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SHORELINE LIVING

Living • Published Sep 22, 2022 12 am

Night Bugs

I’m sitting in my living room wearing a long-sleeved shirt and jeans. It’s weird. My windows are open and the only sound I hear is the light whirr of a window fan. That’s...
Living • Published Aug 18, 2022 12 am

Dad, Godzilla, and the Great Summer Road Trip

When August begins its languid descent on the summer season, I think of my father. I think of my father every day, but there’s something about August that makes me think ...
Living • Published Jul 21, 2022 12 am

Small Businesses Save The Day

I’d like to tell you about a day. It starts off with a flat tire. Never a good thing. Triple A comes and puts on the spare, but since it’s Sunday I can’t get the tire fix...
Features • Published May 19, 2022 12 am

Gather Ye Dive Bars While Ye May

Like the groundhog peeking up out of his hidey hole to see if there’s a shadow, I emerge from my winter lair. I’m ready for an old-time night out, circa 2019. I go with F...
Features • Published Mar 17, 2022 12 am

Fool’s Spring

They call it “Fool’s Spring.” Deep down I know it won’t last, but when it arrives every year, I’m the biggest fool for it. Fool’s Spring lulls the mind into thinking that...
Features • Published Feb 16, 2022 11 pm

Groundhog Days

It starts from across the room and then moves toward me. It’s the sound of...something. I don’t know what it is, but I do know it’s coming in my direction, and I don’t li...
Features • Published Dec 22, 2021 11 pm

Oh, Christmas Bush

There is a Christmas tree shortage. Yes, it’s another COVID Christmas and this year the supply chain is affecting trees as well as ornaments and gift items. The one thing...
Features • Published Nov 18, 2021 11 pm

In Between Days

As I walk toward the shop, there’s an inferno of color rustling above my head. Reds, oranges, yellows. The leaves are at peak and a steady breeze loosens some, causing th...
Features • Published Oct 21, 2021 12 am

Stranger Thing

The Connecticut shoreline can be downright spooky at this time of year. Driving down local backroads, you see old houses that look like they’d be a perfect habitat for th...
Features • Published Sep 23, 2021 12 am

Soggy Fest

They dance across the lawn like two garden fairies, through the flooded grass, bathed in weak moonlight. Who could be angry as these two sprites twirl into view? No one. ...
Features • Published Aug 19, 2021 12 am

An August State of Mind

“See that?” she says. “The light is changing.” “No, it’s not,” I reply with a smile. Mom looks over and smiles back. “The light is changing and it’s getting dark a little...
Features • Published Jul 22, 2021 12 am

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Sometimes a conversation says it all. I hear this one at the local post office. “So, you know my truck is out of commission, right?” “Yeah.” “Wait ‘til you hear this. I h...
Features • Published Jun 17, 2021 12 am

It’s Weird to Be Normal

The lilacs are in full bloom and the pollen is turning everything yellow. So, it must look odd that I’m carrying an arm full of packages with Santas and wreaths all over ...
Features • Published May 20, 2021 12 am

Twilight

It should feel like dawn. I’ve gotten my second vaccine shot and am drifting through the two-week waiting period until I’m considered fully vaccinated. It should feel lik...
Features • Published Apr 22, 2021 12 am

Off to Oz

It’s dark and the wind is yowling. The entire house shakes as gusts beat at the walls like twin fists and rattle the windows. I sit at my laptop and tap keys then squint ...
Features • Published Mar 18, 2021 12 am

The Big Question

I’ve reached a rather strange and unhappy anniversary. The last time I ate inside a restaurant was a year ago. I had a blue martini and oysters stuffed with lobster. I fi...
Features • Published Feb 10, 2021 11 pm

Forever and a Day

So it’s come to this. I’m pushing a giant piece of furniture across the rug, wondering if I’m going to like where I put it. I sure do hope so, because moving it is like m...
Features • Published Jan 13, 2021 11 pm

Into the Waves

Well, I’m glad that’s over. It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m at Club Couch with Netflix as my date. This, of course, is not what I would have pictured last January. It isn’t w...
Features • Published Dec 09, 2020 11 pm

A COVID Carol

This year I’m haunted by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. When I think of Christmas past, as in 2019, I think of gatherings. I think of chilly black nig...
Features • Published Nov 11, 2020 11 pm

Dancing in the Dark

You know that dream you have where you’re in school and you suddenly realize there’s a class you haven’t attended all year? Not only that, there’s a test? I was a solid B...
Features • Published Oct 15, 2020 12 am

Pandemic Persona

I don’t know about you all, but since this pandemic got started, I feel like I’m a different person. So different that I’m compelled to name my new, unwelcome pandemic pe...
Features • Published Sep 10, 2020 12 am

Tornado To Do

Ever click your heels three times only to realize that you’re wearing the wrong shoes? What occurs that afternoon is later classified as a “microburst,” but let me be cle...
Features • Published Aug 13, 2020 12 am

Footlose

In the pandemic version of Footloose, Kevin Bacon is not the hero. Sorry, Kevin. These are strange times indeed and the heroes are the people you wouldn’t expect. There a...
Features • Published Jun 11, 2020 12 am

Riding Route 1

What a long, strange trip to nowhere this has been. Like most of us on the shoreline, I’ve been staying put. My car voyages have been short and local. I’ve hardly even ha...
Features • Published May 14, 2020 12 am

The Little Things

Even in the middle of a pandemic, it can sometimes be about the little things. Here are some little things that I’ve noticed as we’ve all been coping with this odd new wo...
Features • Published Apr 16, 2020 12 am

Love in the Time of COVID-19

I lay down on the table and wait for the needle stick. It’s not bad at all. Just a little pinch. No, I’m not being tested for COVID-19. Not yet. I’m giving blood. I give ...
Features • Published Mar 12, 2020 12 am

Trivial Matters

It’s getting later in the evening and the tension is peaking. We’re all leaned forward, eyeballing each other and whispering. Do you know? No? Do you? I might. Really? Ok...
Features • Published Feb 12, 2020 11 pm

Ray of Hope

My phone buzzes as I’m on the couch with a scary novel clutched in my hands. I jump a little at the sound. My heavy quilt falls to the floor as I reach for the phone. Whi...
Features • Published Jan 15, 2020 11 pm

Close Call

It starts innocently enough. My mom’s phone rings and she picks it up. Then my phone rings at work. I pick it up. When I hear my mom’s voice on the other end say, “Julie,...
Features • Published Dec 11, 2019 11 pm

Holiday Hiatus

Untangling Christmas lights isn’t my favorite job, but to tell you the truth, I don’t mind doing it. It’s all part of my Christmas decorating ritual. It’s peaceful as I b...
Features • Published Nov 13, 2019 11 pm

Do You Like Scary Movies?

Swiftie and I like scary movies so we go to see It: Chapter 2. The movie is frightening, but real life ends up being more unsettling than what’s on screen. We get our tic...
Features • Published Oct 10, 2019 12 am

It’s About Time

My alarm goes off and it’s pitch black outside. My hand flops like a fish next to the clock. I can’t reach it. With a grunt I prop myself onto my elbows, scoot up, and ro...
Features • Published Sep 12, 2019 12 am

My Old School

A couple of columns ago I wrote that I had a high school reunion coming up and that I wasn’t going to go. Well, I lied. I drive from the relatively cool shores of the Con...
Features • Published Aug 15, 2019 12 am

Wendy’s and Wine

It’s a summer sunset. Cola and I are saddled up at an outside bar. She turns to a gorgeous man next to her and says, “Hey! Hey! What’s your name?” She flashes a megawatt ...
Features • Published Jul 25, 2019 12 am

If the Shoe Fits

Summer has always meant a lot of great things. Sunny skies, beach roses, barbecues. The best thing about summer is and always has been kicking off my shoes. As a child I ...
Features • Published Jun 13, 2019 12 am

What I Won’t Do This Summer

Summer on the shoreline is glorious. There are many things I know I will be doing and I’m really looking forward to them all. I’ll be boating, eating softshell crab, watc...
Features • Published May 20, 2019 12 am

Spring Forward

I’ve done that terrible thing again. I’ve fallen asleep on the couch watching TV. It’s one o’clock in the morning and I wake up feeling like the Bent-Neck Lady from The H...
Features • Published Apr 11, 2019 12 am

Game of Scones: Part II

In my previous column I wrote about attempting to crash a reality TV show. The show is about a restaurant renovation and the weekend plays out like a medieval fantasy que...
Features • Published Mar 14, 2019 12 am

Game of Scones: Part I

Crashing a reality TV show was never an item on my bucket list. Nonetheless, I can now cross it off. You never know what can happen here on the shoreline. Sometimes it on...
Features • Published Feb 13, 2019 11 pm

Mommie Dearest the Car

There’s a really old, really awful TV show that was around before I was born called My Mother the Car. In the show a man’s car is possessed by his deceased Mom and wreaks...
Features • Published Jan 16, 2019 11 pm

Post-Holidaze

When I go Christmas shopping, I find more things for myself than for anyone else. I know this is selfish, but it’s the way it goes. I like a lot of things. In my favorite...
Features • Published Dec 12, 2018 11 pm

A Tale of Two Dollhouses

The best Christmas present I ever got was a dollhouse. It was the same height as I was and built by my mother. I remember opening the wide doors as a seven-year-old and n...
Features • Published Nov 14, 2018 11 pm

A Toast to the Host

There are those who have and those who don’t have. There are those who do and those who don’t do. At this time of year, there are those who host and those who don’t host....
Features • Published Oct 11, 2018 12 am

Unplugged

It’s one of those shoreline days that looks like a movie. The Sound is flat calm and boats lazily roll through the water. Clouds dot the sky in little lumps or gauzy stro...
Features • Published Sep 20, 2018 12 am

Goth Girls

She walked in wearing all black and sporting spiked hair and multiple earrings. I was standing there in a purple short-sleeved sweater sporting a pageboy bob. This girl i...
Features • Published Aug 16, 2018 12 am

Sensing Summer

He straightens his back and looks intent as he says, “I am good, okay? I am not about wolf.” I’m thinking he’s all about wolf. His accent is as thick as the smell of his ...
Features • Published Jul 12, 2018 12 am

There’s Something about the Solstice

The car behind me is so close I can’t see the headlights in my rear view. I’m on my way to work and am a little early, so I’m in no rush. I am doing the speed limit, howe...
Features • Published Jun 14, 2018 12 am

Long Train Running

The sound rolls over the flat marsh and between the reeds. It’s low and long and gently pulls me from a deep sleep. I yawn and stretch. Flop my feet over the side of the ...
Features • Published May 17, 2018 12 am

Nature Makes a House Call

Thank God birthdays only come once a year. The day of my birthday dawns, sun bright and spring warm. An auspicious beginning. I don’t bother to read my horoscope to tell ...
Features • Published Apr 12, 2018 12 am

The Tree That Walks by Night

It was a dark and stormy night. I’m serious. It really was a dark and stormy night. When I was a kid I had a love-hate relationship with scary stories. I loved turning th...