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I often get a lot of people that are reluctant to start medications for different things, but we still need to do something. There is a really great place for holistic medicine during this ‘“in-between” phase, and also that we can add on when our current medications just aren’t quite cutting…

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Cardamom is one of my favorite spices, and I’m always finding new ways to use more of it. So I figured, why not add it into something I enjoy every day and make cardamom flavored coffee? It turns out, this is a common flavor of Thai Coffee.

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While it’s Stanley Cup playoff season in my house, good books about hockey are few and far between. It’s also baseball season, and there is an absolute embarrassment of riches when it comes to baseball books. Because there are so many, there are also hugely specialized categories of baseball…

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It is now officially autumn — time for leaf-peeping, cider pressing, and of course, the first cold viruses of the season. I have a 4-year-old daughter and a 7-month-old son, and with my daughter’s entrance into preschool this year, the little ones have had two colds already since the start o…

TV Review

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Let’s start with what “Shrill” isn’t: it isn’t a show about a fat woman taking pratfalls or being a cruel, easy punchline. It’s a confident, gently funny, slice-of-life show that benefits from the streaming model, where niche shows can find an audience, as it explores issues and characters y…

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In Silicon Valley, the old adage “fake it ’til you make it” is often a guiding principle of fledgling startup companies. Sometimes, turning a good idea into a viable business and, potentially, revolutionizing society, requires a bit of smoke and mirrors. The danger, of course, is knowing how…

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Watching “Arrested Development” is a lot like hanging out with an old friend. No matter how long you’ve been apart, you’re always happy to see them. And, like spending time with an old friend, that pull of nostalgia and shared memories makes it easy to fall into the same old routine. But at …

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Growing up reading “X-Men” comic books, I never really considered the psychological toll fighting crime and saving the world would have on the young super-powered characters that often populated the teams. With few exceptions, the books often glossed over how traumatizing all that violence a…

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It’s difficult to critique longstanding institutions. Over time, aged bodies like the Catholic Church or Congress become so towering and entrenched that even the sharpest criticisms tend to bounce off them or are waved off by defenders who dismiss them as subjective, petty, facile or ignoran…

Local

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When I first viewed Phil Whitman’s painting, “Ned Drawing in my Office,” I knew that I wanted to interview him. The sense of intense concentration on the child’s face drew me in completely and made me curious about the artist behind the portrait.

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There’s a new clerk in West Haven. That may not seem like such a change in the little town with about 250 residents, but Town Clerk Carol Richards has just stepped down after 52 years, and she said her predecessor, Alta Brown, put in about 50 years as well.

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When you walk into the Chaffee Art Center, the history and the art consume you. Also, you will see Sherri Berkheimer Rooker and her dog Luigi running the art center. Originally from Wells, Rooker has dedicated many years to Art in the Park and now is executive director of Chaffee Art Center.…

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Years ago when he was in high school, Peter Wallis volunteered at the Chaffee Art Center. It was his first experience around real artists, and it helped him to believe he could have a career in the arts. He returned during graduate school as the education director, and today exhibits all ove…

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In some parts of the United States, finding enormous bones in the course of farm work and construction is not uncommon. Mammoths and mastodons are well-known from the Midwest and Western states, notes Dartmouth College archaeologist Nathaniel Kitchel. These Ice Age relatives of today’s eleph…