On the town at Christmastime

See sparkling New Haven this holiday season By Peter One of my fondest childhood memories is going with my parents and brother to see the lights at Christmastime. This being the late 1980s, our Christmas-light tour was not an organized procession through a tourism district, but rather random exploration and stopping to gawk at the […]...

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Go Light on the Presents and Heavy on the Presence

Less is more when it comes to young children By Peter My wife Annabeth is wiser than I am in some matters. Wiser, in fact, in most matters. It was she who told me our wedding didn’t need to be anything other than our parents and a few close friends in a church down the […]...

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Give Thanks for Common Ground

And leave the disagreements at the door  By Peter The Framers of the Constitution were showing more wisdom than they knew when they made Election Day the same month as Thanksgiving. That decision had much more to do with the North American harvest schedule than it had to do with a federal holiday that wouldn’t […]...

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Your 35th Thanksgiving

When tradition suddenly matters  By Peter Making sure everyone can get to Thanksgiving dinner matters. That’s something I didn’t realize until pretty recently. I’ve just never been a stickler for tradition. Maybe it had to do with the fact that my own parents—wonderful people who gave me a great start in life—were the kind to […]...

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Tank the tube and smell the roses

With the election passed, make time again for little pleasures  By Peter The morning of Nov. 9, I woke early to find my wife asleep beside me, book still in hand. Our 2-year-old son was sprawled sideways at our feet like a blond-haired, blue-eyed puppy, mouth open and issuing a high-pitched half-snore. I went downstairs, […]...

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Know the fundamentals as Election Day nears

Local resources offer valuable information—for Nov. 8 and after By Peter One of the best parts of living in New Haven is the abundance of cultural resources we have. One of the biggest of those is Yale University, and on Election Night the school is delivering with its Understanding America watch party. Think of this […]...

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Make your Halloween weekend a kid-friendly success

Planning is key By Peter Halloween, as I mentioned last week, is a big deal in my household. My wife was a Halloween fanatic long before we had children—and long before I met her, and probably long before she could walk and talk—and so I got used to an unusual degree of All-Hallows-Eve dedication at […]...

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Family-friendly fright

Halloween lesson in tiny terror By Peter I’ve never been a huge fan of Halloween. I like the holiday, sure. As a younger person, I spent many an All Hallows’ Eve enjoying good company and bad party food, and as a much younger person I recycled for four years straight an ill-advised toga costume the […]...

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Feed your mind with meaningful entertainment

Area productions will keep you laughing and thinking deep By Peter Power always fascinates. Whether we’re talking about the people of Victorian England, who venerated their queen as “the grandmother of Europe”; the subjects of Imperial Russia, who thought that merely kissing the tsar’s shadow would secure them a blessing; or modern celebrity-news addicts who […]...

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Enjoy performances in New Haven this month

With all kinds of music, there’s so much to do By Peter New Haven is a beautiful area this time of year. The foliage comes out. Festive decorations line front mantles. People congregate at coffee shops over mugs of steaming mocha. And when falling temperatures make outdoor fun not as appealing, there’s plenty to occupy […]...

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