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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A Time to Come Together

With MLK Day coming up on Monday, Isabelle’s kindergarten class has a week-long lesson in what makes each student unique. Her class is quite diverse, and each day today she has come home with little drawings of her classmates, annotated with names and descriptions. Yesterday, she announced that her classmate Casey, illustrated wearing a pink […]...

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Back to School

As of this week, it’s back to kindergarten for Isabelle, age 5. She, of course, has no desire for the holidays to end, but she’s quite eager to see all of her friends again. If only there was some way to have both. In September, she was incredibly excited to take her first steps into […]...

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Make the New Year count

And choose your promises wisely By Peter A grown man throwing a temper tantrum is not a pretty thing. Granted, “tantrum” may not accurately describe my conduct yesterday afternoon. “Sulking” is probably a better word. There was a good bit of mumbling under my breath. Definitely a curse or two, out of the range of […]...

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Cocoa by the Technicolor fire

Share holiday classics and new additions with the whole family By Peter As Annabeth is to Halloween, so Peter is to Christmas. Everyone has the one holiday over which they go completely bonkers, and from the time I was old enough to crawl my way through stray tinsel and come out the other side looking […]...

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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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