The question becomes what legislators are willing to do to reform the system. Connecticut has some of the highest electric rates in the nation, and though its system is generally reliable, it has repeatedly proven vulnerable to major storms.

I knew the time would come, and probably, regrettably, sooner than later, when my grandchildren wouldn’t be so eager to have outings and sleepovers with us. Actually, the sleepovers have pretty much halted since we downsized and there’s no longer separate upstairs bedrooms with real beds. It…

Trump voters are not inclined to change their minds. Some of them are forever Republicans and will only vote the GOP ticket; they are called hereditary voters. Others can’t stand the Democratic Party nominees, won’t vote for the Libertarian ticket, and will only vote for Trump. Some love Tru…

The coronavirus pandemic has not been tamed, even as Connecticut has seen low infection rates and decreasing hospitalizations in recent months. It’s not just the players at risk, but everyone they might come in contact with, including parents and grandparents.

Henry David Thoreau said “Beware of all endeavors that require new clothes,” and I’m pretty much in tune with that advice. So, when a friend announced she was offering yoga sessions for just $5, I thought I’d give it a try and just wear my most comfortable clothing. I knew mats of some sort …

A while ago, my sister recently shared a photo on her Facebook page: my husband and I all dressed up and posing very professionally, looking, you know, younger — much younger. Seeing myself captured on film always comes as a shock. First of all, I don’t remember at all posing for a professio…

“Life is a roller coaster of highs, lows, hard lefts, hard rights, and even some loop-de-loops. But, know this participation is mandatory as your legacy is the accumulation of what you gave back not what you took out.”

College students can rightfully feel like they’re being cheated. It’s only a brief time in their lives they get to experience anything like campus life, and this is a year unlike any other. But for everyone’s benefit, including their own, they need to show some common sense and respect for b…

My stepdaughter made a commitment to be a vendor at the Norfolk Farmers Market, which runs through October. Then she underwent major reconstructive surgery on her right arm, leaving it in a cast for one-third of the season. Since she wouldn’t be able to exercise the horses at her employer’s …

When I was young and naive and still living in CT, I routinely picked up hitchhikers because they always had great stories of where they’d been. When I did that once in Florida, stopping for a hitcher on the turnpike, he asked my destination and said that would suit him. It was a 214-mile tr…

With so much attention being paid to social distancing inside the schools, it makes little sense to then send students out into close contact with others on the football field, or any other sporting venue. The risks are still too great.

The school year is fast approaching, but there remains time to help out students in need and get them prepared for what has to be considered a likely scenario where some form of distance learning is required

The mitered knitting technique was popularized after the publication of two books by Horst Schultz, Patchwork Knitting and New Patchwork Knitting – Fashion for Children, in 1997. Schultz brought color and imagination to yarn and knitting. His technique employs square, rectangular and fan shapes, and is always colorful.

Hard as he tries, Gov. Ned Lamont can’t guarantee safety to anyone as he undertakes to get Connecticut operating normally again with the virus epidemic diminishing. Largely because of the governor’s use of emergency powers, Connecticut is doing far better than other states, but some people a…

Like most people nowadays, I’m not doing a lot of road trips, but I do have my happy memories. I discovered the Vienna Inn in Southbridge, Mass., while searching for local B&Bs and was immediately smitten. The chef/owner was Austrian, roast boar was on the dinner menu, they promised chef…

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When I moved back to Connecticut after several decades living in south Florida, I wanted to immerse myself in New England, which is pretty much the polar opposite of the tropics. I appreciated that everything was within a couple hours’ drive through beautiful scenery, coastlines, hills and m…

My 45-minute morning walk usually takes place in a park that is relatively smooth and level so I can move briskly. Regularly, to shake things up, I walk in the nearby Audubon Sanctuary which is more adventurous and definitely a rougher trek. It’s a good-sized area with a bordering brook, pon…

There is no good reason for the latest ICE directive, and no evidence that it will improve anyone’s safety or well-being. Instead, it will put people at risk.

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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…