American Sniper brings the realities of war home

Bradley Cooper in The American Sniper.

At age 84, Clint Eastwood reminds us that, no matter the war, too many soldiers face challenging battles when they come home. While his film American Sniper may advertise itself as the story of one military hero, the director focuses on how our nation fails to support all of our military ...

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Signed & sealed!

Sealing wax — how to use it.

Q.  I got a monogrammed stamp and sealing wax as a gift and can’t wait to use it for notes and invitations, but want to know if this is acceptable? A.  It’s great! There is a resurgence of interest in adding a waxed seal to mailing envelopes and lots of resources for ordering a personal... Read More

Some favorites from 2014

2014 Subaru BRZ Premium

In 2014, we had the privilege of driving several breakthrough models, some featuring high technology, others reflecting a new direction for familiar automakers. Here are the best of the sedans and sporty cars; next week we’ll feature sport-utility vehicles and our Car of the Year. TOY ...

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Counting down to the Oscars: previous winners

Viola Davis in The Help.

As we count down to Oscar, broadcast and cable outlets offer movie choices with Academy Award pedigrees. Take a look at what’s available on broadcast and cable television this weekend. Funny Girl (1968) When Barbra Streisand traveled to Hollywood, in 1967, to begin filming the movie version of ...

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A whodunnit comedy, emphasis on comedy

Dick Terhune and Holly Martin star in The Thirty-Nine Steps in Torrington.

Whether being chased on the roof of a train or handcuffed to a woman who wants to report him to the police at every possible opportunity, Richard Hannay manages to get himself out of trouble almost as easily as he gets into it in a production of The Thirty-Nine Steps at the Warner Theatre, ...

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Yummm — Chocolate Expo on Sunday

The 2015 Chocolate Expo at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will be Sunday, Jan. 25.

Soulful A long-standing tradition, the participation of the Serendipity Chorale in a musical worship service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be repeated on Friday, Jan. 23, at 7 at Ridgefield’s Temple Shearith Israel, 46 Peaceable Street. Gigi Van Dyke, who leads the chorale, and ...

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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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