Awkward conversations; over-friendly dogs; intrusive questions

Q.  What do I do when in a group of people who are gossiping about other people or taking a stance on a subject and I totally disagree with them but don’t know them well enough to take my own stance?   A. The easiest, and often wisest thing to do is to not participate... Read More

A meal for Mother’s Day

A very special filet mignon for Mom.

It is early morning and the house is very still. The sun is starting to rise, and I can feel its warmth through the window of the kitchen door. “Wow, where are all the fingerprints? Someone must have cleaned it before they went to bed.” What a great way to start Mother’s Day,” I say... Read More

Lion’s Head to Bear Mountain on a cold spring day

The view north from Lion's Head on the Appalachian Trail in northwest Connecticut.

I began to doubt that trail conditions this March 28th were going to be as expected when I had to put chains on my boots just to cross the parking lot to the privy. It was an Appalachian Trail privy, the sort that gets you wondering what you’d do if your car keys fell through... Read More

Need another Kevin Costner fix?

With spring finally here, television offers a range of movies when you want a break from the fresh air. Check out these offerings on broadcast and cable this weekend.   Moneyball (2011) If you check out the new Kevin Costner film Draft Day — a movie that could be titled “Moneyball Lite” — ...

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Draft Day: Fun football fantasy

Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner in 'Draft Day.'

At our house, the “guilty pleasure” is a staple in the movie diet. While we love to savor nutritional films, we rarely turn down the opportunity to devour cinema junk food, the kind of movie that begs for popcorn, provides nothing but empty calories, and hits the spot for mindless movie ...

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Proper address; Breaking up by text?!

 Q.  My grandmother taught me that you address correspondence to a widow using her husband’s name, as in Mrs. John Doe. Is that still correct?  How do you address a divorcé?   A.  It is still correct and traditional to address a widow as Mrs. John Doe, particularly if you don’t know her ...

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Athol Fugard catches his long shadow at Long Wharf

Actor and playwright: Athol Fugard wrote and appears in ‘The Shadow of the Hummingbird’ at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven.

It’s not the first time that Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven presented the world premiere of an Athol Fugard play. “The Shadow of the Hummingbird” now playing at Long Wharf is being treated to a beautifully staged production of his latest work. The master playwright, soon to be 82 years old, ...

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