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 Now, I’m well aware that my opinions on what is and isn’t cool may have become outdated a couple years back, but surely growing plants and seeing the natural cycle unfold in your own backyard (or window box, or assortment of pots) is pretty nifty,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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Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day is due to be rainy, dreary, and chilly, but that doesn’t mean we should hold back from celebrating the wonderful women in our lives. In fact, shouldn’t we celebrate all the more to make up for the lack of sunlight? Bring on the flowers! Bring on the brunch! Bring on the sparkling, […]...

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Saturday morning view

Yes, I know– today is Cinco de Mayo. Everyone’s talking about it. Everyone’s drinking themselves silly, too. Let’s maybe not do that. Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of a grand battle—maybe breaking out tequila and tired stereotypes isn’t the best way to celebrate it. Besides, there are so many things to do on Saturday […]...

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The open road…?

When I was a kid, I loved summer road trips. Those days when we piled into my dad’s car and rode into the unknown, feasting on hotdogs and ice cream and listening to old music—it all blurs together now, a kaleidoscope of junk food, roadside sights, and back roads and sunlight though car windows. I can’t […]...

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The great outdoors

This weekend is due to be lovely, and just in time for us to celebrate the great outdoors. After all, tomorrow is Earth Day, and the local Cherry Blossom Festival is on Sunday, both better reasons than most to be out, about, and comparatively environmentally conscious. Earth Day may have had its earliest roots in […]...

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