Maine’s new monument offers chance for rustic adventures

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STACYVILLE In a rural corner of Maine that’s so remote even Mainers call it “the willy-wags,” there’s a new place for camping, hiking and birding. But it comes with a dash of political intrigue. More...

Stylish decor and pets can co-exist

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It’s gotten easier to have a house full of pets without sacrificing the home decor you want.  Interior designer Vern Yip, a judge on HGTV’s “Design Star” and a dog person, says new technology has led to a variety of styli More...

Here’s how Sparky the dog trained my son, Ford

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

Before I tell you how our dog Sparky trained my son, Ford, I need to tell you that Sparky has a doorbell he rings when he wants to go into the backyard. More...

How you can minimize tomato blight

John Denver introduced me to a Guy Clark song called “Home Grown Tomatoes,” with a refrain that goes, “Only two things money can’t buy. That’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.” How true. I love tomatoes.  More...

Wild orchids

Flowers lovers flock to Vermont bog

HARTLAND, Vt. Each spring and summer, a Vermont bog yields a rare spectacle — hundreds of wild orchids in bloom, drawing visitors from around the country. More...

Self-esteem: Lost and found through digital photography?

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

This might be overstating it a bit, but one of the worst things to happen to my self-esteem was the invention of the camera phone. More...

Wonderful — and colorful — annual flowers I love to grow

I want colorful flowers growing alongside my front walkway every day from May to November, and generally have them. I do so by growing annual flowers. More...

After Greek and Icelandic, is French the next trendy yogurt?

NEW YORK   There’s Greek yogurt, Icelandic yogurt and Australian yogurt. Now, the U.S. maker of Yoplait is hoping to revive its declining sales by marketing yet another culture in the yogurt section.  More...

Three melon soup is a summer showstopper

Three melon soup, a real showstopper, is as much fun to look at as it is refreshing to eat. The key, though, is to start with the ripest and most fragrant fruits available. More...

Gay adoption ... progress but obstacles remain

With tens of thousands of children lingering in foster care across the United States, waiting for adoption, Illinois schoolteachers Kevin Neubert and Jim Gorey did their bit. More...

Meat and potatoes made healthier as a dinner salad

Generations of Americans have grown up heralding meat and potatoes as the classic dinner of choice. More...

More lies people tell you at the (Maine) lake

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

Last year I shared with you some of my favorite lies that people tell you at the lake — particularly Maine lakes — during the summer (I’ll define “summer” below). More...

Veggies you can plant now for fall eating

Most gardeners don’t think of July as the time to plant seeds in the vegetable garden. But it should be. This is a good time to plant many things including broccoli, Happy Rich, lettuce, kohlrabi, fall radishes, carrots and beets. More...

New museum

N.H. facility tells story of New England car racing history

LOUDON, N.H. There are no video games or interactive exhibits at the new North East Motor Sports Museum in Loudon, New Hampshire. Not even a touchscreen. More...

Summer vacation? Lots of Americans say they can’t afford it

Forget frequent flier miles, last-minute getaways and even road trips. More...

The military seems more regional, generational

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

My husband, Dustin, officially retires from the military after 20 years. He and I both were raised in military families, and, in my husband’s case, he has remained part of the military ever since he entered the Naval Academy. More...

5 things you must do in the vegetable garden soon

OK, nobody likes to be told what they have to do. Or when they have to do it, so I apologize for telling you what to do. And you don’t really have to do these things immediately, but doing them soon will help you later on. More...

A little less drama:

Some of today’s kitchen backsplashes get sleeker

The kitchen backsplash — that surface behind the stovetop or sink that protects the wall from damage during cooking and dishwashing — has long been used to add color and beauty to an otherwise utilitarian space. More...

Green beans as the main dish?

Sometimes I just crave a big serving of green beans. You too, right? More...

Primroses and other great plants for shade

If I were to be consigned to life on a remote island, what one flower would I bring along with me? That’s a bit like asking you which child is your favorite, or which piece of music you could listen to for all eternity. More...