Health

Ask the Doctors: Should I roll my baby back over?

Dear Readers: Welcome to the launch of a new column - "Ask the Doctors." Together with a colleague, we take over for "Ask Doctor K," in which Dr. Anthony Komaroff dispensed timely advice and guidance to readers. We plan to continue in this same …

Musings on Mortality: It's OK if grief creeps in during holidays

I was recently invited to speak at a Death Cafe in Kingston, N.Y., about grief and the holidays. The Death Cafe is a movement throughout the country where people come together of their own free will to talk about death, loss, end-of-life care, etc. …

Ask Dr. K: Cancer risk soars with hookah smoking

DEAR DOCTOR K: You recently wrote about e-cigarettes not being safe for teens. What about hookahs? I don't completely understand what they are. Are they OK for my teen? I think he might be smoking them. DEAR READER: A hookah is a water pipe …
Food

Chewy molasses cookies are perfect for the holidays

Holidays equal platters and tins of festive-looking cookies. Cookies with colored icing, cookies with sprinkles, cookies with fillings, cookies with layers. An artistic cookie display is a thing of beauty, that I'll not argue, but I'll reach …

Make chocolate rosemary biscotti for a snack or a gift

I remember the first party I ever hosted. I was 5 and my mom invited all of my kindergarten girlfriends and their moms for a holiday singing gathering. We knoshed on homemade cookies dunked in hot cocoa made from packets of powder dissolved in …

Sneaky ingredient makes fondue that's healthy

Cheese fondue is the ultimate winter comfort food. Living in France in my early 30s, I fell in love with the classic recipe made with crisp white wine and nutty gruyere cheese. One of my favorite spots in Paris was a restaurant whose named …
Outdoors
Stargazers: Measure the stars with a parallax

Astronomers quickly become used to dealing with huge numbers. For example, in any one lecture, I might declare that the sun emits some 400 billion trillion watts of power each second, that our Milky Way Galaxy contains hundreds of billions of …

There's still time to dry out herbs

Prepare your ground now for wildflowers

Naturewatch: Do red-winged blackbirds stick around for winter?

Stargazers: We travel 66,000 mph around the sun

Entertainment
You Asked: Where can you get your fill of local craft beer?

Q: Where can you find craft breweries in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont? A: Whether you want to stock your fridge or give a growler this holiday season, there are several options and opportunities to share local libations. From …

Eco-friendly ideas: Save your leftovers and the planet

You Asked: Why do we have an electoral college?

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