 2015 No comments

The Restaurant at Loch Lyme Lodge

The Loch Lyme Lodge restaurant is now serving dinner to the public six nights until Labor Day. I made a reservation for my husband and myself for 7pm last Friday. Upon our arrival, we at first realized we’d driven past this property a few times during other exploratory road trips around the area. The lodge […]

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June 25, 2015 No comments

Whetstone Station – Brattleboro, VT

In the effort to continue punching off my “Vermont Brewery Challenge Official Passport,” my significant other and I headed south to Brattleboro last weekend, looking forward to enjoying a beer and some lunch on the Connecticut River. Whetstone Station, located at 36 Bridge Street, is a restaurant, BierGarten and “experimental nano-brewery,” as they brew small, […]

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March 6, 2015 No comments

GMAIL Makeover

Google is previewing a vastly improved contacts feature that will eventually become part of Gmail. The new contacts tool is elegantly designed. Instead of a simple alphabetical list, Google’s (GOOGL, Tech30) new contacts tool sorts people according to importance: First, “starred” (favorite) contacts appear, followed by frequently contacted and then “all contacts.” You can easily […]

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September 9, 2014 No comments

Get on Board the Brain Train

Want to stay in intellectual shape? You might want to invest in one of these brain training apps as recommended by CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/09/health/brain-training-apps/index.html?hpt=hp_c4    

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September 4, 2014 No comments

Social Media and Your Business

Calling all small businesses! Are you a home-based business, small retailer, farmer, independent contractor, or otherwise self-employed? The Cohase Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be hosting a special event on Tuesday Sept 9th at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. In conjunction with the VT Small Business Development Center, a seminar will be […]

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March 6, 2015 No comments

Your Cat is Now Your Drinking Buddy

You never have to drink alone again, because now you can drink with your cats. At least in Japan you can, because a Japanese company called B&H Lifes has begun selling wine made specifically for cats. This special feline libation is called “Nyan Nyan Nouveau.” As Kotaku reports, “nyan nyan” is the Japanese equivalent of “meow meow.” […]

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February 6, 2015 No comments

What a Pig.

Mangalitsa, The Pig That Resembles a Sheep By Kaushik Sunday, May 04, 2014  Animals  4 comments Mangalitsa or Mangalica is a rare breed of pig of Hungarian origin that has an unusual growth of curly hair over its body, akin to that of a sheep. The fleece can be black, or red, but is most […]

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January 27, 2015 No comments

Wake up, Wasabi!

Wasabi-Spraying Fire Alarm Is Made for the Hard of Hearing SEP 30, 2011 06:45 PM ET // BY ALEXANDER DAVIES If you think that being hit in the face with a super-spicy wasabi mist is necessarily a bad thing, think again. A team of researchers from Japan’s Shiga University of Medical Science has invented a smoke alarm […]

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May 5, 2015 No comments

Designing Your Estate Plan-Post Mortem Matters (or) How to Make Gifts to “Your People”

This is the second of a two part series addressing the question of how to make gifts to your beneficiaries. Last time we talked about outright and in trust distributions. In the right circumstances, trusts can enhance the value of the gift and have a lasting and positive impact on the beneficiary and his or […]

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April 12, 2015 No comments

How to Make Gifts to “Your People”

It has been a year since we first asked the question: what is an estate plan? Over the last 12 months we have concentrated most of our time on discussing planning for incapacity, an oft overlooked aspect of an estate plan. Today we begin the discussion of how my estate plan will work after my […]

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March 23, 2015 No comments

Social Security Survivors Benefits!

A frequently asked question surviving spouses ask us is: do my Social Security benefits change? According to the Social Security Administration, a surviving spouse may be eligible to receive the deceased spouse’s full retirement benefits at full retirement age (“FRA”). For survivor benefits only, FRA is 66 for anyone born before 1957. The FRA increases […]

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