I began my morning in the usual way: got my newspaper, got my mail at the post office, and headed out to the running track where I do fast walking on the outer track, which is intended for use by owners walking their dogs or parents pushing a stroller. It’s uplifting that I can beat the pace…

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For several years, I intermittently joined an evolving group of women in a day-long writing retreat held in a charmingly reimagined 1700s home near the Salisbury, CT-Millerton, NY border. Our leader gave us a “prompt” to write about, and the idea was not to take your pen off the paper until …

After living in my new apartment for a couple months, I decided to have a get-together with friends and my next-door neighbors. When I first moved to Litchfield 21 years ago, I did the same thing — invited my Connecticut relatives and the previous tenants to our new home with an open house. …

I now have a “pet” black bird. He/she could be a crow or a raven, and appears to live in the large tree in my backyard. I call him Black Bird; not very imaginative, but he/she seems to respond to the name.

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I grew up on a subsistence farm in a small, rustic Connecticut town. In addition to the crops my father and abutting grandfather grew, my mother, just like my grandmother, always had flowers in the spring: gladiolas, roses, pansies. They weren’t edible, but they brought some color and joy to…

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It all began with a new Facebook friend named Rose, followed by a chance meeting at the Morris Marketplace one sunny Sunday, then a get-together for Chai and Chat. That was the launch for me falling down the rabbit hole of Little Free Library madness.

During the thirty years I lived in South Florida, I met my share of “characters.” In retrospect, though, none of them could beat the dyed-in-the-wool, stubborn, independent and odd Yankees I have known in Connecticut.

I have been waiting until I lose some of the pandemic pounds before I post a new “selfie” on Facebook. I had been doing daily exercises, a combined hour-and-a-half of fast walking in two venues, eating veggie burgers and Lord help me, kale salads. Nevertheless, it’s painfully slow, albeit me…

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.…