Two winter walks, connected by the Saugatuck

Dawn at Bennetts Pond State Park in Ridgefield. —Rob McWilliams photo

There are no hard-and-fast rules for what makes a hike versus what amounts to just a walk. Many adventurers have called their punishing foot-journeys “walks”. Take John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club. He wrote a book called A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf. And there is nothing to say that a ...

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Ring in the New Year — naturally!

Chicken broth is the basis for a delicious and naturally healthy soup.

“Another fresh new year is here… Another year to live! To banish worry, doubt and fear, To laugh and love and give!” —William Arthur Ward There is something so wonderfully restorative about a New Year! The New Year gives us a joyous opportunity to begin anew, to rewind after a hectic ...

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Unwelcome invitations; email etiquette

Questions of email.

Q.  What is the best way to turn down an invitation to something you don’t want to do or somewhere you don’t want to go? A. Honesty is usually, as always, the best policy. “Wow, thanks for thinking of us Ann, but we are amusement park-avoiders, so I’ll say no, but will hope we can... Read More

Forever: The mother of a memoir

Playwright/performer Dael Orlandersmith is presenting the world premiere of ‘Forever,’ her newest play, Jan. 2-Feb. 1 on Stage II at Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven. For tickets, call 203-787-4282 or visit longwharf.org/forever

If you could choose your own family, who would be in it? That’s the premise of Dael Orlandersmith’s riveting theater piece, Forever. Jim Morrison, Collette, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Proust, Eugene O’Neill, these, she declares, are her true family. They are the ones who made her what she is. ...

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Fettucine Alfredo — a most appealing dish

Fetuccine Alfredo is an appealing cold-weather treat.

Fettuccine Alfredo bears the name of its creator Alfredo di Lelio who operated a restaurant in Rome. Legend has it that he improvised a basic pasta dish with butter and cheese so that his pregnant wife (who was suffering from morning sickness) would find it appealing enough to eat. Apparently ...

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Dress codes; a widower’s ring

Is a ring forever?

Q.  What does “casual attire” mean on an invitation? A.  This generally means that men wear slacks, not jeans, and an open neck shirt, with a sweater, usually, in the winter; no sport coat necessary. Women wear slacks, not jeans, or a skirt if they prefer, with an informal shirt or top; no ...

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2015 Kia Soul EV: All-electric, decent range

2015 Kia Soul EV.

Kia took a bold leap into the electric-vehicle market by bolting a 109-horsepower electric motor into its second-most-popular model, the Soul. Expected to become available in Connecticut in 2015, the electric Soul has more range than many EVs – 93 miles – so it actually brings a degree of ...

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