A life in pictures

Isabelle is on a mission this week, documenting plucked leaves and park squirrels, friends and strangers, buildings and taxis alike all with my cellphone camera. I have to say, she’s a natural. I’m saying that not just as a loving father– while I’m certainly biased in favor of her work, she is showing an early flair […]...

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A toast to those who came before

A very happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you all, dearest readers. Do all of you have your kelly green doodads and thingamagigs? I’m sure you do– we’ve all had them out for the past week. Today is the culmination of this celebration of Irish culture and heritage, so let’s take a step back from the […]...

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Saint Patrick, one week early

Well, here we are: With freezing temperatures and snow on the way, we are preparing to “spring ahead” into daylight savings time– and for this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday. That means Irish beer, Irish culture, and Irish music, and green scarves, mittens, earmuffs, hats, and anything else that we can possibly dig […]...

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The week of Mardi Gras

Today you can feel the winter in the air, though we had almost managed to convince ourselves that it was finally over. This is just a cold snap, though– just a passing front, like any bitter thing that hits. We have had Valentine’s Day, and we have had Mardi Gras, and while the weeks or […]...

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A sense of community

Who amongst us still takes the time to sit down with a newspaper–an actual, paper newspaper–over a morning coffee? It has always been a ritual for me, but I’m told it makes me quite old-fashioned. While I’m sure it’s more convenient to have three weeks worth of multiple newspapers on your tablet or phone, I […]...

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A change of season

It’s going to be sunny this weekend, and warm enough for us northerners to call it early springtime. By Isabelle’s estimations, it is now no longer winter because we already had Valentine’s Day. I like the idea– winter ends with love, and then come comes spring and all its joys. It is, however, too cold to […]...

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Snow Day

As I am sure everyone is aware, Connecticut got a bit of snow recently. Annabeth and I have been up since dawn digging us out. We saw the sun rise that way, lighting up snowy fields and rooftops with a golden-pink glow. It was beautiful in a way that cannot be captured with a camera, […]...

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The Long March of History

Black History Month is coming up in February, so what better time to prepare than now with a bit of historical perspective, Connecticut-style!   The New Haven Museum has a number of events going on for Black History Month.  Coming up on Wednesday is a tribute to America’s first African-American ambassador, Ebenezer D. Bassett. Bassett, a […]...

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We Need to Do Better

There have been rallies in New Haven this week- marches pro and con this and that. If you had told me last year that something like this would be an everyday occurrence practically in my backyard, in my city, in my country, I would have laughed. Today, it feels like a constant.  I have always […]...

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Think Large, Think Small

Today the new president of the United States was sworn in, with all the requisite pomp and circumstance. That’s a big story, the close of one chapter of America’s history and the beginning  of another. It’s all over every news outlet. Some of us have even taken the day off from work. That’s more than fair, given […]...

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