It seems the more we, as a society, become aware at how artificial dyes and chemically engineered food additives, preservatives and flavorings affect us, the more we seek to live an organic and natural lifestyle.

Tails of pigs, feet of boars, ears of hogs, tongues of oxen… It sounds more like the ingredients for a witches’ brew, than a recipe for the most famous stew in the world.

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According to Kelley Blue Book (KBB), an automotive valuation and research resource, the average cost of a new vehicle is now $38,948. That’s no small sum, and not only does the expense continue to climb (+1.7 percent this past year), but associated finance obligations are being extended as w…

Looking up, lying on my back, the Firmament is a bottomless well where infinite height turns to infinite depth and the worst kind of vertigo. The kind that derives from, our insignificance.

“I Am My Own Wife,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about survival and identity under the cloak of World War II Germany, will be onstage at Long Wharf Theatre, Wednesday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, March 1.

ESSEX — Come learn about the history of the Florence Griswold Museum as well as all the innovative exhibitions and events in store for 2020 with Director of Education and Outreach, David Rau, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Essex Library.

GUILFORD — Discover the owls of New England with photographer Peter Christoph on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library. Christoph delivers stunning photographs of his favorite owls combined with stories that entertain, educate and inspire the audience.

A 17-minute musical montage of Biblical proportions, with cast members of the Daniel Hand High School Show Choir, VIBE, singing, dancing, and rocking on an enormous ark at a cabaret on Sunday, Jan. 12, was a prelude to a 1st place grand champion showing at the Lowell Mill City Show Choir Fes…

IVORYTON — The Ivoryton Playhouse opens its doors for a new season March 18, offering a year full of exciting, affordable, professional theatre. From the First Family of Country to the First Lady of Mystery; from battles among the rose beds to love that lasts forever, the 2020 season has a l…


On a narrow stab of Pismo Beach the waves come in a palm-flat wash, all gold in the tops, where the green sea meets a dazzle of sand.


Some time ago, the Rosca da Rainha had an exclusive audience in Brazil; the scrumptious sweet bread belonged to the upper-class individuals with refined taste and pedigree. Its name accounted for its attitude: the queen’s biscuit.

Like a siren, the pão de queijo’s scent announces its presence loudly throughout the house. Louder than a doorbell, a phone ringing or an alarm clock, the pão de queijo’s warnings cannot be ignored.

In the narrowed channel, slack tide, a mat of kelp, or weed, or salt grass floats along the surface without a notion of its own, captured by the absent-minded tug and turn of eddies between the bars. It drifts, closer. Then, further. Catching in a spiral of water turning, turning, and… Recognition!

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! As a child, and to this day, I like it when Hanukkah overlaps with Christmas as is the case this year.

We are about to embark on the eve of a new decade. An evening of anticipation and celebration, New Years Eve offers us all a time to look back and look forward.


Red-tail faces the sunrise. Hawks in winter always do. Her bright and speckled breast a beacon against the gray of early morning. The land beyond is empty. The hills in silence hug themselves. Even the pallid sun is shivering. But Red-tail is not. Perched high in the blank scrawl of limbs sh…

The sights, shopping stress and especially the smells that make up the “most wonderful time of the year” can make it a real challenge to keep up with your fitness goals. While we might all want to act like Santa, come Dec. 26 - stuffed with cookies, napping in a big recliner - instead, chall…

It’s a good idea to prepare yourself if you plan to see both parts of Mr. Lopez’s play at matinee and evening in the same day. It can be done at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Make certain you’ve had sufficient nourishment to get you through, and you might consider a visit to the rest room befor…