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I am so grateful that 50-odd years ago, my father was the second person to purchase a plot of land on Lake Ashuelot in Washington, New Hampshire. For years, he joined his buddies on hunting trips to the area, staying at a tiny cabin on another nearby lake. His friend who owned the tiny cabin…

Little Free Libraries are popping up all over Torrington. My car was filled with donated books and off I went to fill the book boxes with my friend and fellow steward, Marsha Miles. We picked a great day since it was the last day of school and kids were on campus to pick up whatever they lef…

On my early morning walk, I greeted the robins along the path and noticed a larger creature in the meadow. What I took to be a squirrel turned into a gray cottontail who freeze-framed until I was nearly next to him. When I took one more step, he/she disappeared in the tall grass. I came at t…

I recently covered a story that was situated on such a lovely, large property, the only means to truly capture it was by drone photography. That brought to mind when I asked my brother to take some aerial photos of our house when we were selling.

I come from a gearhead family. The definition given by the Urban Slang dictionary is “mechanically inclined enthusiasts who as a hobby or pastime like to work on cars, performance equipment such as hot rods or race equipment.” This is my heritage.

Among the many events being canceled due to the pandemic, local fairs will probably be the most missed. When I moved back to Connecticut, I found that you never really leave your birthplace. It was late summertime and when my sister asked if I wanted to “go to the fair,” more-than-half-forgo…

Memorial Day was always the official beginning of summer, thoughts about fallen soldiers and a delightful picnic with my family while my father and uncle tried to get the Indy 500 on the radio. This year, the celebrations and ceremonies were either canceled or greatly limited. I was lucky to…

The images coming from Minneapolis are alarming — a violent response to a brutal killing of a black man by a white police officer. We are blind, though, if we think what is going on in the middle of the country could not happen here.

Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has allowed large corporations to run rampant, exploit people, and get away with it. Trump considers himself above the law, boldly claiming, “I have an Article 2, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.” For more information about Tr…

It seems like just yesterday that I was visiting the Morris Public Library, watching small children frenetically paw through boxes filled with wildly colored little bricks, mini-figures and what resembled palm trees and wee wheels. Soon there were recognizable works of art emerging, such as …

No one questions why restaurateurs are urging the governor to move quickly to allow indoor dining to resume. With outdoor accommodations set to reopen in less than a week, and with everything other than takeout and delivery impermissible since mid-March, owners and employees alike are eager …

I always say, “It takes a village” when I list all the hands it takes to make each book box into a Little Free Library. Since we are all staying in our homes, I am grateful to the artists who are in their studios with time to help our mission. Our goal is to bring Little Free Libraries to ci…

Back in the day, really, in the wayback machine, I loved honing the culinary arts from an early age. Custard, served in special custard cups, was a favorite, and I was determined to master the perfect penuche fudge. My mother was a talented cook and outstanding baker, specializing in wedding…

I co-wrote a book with my sister many years ago that, sadly never saw the light of the printed page. The working title was “Iguana” — I think because the opening chapter featured one of those creatures, but also because there were plenty of these reptiles in the Virgin Islands and Martinique…

A day that brought anticlimactic news about the premature end of the state legislative session was accompanied this week by a bombshell for sessions of the future. House Republican leader Themis Klarides, of Derby, announced she would not seek another term in office this year, though she did…

It’s been a while since I’ve been asked for my resume, but it happened recently. That would make most people think back on all the jobs they held and excelled at, but it just inspired me to begin counting all the times I had stormed out or was shown the door out from some company large or sm…

I go to the largest supermarket now, the better to maintain my self-imposed 10 feet of distancing, and go at 6 a.m. to thin the crowd. I have my little list all mapped out for efficient grab and go, always use the self-check-out on the end, and move as quickly as possible out the door.