Every morning for the past several weeks, I search my kitchen for signs of life . . . specifically, a small round body painted red with black polka dots, powered by little bent-stick legs. This adorable creature has captivated my attention, and although I’ve noticed ladybugs in the house bef…

There’s a convoluted history to John Lennon’s most intriguing and fantastical song. Lennon admitted he was influenced by an LSD experience, plus Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, but claimed it was not intended as a “drug song.” Allegedly, John Lennon’s young son drew his own fantastical …

You might think that the song “Blue Christmas” originated with Elvis Presley, but although the King made it hugely popular, it first hit #1 on the charts eight years earlier, recorded by The Grand Ole Opry Star Ernest Tubb. Up until then, Tubb was most famous for “Walking the Floor Over You.…

I wrote my husband’s obituary and sent it to the local newspaper for placement. The quick reply gave me the sobering cost and I quickly decided to post it on my Facebook page instead since pretty much everyone who would want to know is a FB friend.

  • Comments

If you were among candidates for Connecticut’s General Assembly who came up short on the ballot, thank you for running. The process is exhausting and you all deserve applause for putting your name on the line.

One Sunday several years ago, I was reading aloud with the congregation when my husband turned in my direction with a decidedly quizzical expression. He made a sotto voce comment which prompted me to poke his side, indicating “No talking!” He shrugged; I kept reading. We sat down, listened t…

My career in writing, public relations and marketing began in rural Connecticut at the age of 10 or so, when I punched out a newsletter on my mother’s old Remington typewriter, then peddled it door-to-door. The neighbors were mostly my relatives and no one knew who I was writing about until …

It’s been 10 years now since my Pomeranian passed away after sharing our lives for 17 years. I came to the certainty that although it’s painful to lose a beloved pet, it’s also a testament to that loving companionship to seek another pet. Although Reni came to us as a purebred puppy from a v…

  • Comments

Though the entire state has learned to take healthy precautions over the threat of COVID-19, the fear is especially acute at nursing homes. During the virus’ first wave in the spring, it was people in nursing homes who faced the greatest danger, and the death toll was disproportionately high…

I left Connecticut at an early age and spent several decades happily living in South Florida. Then, one afternoon in Pembroke Pines when I was preparing a small Thanksgiving dinner for two with roast goose, I broke into tears. Since my family members lived in Connecticut and I only saw them …

I’d like to think that I take good care of my overall health with a daily power walk, 50 sit-ups, vitamins, and avoiding foods with evil ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, BHA, GMO, MSG, etc. (OK, in the interest of full disclosure, I do the sit-ups using a res…

  • Comments

Other states that match Connecticut’s proposed new standards have brownfields problems of their own, for a simple reason — if developers don’t see an economic payoff in a property, they aren’t going to invest in its rehabilitation