Art, light, color

You know one of my favorite things about living in the New Haven area? There’s always something to broaden the mind—even in a heat wave. With more than a dozen museums, there’s always something stimulating going on in an air-conditioned environment. And well, that last part is as important as the first sometimes, especially if […]...

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Fire Safety

It’s fire season again, it appears. Now, most people seem to think that it’s just a problem for California, or at least the west coast, and the west coast is indeed going up in flames. But in Connecticut itself, we’ve seen a number of very intense fires in recent weeks, including Wallingford,  Bethel, West Haven, […]...

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Dog days

My daughter just told me that she wants a puppy. It’s definitely a step up from a pony, and miles preferable to the tarantula she wanted for a full six months a few years back, but it seems outside of our current capacity. Not that I’d be opposed to the company of man’s best friend—just […]...

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Independence Day

This week is the Fourth of July, the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is a day to reflect on our country’s origins and the its philosophical underpinnings: liberty, equality, the American dream. It is a holiday that unites us a country: no matter who we are or where we come […]...

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Arts of the world

As you may have guessed, I spent most of last weekend on the beach. Hey—Father’s Day means I get my choice of activities, right? I’m a man of simple tastes. And besides, I’ve been getting plenty of culture lately: this month New Haven has been host to the annual Arts and Ideas festival. That means […]...

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Beach days

Now that it’s summer, it’s time to hit the beach. From where I’m sitting, West Haven has the best beaches of them all—sand and shore and boardwalk. Maybe it’s because I have so many good memories of that particular shoreline. It’s little things, really—ice cream and sandcastles, cold beer and campfires, starlit nights and hot […]...

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Automation and technology

The state of Connecticut recently passed legislation to do with autonomous cars. Now we’ve joined a list of states who are officially regulating and testing driverless cars. And that’s not the only way in which technology is taking over our lives—our homes are smart and interconnected, we can buy anything we want and have it […]...

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A matter of accessibility

This week, I’m taking a break from my usual blogging to talk about a topic that’s really close to my heart: wheelchair-accessible transit. Most of us go through life able to get into and out of any public building or vehicle without any trouble. Sure, we may complain about a broken escalator or a cramped […]...

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Memorial Day

With Memorial Day coming up, it seems like the whole country is coming to a halt. Stores close, government offices turn out the lights, even construction projects are put on hold to allow everyone to go home and… have barbeques? Watch parades? Break out the summer clothes? Now, anyone who knows me knows that I’m […]...

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Getting your hands dirty

You know what’s cool, at least in my book? Gardening. Now, I’m well aware that my opinions on what is and isn’t cool may have become outdated a couple years back, but surely growing plants and seeing the natural cycle unfold in your own backyard (or window box, or assortment of pots) is pretty nifty, right? […]...

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