Tony Bennet, the renowned singer and performer, recently announced that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimers, an incurable, mind debilitating disease that generally affects older adults.
As one year ended and another began the battle cries were everywhere. They were being tweeted, posted on Facebook, DM’s, and even emailed. They simply could not be ignored.
When my daughter was about 4 years old, a neighbor called to ask if she’d accidentally taken home one of their toys. I don’t even remember what the toy was — it was small and plastic and of no consequence except for the fact that it was a favorite of the child who couldn’t find it.
As we spend more and more time in our homes, we may begin to look around and realize that it’s time to downsize, upsize, or make some changes to the home. Regardless of what the plan is, the first thing to do is pare down and declutter. Don’t know where to begin? Consider reading Marie Kondo…
Is there anyone out there at all going into 2021 with the same tired new year resolutions that are always in play? Surely, there is not a soul reading this, or just in general, who has decided that this will be the year they get back into that pair of jeans from senior year of high school or…
Once upon a time — OK, in college — I was torn between philosophy and chemistry. They had a lot in common, principally that they were both systematic approaches to understanding how the world works.
While we’ve all surely “Face-timed” throughout the holiday season in years past, and for a while now, the idea of “Zooming” a huge, festive meal together — never mind maybe decorating the Christmas tree virtually — is completely anticlimactic. It flies in the face of what the season is all a…
Truth be told, I own an all-electric car. No, it’s not my primary source of transportation…and it’s pretty entry level…but it has helped me form some personal opinion on our electric future.
The recent beatification of Father Michael McGivney by the Catholic Church was cause for great celebration among Catholics throughout Connecticut, and here in the New Haven area in particular. McGiveny, a simple parish priest assigned to St Mary Church there, was elevated to the rank of Blessed.
My grandfather was a "Sunday Driver," but not in a stereotypically derogatory way. For starters, Grandpa’s sojourns usually occurred on Saturday afternoons.
Since March of this terrible horrible year, I’ve been making a practice of doing a gratitude list first thing every morning – sometimes even before I open my eyes. It helps ground me, gives me perspective and helps me face the day.
With Americans being urged from the powers-that-be to “keep Thanksgiving small” this exhausting year, many no doubt find themselves in a weird position.
During these unprecedented times when so much of our world seems to have been upended, I keep looking for those things that have remained constant.
I was in the living room watching another discouraging update on COVID-19 when I heard my wife shout from the fireplace room.
Two thousand years ago, the Celts were scared of winter. And not just the cold and dark of that season but the deaths that inevitably followed due to infections and the privations of their world.
For those of you who were otherwise productively engaged – or not even here yet – 1977 was the year that “Happy Days,” a nostalgic TV comedy, strayed so far from its brief in an attempt to attract an audience that it lost all credibility.
Raking leaves was always fun for me. A New Englander through and through, this seasonal task was never forced on me. What's more, I was keen on doing it from a very young age, too.
I’ve had the good fortune these last few weeks to have my daughter and her husband here for a visit. It’s always wonderful to see them and doubly so after a long hard season of isolation and anxiety because of COVID-19.
The Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board calls efforts to salvage a Connecticut high school football season through independent leagues “dangerous, elitist and selfish.”
I sat down at my desk today to write a very different column. I’d woken up at 4 a.m. and had been feeling a bit anxious and restless all day and was hoping that writing about our beloved RBG would calm me down. And then I picked up my phone to check in with my writing group and a message pop…
I went off to college with a year’s worth of AP credits in calculus, physics, biology and chemistry. And while it made perfect sense to stay on track, I ended up completing a major in chemistry before I’d even had a chance to think about what I really wanted to do.
I can vividly recall in my youth the phone ringing off the hook early in the morning during late August and early September. It’d be my grandparents, from Hollywood, Fla.
The COVID-19 crisis most certainly has caused people to reconsider all sorts of things in their lives – how and where they live, what’s no longer a priority, and the lifestyle changes they’ll make in a post-pandemic world.
I was in New York the other day and had an early dinner at our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Half of us were sitting at tables set up in the street, the other half sat at tables on the sidewalk, as masked pedestrians ambled through what was now the center of the restaurant.
When my daughter was little, we were blessed with a marvelous babysitter I will call Claire. Claire was pure sunshine and we loved her to bits. She was also full of stories and one I will never forget was about one of her first jobs as a sitter. She was to look after a precocious toddler whi…