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‘Quality Boredom’

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Keep a good book nearby; learn to whittle; turn on the radio. Why? Sugaring introduces a lot of... Read More »

A Logger’s Life | First Light

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Behind the romance of curling woodsmoke, being a logger is one tough profession. Our wood chart shows you... Read More »

Best 5 Classic Baseball Fields

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Contributing editor Jim Collins wrote about fields of dreams in The Last Best League (Da Capo Press, 2004),... Read More »

Book Reviews: The Missing Fathers Club

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A traveling father, a runaway father, a silent father, and a father who never shows up: These are... Read More »

Closing In

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To decipher whether your syrup is almost done boiling, stick a clean straightedge into your pan–a wide knife,... Read More »

Cold Turkey Plunge in Nantucket | Only in New England

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It’s admittedly counterintuitive, calling the sensation of wearing almost no clothing in 20° to 30° air and 38°... Read More »

Community Supports Farm After Accident

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In April 2006, at the start of the planting season, John Augustin had a tractor accident. It was... Read More »

Drill, Baby, Drill

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You’ll never suck enough sap from a tree to kill it, but you can injure it if you... Read More »

Essence of Emu

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The emu, like its cousin the ostrich, is a strange bird: 5 to 6 feet tall and 90... Read More »

Global Warming and Fall Foliage

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Here in northern New England, the color comes on slowly, almost furtively. The first leaves turn — on... Read More »

Hints on Finding Your Own Ski House

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We asked Boston-based Maureen Grady, a veteran cold-weather weekend warrior, for tips on finding the perfect ski house.... Read More »

Holiday Tradition | Christmas Pageant

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In 1909, a young New Hampshire farm girl named Lucy Wells looked forward all fall to the event... Read More »

Hot & Heavy

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The hotter the fire, the better, says Morse, who recommends soft-wood slabs to feed the flames. “Simmering is... Read More »

How to Teach Your Kid to Ski | Expert Advice

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Barbara Ann Cochran grew up at Cochran’s Ski Area (cochranskiarea.org), a small operation in Richmond, Vermont, that her... Read More »

Insider’s Touch

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Syrup reaches the right sugar concentration when it’s boiling at 7° above its initial boiling point, which in... Read More »

Iron Skillet Toss Competition

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Among the country-fair staples of hog calling, log rolling, tractor pulling, and other rural feats, is the iron... Read More »

Knowledge & Wisdom: Beauty in Unexpected Places

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Steve Erickson creates works of sculptural art from what Nature has already sculpted herself. And to him the... Read More »

Knowledge & Wisdom: How to Drive in Winter

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Tim O’Neil is trying to save the world, one driver at a time. For the past 27 years,... Read More »

Knowledge & Wisdom: How to Sound Like a New Englander

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Thom Jones likes the sound of other people’s voices. As a dialect coach for the Trinity Repertory Company... Read More »

New England By the Numbers: Mt. Washington Auto Road

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24:37.6 minutes/seconds: record Auto Road time set by Harry Harkness in the first “Climb to the Clouds” race,... Read More »

New England By the Numbers: The Great Molasses Flood

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1/15/1919 day a giant molasses tank in Boston’s North End exploded, gushing more than 2 million gallons of... Read More »

North Bennet Street School | Local Treasure

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The power-tool room at the North Bennet Street School is cramped, to say the least. Shaped like an... Read More »

Quick Time

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Reduce boiling time by sticking your sap in a freezer, long enough so that its outer edges begin... Read More »

Recycle, Reuse

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You don’t need those postcard-perfect (and expensive) metal buckets to collect your sap. Morse says plastic milk jugs... Read More »

Restaurant Review: The Belted Cow

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The Belted Cow Bistro’s chef/owner, John Delpha, earned his culinary stripes in some of Boston’s best kitchens. These... Read More »

Running Tips from Four-Time Boston Marathon Winner Bill Rodgers

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Bill Rodgers knows marathons. In the 1970s and early 1980s, no other runner dominated the sport as he... Read More »

Season’s Must-Haves: Electric Bicycle

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The eGO Cycle is emissions-free, nearly silent, and easy to ride. (Remember how comfy the saddle seat of... Read More »



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