As impeachment again comes to dominate the national news, the twists in the story have been wild and unpredictable. But few could have foreseen a role for a mostly unknown congressional candidate from Connecticut who has already been denounced by his party over unrelated events.

Two recent events came together for me in one epiphany, defined by Merriam-Webster as “an usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something.” Strangely enough, this was on the Twelfth Day of Christmas, which is also known as the Epiphany. When you’re …

Two state lawmakers, one from each party, asked the General Assembly’s banking committee reently, to hold an informational forum on a case now before the Department of Banking — a case that’s stretching the bounds of what we thought a regulatory action could look like.

The issue: A plan that would clear certain criminal records automatically was introduced in 2019 but died in the Connecticut General Assembly. The proposal would only apply to people with nonviolent convictions and would help clear a path to acquiring housing and employment after a sentence …

I have hazel eyes — green with flecks of gold and sometimes blue. According to published statistics, only 8 percent of human beings have hazel eyes, which can change with mood and surroundings. Since they often change color, people with hazel eyes are said to be unpredictable and fun loving.…

For many decades, hosts of individuals have reported seeing mountain lions in Connecticut. But other than the one killed by a motor vehicle on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Milford on June 11, 2011 — the only confirmed presence of a mountain lion in Connecticut in recent times — none of myriad…

The issue: The recently concluded year brought a new raft of environmental concerns for state residents, including one that even many well-informed advocates had never heard of. PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances, are manmade chemicals that are potentially hazar…

My favorite book at age eight was “Alice in Wonderland.” I revisited it in the 1960s when Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane gave it a psychedelic twist and it revived with the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp film interpretation that was even more psychedelic. But nothing can be more phantasmagorical…

If anyone had forgotten the underlying issue behind the never-ending statewide debate on highway tolls, a reminder was issued last week from the Department of Labor, and it told a familiar story. Despite some minor movement on a few indicators, the state’s job situation remains stuck in a ye…

I love the Litchfield Hills — the sound of it (a lot of quietude), the warp and weft of tall trees everywhere, curving byways, ups and downs and a herd of cows watching as you walk by their pasture. I also appreciate that very few people fence-in their homes. It wasn’t like that in Florida.

The job of University of Connecticut President Thomas Katsouleas, who was appointed to his position in February and took over in August, could not be more important. In leading the state’s flagship university, he has a vital role in developing the next generation of the state’s workforce and…

I believe what we drink says more about us than we know. At an early age, I was lapping up the dregs of holiday blackberry brandy from Waterford Crystal goblets. My family was large and Irish; certainly, I was a woman destined to appreciate a good drink.

The lawmakers are doing it. The candidates are doing it. The mass media are doing it. All are excluding from their arenas the leading citizen groups as never before, since the early 1960s. The nonprofit national advocacy/research organizations that led the way for social reforms are being sh…

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.…

Chris Murphy was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, defeating Republican Linda McMahon. He was re-elected last year, facing only token opposition and, as such, is not due to face Connecticut voters again until 2024, which is several political lifetimes from now.

Eight days after moving into my new apartment, I awoke to find that my kitten had disappeared. Darlin’ wasn’t happy to be uprooted from the home she had known for five months, refusing to eat or speak (she’s always been very vocal).

The issue: When a woman files a temporary restraining order against her partner, she is most vulnerable to violence. Yet in this country the partner is allowed to keep firearms until the restraining order becomes permanent by court order. The consequences can be deadly.

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.

Another school shooting, this time on Thursday. Two students shot dead by a classmate. This time, it was in California. This time, a 16-year-old boy packed a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol in his backpack on his birthday and shot it six times in the school quad.

When I returned to my home state of Connecticut after several decades of living in south Florida, my husband and I made several house hunting trips to Litchfield County. We used all our frequent flyer miles and some donated by friends. We looked at every available home in our price range — C…

The issue: An increasing number of school-age children in Connecticut are not getting vaccinated against childhood diseases that if contracted could be physically debilitating or life-threatening. A rise in religious exemptions from the mandatory vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella has d…

The idea of offering economic incentives for companies to move to or grow in Connecticut has usually been viewed as a necessary evil. Even supporters of programs like former Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s First Five, which lavished millions of dollars on companies that may have had no intention of …

I was very curious when entrepreneur and visionary Russell Barton took on the challenging task of turning the Litchfield jail, dating back to 1812, into a contemporary mix of retail, businesses and apartments. It wasn’t just the logistics of making the project happen, it was the fact that th…