Protecting the grandchildren from Grandma’s gloom

Etiquette: talking with grandma.

Q.  My mother-in-law is the original queen of gloom and doom. My children are now old enough to understand the things she says and I don’t want them exposed to this. It’s not possible to simply not spend time with her to protect them, so what can I say without hurting her feelings? A.  With... ...

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The wonders of watermelon — great in gazpacho

Watermelon is great by the slice, and also in a gazpacho.

“When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat.” — Mark Twain Summer would not be complete without plenty of ripe, juicy watermelon. Well-chilled watermelon is the perfect antidote to sweltering summer heat and humidity. A big slice of that luscious pink flesh will rehydrate the ...

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Boyhood is a remarkable journey through a family’s life

Boyhood, a remarkable movie, says the Reel Dad.

Any parent who savors raising children will feel at home with Richard Linklater’s remarkable Boyhood, a moving tribute to the persistent, seldom appreciated, often frustrating, and always essential difference that parents bring to every year of a child’s life. Without getting caught up in ...

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Too dry for a rainmaker at Sherman Playhouse

The Rainmaker: Jeff Rossman as H.C. Curry, William H. Greenage IV as Noah Curry, Alexis M. Vournazos as Bill Starbuck, Stacy-Lee Frome as Lizzie Curry, and Thomas Ovitt as Jimmy Curry. —Josh Siegel

One could argue that a really good play could easily be performed with no set. And yet sets add so much to the time and ambiance of an era. The same is true for costumes. When you have a really great cast of actors, then you don’t really need costumes. Audiences are so forgiving as... Read More

Some gems on TV, including Cat Ballou

Lee Marvin and his horse in a classic pose in Cat Ballou.

Journeys to outer space, the Wild West, controversies over nuclear power and adjustments to moving from Manhattan to the suburbs highlight the movies available this weekend on broadcast and cable television. Take a look. Apollo 13 (1995) Few experiences illuminate the American spirit as did the ...

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Got a great fishing photo? Could be cover art

Connecticut DEEP is looking for fishing photos.

Pack your camera, dust off your fishing pole, gather friends and family and head to one of Connecticut’s pristine waterways to catch and photograph the most spectacular fish for your entry into the photo contest for the 2015 Connecticut Angler’s Guide.  The winning photo will be featured on the ...

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A toddler’s question requires no apology

Toddler in shopping cart.

Q.  The other day I was in a store with my 2-1/2 year-old in the cart. She suddenly said, in a loud voice, “Mommy! Is that a black man?” The man she pointed at was delightful, laughed, and said, “Why yes, little sweetheart, I am.” I was embarrassed. Should I have apologized? A.  No, there... ...

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