3D Printing is chang...

While attending the Consumer Electronics Show this year, I was blown away with the advances in 3D printing. In previous years, it seemed to have potential, but maybe some years away yet.  I was so wrong. In just 12 months from last year’s show, the technology has exploded and is now touching...

3D Printing – ...

Continued from 3D Printing is changing our world – part one: After the Consumer Electronics show, I wanted to know more about how people are actually using the technology, so I set out to find some ordinary folk using 3D.  I know the astronauts have found ways to create replacement...

3D Printing – ...

After the Consumer Electronics show, I wanted to know more about how people are actually using the technology, so I set out to find some ordinary folk using 3D.  I know the astronauts have found ways to create replacement parts while in space, and doctors are creating prosthetics, but are we...

Grafton, VT – top things to do Mar25

Grafton, VT – top things to do

Getting out and about in Grafton For such a small quaint village, there is an abundance of things to see and do in Grafton. If you are staying at the Grafton Inn or one of its private homes, you get free use of gear at the Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center which you’ll definitely want to check out. Both the Grafton Inn and the outdoor center are owned and operated by the Windham Foundation. Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center When people think of Vermont, they usually think of fall leaves and winter sports. If that’s your idea of Vermont, then Grafton Ponds has to be on your to-do list. Nordic Skiing In this wooded outpost, just south of the village of...

Grafton Inn – one of this country’s oldest inns Mar25

Grafton Inn – one of this country’s oldest inns...

Grafton Inn then In 1801, the original Grafton Inn was a two-story home which was converted to provide food and accommodations for a traveling public. By 1820, it doubled in size and in 1886 the third floor and porches were added. By then, the stagecoach was making runs every other day to and from Bellows Falls, VT.  The town was vibrant and alive. As the twentieth century saw a rise in popularity of motels and hotels serving the motoring public, the inn lost favor with travelers, changing owners frequently. By the early 1960’s, the inn was in a sorry state. Fortunately, the inn had a guardian angel in Dean Mathey, who loved Grafton and had...

Cricut – the B...

Entering the world of Arts & Crafts can be a little intimidating if you don’t have inherent artistic skills.  You say you can’t draw.  You say you can’t even cut a straight line.  No worries, there’s a new best friend you need to meet, and his name is Cricut. Cricut Explore Air The newest...

Three for the road –...

Planning a trip?  Here are three things you probably didn’t plan to pack – but should have.  They’re worth their weight in gold the first time you need them….and they’ll all fit easily in a pocket. Ventev Powercell 6000+ The Ventev Powercell 6000+ is a Li-Ion polymer battery that will...

PowerGenius – world’...

The PowerGenius Rotating Outlet Power Center from Accell has got to be the most useful 6+2 power strip on the market.  With about every other strip I’ve used, there are always a couple outlets that can’t be used because of the plug sizes of many appliances. That’s no longer an issue....

GoFor2+ from IOGEAR ...

Tablets are great fun to use and can be a great tool for work; BUT, they have their shortcomings.  Getting files to play on your tablet from a thumb drive or from a standard-sized SD card can be problematic….until now. IOGear’s GoFor2+ USB OTG Card Reader with Hub The GoFor2+ (Model...

Inateck innovates wi...

Inateck 7 Port USB 3.0 HUB With the proliferation of USB sticks and USB powered devices, there’s hardly a computer around that couldn’t use more USB ports.  One of the handiest I’ve had occasion to use recently is the Inateck 7 Port USB 3.0 HUB. This slideshow requires JavaScript. This 6 inch...

The Manor on Golden Pond – a perfect setting for getting away Mar16

The Manor on Golden Pond – a perfect setting for g...

If you ever wished to live like an oil baron, or perhaps a turn of the century real-estate developer, you might try spending a few days at the Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness, New Hampshire.  The Manor was actually built by Isaac Van Horn, a real estate developer, in 1907.  He and his beautiful debutante bride loved Shepard Hill and the vistas overlooking Squam Lake. Over the years, the estate passed through many hands, once becoming home to Howard Fowler, Life Magazine’s photography editor who ran the Holderness Photographic Colony here during the 1940’s and 50’s. It was finally purchased in 1999 by Mary Ellen & Brian Shields,...

New Signature collec...

As people plan for St. Patrick’s Day, a good number will be traveling across the country to attend the top parades. Unfortunately, air travel causes a number of issues, dry skin being a big one. So how do you arrive at the best of the best Irish parades without dry skin? IRISH SPRING Not just...

Three lights you did...

Every year at the Consumer Electronics Show, one of the things I enjoy most is discovering products that I didn’t know I needed, but are real contributors to how we enjoy life. Of these three I discovered, one will keep your home safe, one will make it magically beautiful and one you’ll find...

Pelican 9420XL LED W...

If you need light, nine times out of ten you want it as bright as you can get it. That’s especially true when you’re off the grid either intentionally or during a power outage.  With the Pelican ProGear Work Lights, you can pack a day’s worth of brilliance anywhere you go. PELICAN 9420XL The...

15 Gadgets you’...

Tuesday was the final day of the 2015 International Home + Housewares Show, so I went looking for gadgets that I thought you might find interesting.  Here are some of the ones that caught my eye as I wandered the exhibit floor.  I’ll be doing full reviews on a number of them in the not too...

11 more great produc...

With three exhibit halls and 2,100 exhibitors, there is no shortage of interesting home and houseware products.  Here are more that caught our attention. Black & Decker Pizza Oven does the most phenomenal job of baking and grilling you’ve ever seen. Spent the evening with Top Chef Spike...