Health

Processed foods aren't all bad - it's how they're made

Ah, processed foods. The term has become a sweeping generalization for anything that comes in a bag or a box. Even my nutrition advice usually includes the general statement "eat less processed food and choose fresh food instead." But that sentence …

Ask the Doctors: Patient care top priority for all doctors

Q: Do hospitalized patients really get better care from female doctors compared to men, as a new study — and now many headlines — claim? A: My initial reaction when I saw this study was one of denial. As a man, I viewed the study — …

Ask the Doctors: Exercise - indoors or outdoors - is always good

Q: Is walking or running on a treadmill as good as walking or running on concrete streets or sidewalks? A: This is an interesting question, because the definition of "as good as" is quite ambiguous. Good can be defined as having cardiovascular, or …
Food

For fall-apart pork shoulder cook low and slow

I was talking with a friend about perfect meals for entertaining, and we went through the usual suspects: lasagnas, chili, tenderloins. And then he mentioned that his favorite go-to entertaining dish was a pork butt or shoulder left in a low oven …

Margaret Button: Snow: If you can't beat it, just eat it

The past week brought to mind the winters of my childhood, where the snow piles were way over my head (OK, I was a lot shorter back then ...) and a heavy snowstorm brought not only a day off from school, but a day of sledding. Back then, school …

Say 'I love you' with breakfast in bed

Show your true, straight-from-the-heart affection for a loved one this Valentine's Day with breakfast in bed.Simple or fancy, nothing says "Be Mine" like serving up the most important meal of the day to your special someone sitting up under the …
Outdoors
Stargazers |On the Wings of Pegasus: Spotting the celestial unicorn

Among the stars of the night sky lie constellations that derive from real and imaginary people, animals and objects, but rarely can anyone trace the images they represent. Take, for example, the flying steed known as Pegasus. I defy anyone to look …

Thom Smith | Naturewatch: eBirds is good guide for beginning bird watchers

Stargazers: Penumbral lunar eclipse on view Friday

A genetic fix to put the taste back in tomatoes

Thom Smith | Naturewatch: Where do birds sleep on cold winter nights?

Entertainment
It's not too early to think spring: 4 steps to start seedlings

The weather outside may be frightful, but starting your vegetable garden inside is a delightful way to get a jump on the 2017 outdoor growing season in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont.Whether you're a seasoned green thumb or all thumbs when it …

What exactly is an executive order?

Be picky about who does your taxes

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