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Tom King

Tom King

Now at summer’s doorstep

Monday is the day that, a few months ago, you thought would never arrive: Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer. A week from next Friday is the day you … Full story  


Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Moving offers opportunity for indoor entertainment, outdoor entertaining

“When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.” Rodney Dangerfield, comedian. While not recommended when it comes to parenting, time and space considerations … Full story  


Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Horrors of romance in one disturbing book

In the 1940s and ’50s, many preachers, parents and politicians railed against comic books as the cause of juvenile delinquency, tossing around phrases such as “seduction of the innocent” and … Full story  


Dean Shalhoup

Dean Shalhoup

World War II, D-Day as seen through the eyes of legendary Nashua radio personality

When childhood classmate Margo Lawrie – she was Margo Lecius back then – told me the other day she was resurrecting her project to organize and compile her father’s war … Full story  


Paul Collins

Paul Collins

Music, where is thy Sting? Still as sharp as ever

Nearly four decades have slipped by us since Gordon Sumner, a young British school teacher, had the wherewithal to transform and reinvent himself and become the international superstar known to … Full story  


Melissa Runde

Melissa Runde

Fly the (un)friendly skies: Seven people to avoid in the air

In order to celebrate The-Birthday-That-Shall-Not Be-Named, my husband was nice enough to take me to Las Vegas a few weeks ago. I love everything about vacation, with one glaring exception: … Full story  


Kathleen Palmer

Kathleen Palmer

Amid the barbecues, remember the reason for the holiday

It’s amazing how time seems to speed up once winter is over, isn’t it? I can’t believe it’s already Memorial Day weekend. I’ll blink, and it’ll be back-to-school shopping time … Full story  


Alan Greenwood

Alan Greenwood

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s sorry legacy: Roger Goodell

Robert Kraft took the route of unconditional surrender Tuesday. Or, possibly, it is the route of double-secret conditional surrender. There were mutterings from the NFL owners’ gathering that a quid-pro-quo … Full story  


George Scione

George Scione

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft botches Deflategate escape

Forget probability, possibility or any plausible deniability – Robert Kraft officially admitted that the New England Patriots are guilty in Deflategate. It doesn’t matter if he actually says “We cheated. … Full story  


Don Himsel

Don Himsel

Nashua erected ‘the most imposing church in New England’ with St. Francis Xavier

In the latter part of the 19th century, Fr. Henri Athanasius Lessard was tasked with developing the new parish that had split off from St. Louis de Gonzague closer to … Full story  


David Brooks

David Brooks

The technology of trains to be discussed at Science Cafe on Wednesday

A civil engineer who works on designing and implementing railroad technology, including the braking system that came to national attention following last week’s Amtrak accident in Philadelphia, will be one … Full story  


Sandy Philpott

Sandy Philpott

The reality of “free time” math: It’s all subtraction

Last fall, when my daughter joined my son in attending preschool several mornings a week, I had all kinds of exciting expectations of what I could get done in all … Full story  


Eric Stanway

Eric Stanway

The saucy derivation of a classic Brit/Indian hybrid dish

Here’s a quick quiz for you: What is the national dish of Britain? Fish and chips? Nope. Steak and kidney pie? Sorry. Bangers and mash? Nice try, but no cigar. … Full story  


June Lemen

June Lemen

Dammit doll is a cathartic vehicle

I received a package from my sister Liz in the mail recently. I wondered what it was, as it was too late for Lucy’s birthday and far too early for … Full story  


Doug Webster

Doug Webster

April 2015: Cool with increasingly dry conditions

Spring bloomed with painful slowness across New England this year as that pesky winter pattern kept its foot in the door well into April. Polar air from Canada made itself … Full story  


Marc Bouchard

Marc Bouchard

Elevate your springtime parties with beef tenderloin roast

Between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, there extends an unbroken chain of holidays, end-of-the-season games and recitals, college and high school graduations. Inevitably, many of you will be hosting dinner … Full story  


Teresa Santoski

Teresa Santoski

The geek gene runs strong in our family, young siblings

Teenagers say the most mind-boggling things sometimes. Younger Sister, who is now 16, and Youngest Brother, now 17, often amaze me with their tendency to view themselves outside of the … Full story  


Benjamin Garber

Benjamin Garber

Don’t let your kids bleach their minds

At 59 years old, Christine had been working a desk job for the last 22 years. Having poor posture was just a normal thing. She always took walks at lunch … Full story  


Gerry Descoteaux

Gerry Descoteaux

May Day presents a bounty in Lawnchair Land

Mercury was at one time perhaps the least well known of all the planets in the solar system, especially in regard to popular culture, where Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto … Full story