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September 28, 2016

I find it a source of great comfort that pretty much every culture, every cuisine has its own interpretation of chicken soup.

The Mexican version in particular speaks to me, scented with chilies and spices such as cumin and coriander, riddled with slightly softened tortilla chips.

In Mexico, whole…


Hundreds of Romanian couples cash in on lasting love

September 27, 2016

BUCHAREST, Romania — A district of the Romanian capital celebrated hundreds of couples who have been married for at least half a century by handing out cash awards and inviting them to a joint lunch Monday.

Bucharest's fifth district town hall said it has given each golden anniversary couple…


Goodbye to homework for some elementary schools and classes

September 26, 2016

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — Guess what, kids? No homework. Really. All year.

A small-but-growing number of elementary schools and individual teachers are doing away with the after-school chore to allow children more time to play, participate in activities, spend time with families, read and sleep.…


Modern communication amazes a landline generation grandmother

September 25, 2016

My 11-year-old granddaughter got an iPhone for her birthday. I thought she was a little young for her own cellphone, but what do I know? All her friends seem to have them, too.

I remember a time when an entire family shared one telephone, what is now called a “landline,” and kids were…