This is a tale from several years back, but I saw a field mouse running across the road when I picked up the morning paper and I now think of it as a happy memory.

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.

There are many reasons why loser Trump refuses to concede. Yes, delusion has been the counterfeit coin of his fantasy realm — “I won this election by a lot” he tweeted with all caps last Saturday. In his fevered mind — nourished by a bullying career — all victories are his triumphs, and all …

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.

Many Americans can picture this image: retiring after years of hard work and to live out the rest of life peacefully without the stress of work and obligations, spending each morning sitting in a rocking chair on the porch reading the newspaper and enjoying quiet days. Many people hope to de…

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…

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…

Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board predicts “reckoning if domestic violence is not recognized as part of the challenge in trying to heal from the pandemic.”

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…

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

Just when I think I’ve got this “new normal” in stride — plenty of face masks, double-downing on the distancing when among or approaching strangers, rising in the dark to be the first one at the supermarket — a new wrinkle rears its head.

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…