On a narrow stab of Pismo Beach the waves come in a palm-flat wash, all gold in the tops, where the green sea meets a dazzle of sand.

IVORYTON — The Ivoryton Playhouse opens its doors for a new season March 18, offering a year full of exciting, affordable, professional theatre. From the First Family of Country to the First Lady of Mystery; from battles among the rose beds to love that lasts forever, the 2020 season has a l…

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I have learned a lot from teaching yoga over the last decade, but I have learned the most from teaching Baby Yoga! Babies have a way of making everything so pure and simple.


Some time ago, the Rosca da Rainha had an exclusive audience in Brazil; the scrumptious sweet bread belonged to the upper-class individuals with refined taste and pedigree. Its name accounted for its attitude: the queen’s biscuit.

Like a siren, the pão de queijo’s scent announces its presence loudly throughout the house. Louder than a doorbell, a phone ringing or an alarm clock, the pão de queijo’s warnings cannot be ignored.

In the narrowed channel, slack tide, a mat of kelp, or weed, or salt grass floats along the surface without a notion of its own, captured by the absent-minded tug and turn of eddies between the bars. It drifts, closer. Then, further. Catching in a spiral of water turning, turning, and… Recognition!

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! As a child, and to this day, I like it when Hanukkah overlaps with Christmas as is the case this year.

We are about to embark on the eve of a new decade. An evening of anticipation and celebration, New Years Eve offers us all a time to look back and look forward.


Red-tail faces the sunrise. Hawks in winter always do. Her bright and speckled breast a beacon against the gray of early morning. The land beyond is empty. The hills in silence hug themselves. Even the pallid sun is shivering. But Red-tail is not. Perched high in the blank scrawl of limbs sh…

The sights, shopping stress and especially the smells that make up the “most wonderful time of the year” can make it a real challenge to keep up with your fitness goals. While we might all want to act like Santa, come Dec. 26 - stuffed with cookies, napping in a big recliner - instead, chall…

It’s a good idea to prepare yourself if you plan to see both parts of Mr. Lopez’s play at matinee and evening in the same day. It can be done at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Make certain you’ve had sufficient nourishment to get you through, and you might consider a visit to the rest room befor…

If you’re a guitar lover then you don’t want to miss Robert Messore's Fabulous Guitar Night, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 400 Humphrey St., New Haven.

GUILFORD — On Thursday, Dec. 12, the Guilford Poets Guild will celebrate the publication of its 20th Anniversary Anthology, Our Changing Environment, with a special reading by 12 members of the Guild.

Music at the Meetinghouse presents Shoreline Soul in a Holiday Gospel Concert directed by professional recording artist Angela Clemmons Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m.


OLD SAYBROOK — To kick off the holiday season, The Meadows Brothers, the Chester-born-and-bred rising stars of Americana and roots music, will join their majestic vocal harmonies with the Ebin-Rose Trio, Moving Target, Hugh Birdsall, Lauren Agnelli & Friends, and Carter Gowrie & Frie…


There’s nothing like the smell of cookies baking to spark thoughts of Christmas! All the senses are connected with memories, but the sense of smell, in particular, sparks a flurry of emotional memories.


In 1967 we were college students living in Southern France when I embarked on preparing my first Thanksgiving meal as a newlywed, and decided to invite several of our American college friends to join us.


ESSEX — Essex homeowners will open their homes to support Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT Saturday Dec. 7 for a special holiday house tour in the heart of the village’s historic district.