To the Editor:
Ready or not, here we go. Despite rising numbers, not enough tests and no protocols in place for tracking or monitoring, the United States is “reopening” after “closing” at some point in March or April or even May depending on where you live.
Do you take vitamins? And watch your cholesterol? And exercise? If so, why? To stay healthy? To make sure you feel good and look good? And because life’s a banquet and who doesn’t want to garden or travel or cook or romp with a dog or sit spellbound in a theater or watch a sunset or read a g…
I was watching a news program in early March when a commercial for a funeral parlor popped onto my screen. Seriously? Aside from the fact that it was ghoulish in the extreme, it made me laugh because of what it signaled. Here it comes… Advertising in the pandemic!
The other day a friend of mine posted a question about how kids are coping with the COVID 19 crisis - and how parents are helping their kids. She asked that only parents with kids under 18 respond and so I didn’t write back but it got me thinking.
While we pay homage to the health care workers put in harm’s way during this pandemic, I’m reminded to call attention to all caregivers including those who are caring for aging parents and relatives.
Peter Berger: ‘When the vice president crowed in March about millions of tests, he didn’t mean usable tests that could produce timely results.’
The first time I heard the voice was on a peaceful Sunday evening while the dogs and I quietly enjoyed an Animal Planet show entitled, “When Canines Ruled Cat Planet.”
Day 41 of my captivity and it’s about to get ugly. And I’m not just referring to my hair which still hasn’t been cut because it took me an hour to chop my husband back from an overgrown hedge to something resembling a man I might marry and I was too exhausted to take on my own mess.
As anyone who knows me will tell you, I have REALLY short hair. I’m talking just north of a buzz cut. And yet not a buzz cut which is where things get complicated.
I can say with the utmost certainty that I would have spent a majority of this quarantine — were I the 13-year-old that my son presently is — reading my comic books, organizing my comic books, bagging the ones that I had bought bags for months (if not years) earlier and slipping the cardboar…
On a recent Sunday morning, I found myself unable to write, create, even muster a single spark of imagination. Two weeks after the coronavirus had stolen our lives and put us under house arrest, nothing seemed funny.
I once had a neighbor in Connecticut who used to hang over his Juliet balcony, beer in hand, and lob invitations at me as I lay on my chaise trying to read. Mind you I was well over forty and had recently had a child so he was either in need of rehab or an optometrist.
I’ve said that our elders are the living connections to history and thus, valuable treasures. So, are we doing our due diligence to protect these treasures during this Covid-19 pandemic?
Hi folks. As some of you may recall, I used to write a column for this paper about the movies. I’m a writer and independent filmmaker and have worked in the theater and television. But now, like all of us, I’m at home.
“She must be dead,” my daughter Jordan muttered, her voice betraying her concern. She knocked a third time on the inner door of the white raised ranch, home of her maternal grandmother, Gram.
A friend of mine recently decided to organize an online group that is focused on growing up in New Haven. Within a few days, the group has grown to over 2,000 audience members.
I worked with a woman who was a “Leap Year Baby.” This fact got worked into many unlikely conversations, but perhaps this is just a day in the life of the ‘Leap Year Baby.”
For many cat owners, redwood would be a good choice when selecting living room furniture. While we all bemoan that rip-rip of claws-on-fabric just as we’re dozing off at night, we can’t change the fact that nature intended cats to have claws.
I read recently about a regional initiative that is being planned in our area. Towns from Meriden to Madison would join to create programs for recycling food waste created by the local schools.
Whether you are a Baby Boomer (born during the years 1946-1964), a member of the Silent Generation (1925-1945), or a member of the G.I. Generation (1901-1924), you are considered to be part of a more mature demographic - and one that is considered to be “senior.”
Sitting in the waiting room of Union Station in New Haven recently on my way to D.C. to visit my son Matt, I was struck by the quiet grandeur of the space.
If you’re expecting a baby, don’t forget your first baby – your cat or your dog. Too often we hear of the family cat or dog (or both) taking a back seat to the new arrival, or even cast off as being too much work or too curious or displaying unacceptable behavior.
We all have some tendency to accumulate things. It doesn’t matter what kind of things, whether papers, photos, books, magazines or clothes - it’s when that accumulation turns from helping you out to stressing you out that the reorganization of living and storage space becomes a top priority.
There’s no way around it. No matter how hard you work on cleaning and clearing your home, clutter seems to always creep back in, especially if you have a spouse or kids who may not have the same orderly goals as you.
When you buy a new car, you suddenly see all the cars on the road that are just like yours. They never existed before you owned one of them. I think the same is true for many homeowners.
There’s an essay posted online called “My Semester With The Snowflakes,” written by James Hatch, who, at age 52, was admitted as a freshman at Yale University after a career in the military.
I remember when my mother began antiquing. It was not something she'd done her whole life, her own mother being more of a flea market person, keen on a buck for a plastic spatula as opposed to $25 on a steel one that looked like something an Ingalls would wield on "Little House On The Prairie."
On a regular basis, you see information posted that offers some kind of scientific evidence of the health benefits of eating, drinking or doing certain activities.
The holiday season is officially over. Gifts have been opened. Dinner parties done. Decorations still lingering. It’s time to start clearing the clutter to get organized for the new year. Follow a few simple tips to help you get organized while you sort and stow all your holiday ‘stuff’!
As I’ve grown older, the years seem to pass more quickly. Yet, in some respects, time passes more slowly. There seem to be stretches of time when I’m just looking for something to do. Perhaps, that’s one of the tell-tale signs of reaching a certain level of maturity. Leisure time that isn’t …
The Christmas holiday has always been a special time for me. Growing up in a large, close-knit Italian family, Christmas was all about the traditional celebration of food and faith. Yes, we exchanged gifts, but the gift giving was never the centerpiece of our holiday. It was more focused on …
No Christmas story has been told more than Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Whether by plugging in the beloved Mr. Magoo (voiced by the equally beloved Jim Backus) as crotchety old Ebenezer Scrooge, TV’s “Odd Couple” (Tony Randall and Jack Klugman) or Michael J. Fox’s money-obsessed Ale…
How comforting it is to do things in the same way, time after time. We’re all, after all, creatures of habit even though we don’t always acknowledge it.