Saturday, January 28, 2023

Shoreline Living

Life & Style • Published May 19, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Gather Ye Dive Bars While Ye May

Like the groundhog peeking up out of his hidey hole to see if there’s a shadow, I emerge from my winter lair. I’m ready for an old-time night out, circa 2019.I go with Fisher...

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Life & Style • Published March 17, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Fool’s Spring

They call it “Fool’s Spring.” Deep down I know it won’t last, but when it arrives every year, I’m the biggest fool for it.Fool’s Spring lulls the...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 17, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Groundhog Days

It starts from across the room and then moves toward me. It’s the sound of...something. I don’t know what it is, but I do know it’s coming in my direction, and I don’t...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 23, 2021 09:25 a.m.

Oh, Christmas Bush

There is a Christmas tree shortage. Yes, it’s another COVID Christmas and this year the supply chain is affecting trees as well as ornaments and gift items. The one thing there...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 19, 2021 09:16 a.m.

In Between Days

As I walk toward the shop, there’s an inferno of color rustling above my head. Reds, oranges, yellows. The leaves are at peak and a steady breeze loosens some, causing them to drift to the...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 21, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Stranger Thing

The Connecticut shoreline can be downright spooky at this time of year. Driving down local backroads, you see old houses that look like they’d be a perfect habitat for things that go bump...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 23, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Soggy Fest

They dance across the lawn like two garden fairies, through the flooded grass, bathed in weak moonlight. Who could be angry as these two sprites twirl into view? No one. That’s good because ...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 19, 2021 12:01 a.m.

An August State of Mind

“See that?” she says. “The light is changing.”“No, it’s not,” I reply with a smile.Mom looks over and smiles back. “The light...

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Life & Style • Published July 22, 2021 12:01 a.m.

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Sometimes a conversation says it all. I hear this one at the local post office.“So, you know my truck is out of commission, right?”“Yeah....

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Life & Style • Published June 17, 2021 12:01 a.m.

It’s Weird to Be Normal

The lilacs are in full bloom and the pollen is turning everything yellow. So, it must look odd that I’m carrying an arm full of packages with Santas and wreaths all over them. In this...

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Life & Style • Published May 20, 2021 12:01 a.m.


It should feel like dawn. I’ve gotten my second vaccine shot and am drifting through the two-week waiting period until I’m considered fully vaccinated. It should feel like that time...

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Life & Style • Published April 22, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Off to Oz

It’s dark and the wind is yowling. The entire house shakes as gusts beat at the walls like twin fists and rattle the windows. I sit at my laptop and tap keys then squint at the screen....

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Life & Style • Published March 18, 2021 12:01 a.m.

The Big Question

I’ve reached a rather strange and unhappy anniversary. The last time I ate inside a restaurant was a year ago. I had a blue martini and oysters stuffed with lobster. I figured that it would ...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Forever and a Day

So it’s come to this. I’m pushing a giant piece of furniture across the rug, wondering if I’m going to like where I put it. I sure do hope so, because moving it is like moving ...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 14, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Into the Waves

Well, I’m glad that’s over.It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m at Club Couch with Netflix as my date. This, of course, is not what I would have pictured last...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 10, 2020 12:01 a.m.


This year I’m haunted by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.When I think of Christmas past, as in 2019, I think of gatherings. I think of chilly black nights, rushing...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 12, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Dancing in the Dark

You know that dream you have where you’re in school and you suddenly realize there’s a class you haven’t attended all year? Not only that, there’s a test?I was a ...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 15, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Pandemic Persona

I don’t know about you all, but since this pandemic got started, I feel like I’m a different person. So different that I’m compelled to name my new, unwelcome pandemic persona....

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 10, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Tornado To Do

Ever click your heels three times only to realize that you’re wearing the wrong shoes?What occurs that afternoon is later classified as a “microburst,” but let me be...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 13, 2020 12:01 a.m.


In the pandemic version of Footloose, Kevin Bacon is not the hero. Sorry, Kevin. These are strange times indeed and the heroes are the people you wouldn’t expect.There are...

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Life & Style • Published June 11, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Riding Route 1

What a long, strange trip to nowhere this has been. Like most of us on the shoreline, I’ve been staying put. My car voyages have been short and local. I’ve hardly even had to stop...

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Life & Style • Published May 14, 2020 12:01 a.m.

The Little Things

Even in the middle of a pandemic, it can sometimes be about the little things. Here are some little things that I’ve noticed as we’ve all been coping with this odd new world.I ...

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Life & Style • Published April 16, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Love in the Time of COVID-19

I lay down on the table and wait for the needle stick. It’s not bad at all. Just a little pinch. No, I’m not being tested for COVID-19. Not yet. I’m giving blood. I give blood ...

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Life & Style • Published March 12, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Trivial Matters

It’s getting later in the evening and the tension is peaking. We’re all leaned forward, eyeballing each other and whispering. Do you know? No? Do you? I might. Really? Okay, what do...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 13, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Ray of Hope

My phone buzzes as I’m on the couch with a scary novel clutched in my hands. I jump a little at the sound. My heavy quilt falls to the floor as I reach for the phone. While I’m...

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