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It was a sharp slap in the face to look around the home in which our three boys were raised and see the dusty evidence of a childhood that did not leave much room for mistakes.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Nee

Go Out and Make Mistakes

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

“Go out and make mistakes.”

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Cider Mills, Cider Syrup, and Cider-Braised Beef Short Ribs

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

As of early October, there was no hard frost and so my local farmstand still had tomatoes. I visited them recently and bought another $14 worth of tomatoes.

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Skeletitos; Make Every Moment Count by Susie Jaramillo

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

This charming Day of the Dead-themed book has illustrations inspired by the Mexican calavera art of Jose Guadalupe Posada.

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Finding Mrs. Ford by Deborah Goodrich Royce

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

What does the privileged Mrs. Ford from Watch Hill, Rhode Island have to do with the Chaldean Christian from Mosul who is picked up on his way to her house?

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Revolution Song by Russell Shorto

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

This personal journey through our nation’s fight for freedom is told through the real lives of six very different participants, including Venture Smith, who was abducted from West Africa and forced into slavery.

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Truman by Jean Reidy

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Truman is a very small but loyal tortoise.

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Henry, Himself by Stewart O’Nan

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Fans of Stewart O’Nan are in for a treat with this prequel to Emily, Alone and Wish You Were Here about the Maxwell family.

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Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

The author again takes us back to New York City, as she did in her previous novels.

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Spencer’s New Pet by Jessie Sima

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Spencer loves his new dog and wants to take good care of him and take him for walks.

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Moon Reign, A Fallen Star by M. Wednesday

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

This pleasurable new fantasy for young people features 19-year-old Drystan and his dragon who witness what is known to be signs of the birth of a unicorn.

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The Shaolin Butterfly Style by Sifu Michael Fuchs, C.B.I.S.

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

This historical and philosophical book on the art of transformation lays the framework for physical development and provides technical descriptions as well for those who are novices at martial arts, and those with decades of training as well.

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Snow White will be sharing some of her favorite spooky stories at the East Haven library. Photo courtesy of the Hagaman Memorial Library

More Halloween Happenings

Published Oct. 16, 2019 07:00 a.m.

In addition to the Vampires of Jewett City presentation at Meig’s Point Nature Center and a discussion about whether the spirits of the departed can speak to us, there are lots more talks, tours, and spooky events coming up this month on the Connecticut shoreline and in the Connecticut River valley.

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When archaeologists unearthed a coffin at an ancient burial ground in Griswold, they discovered the letters “JB” and the numbers “55” spelled out in brass tacks on the top. Photo courtesy of Nicholas F. Bellantoni

Out of Fear and Love; Fighting JB 55 and the Vampires of Jewett City

Published Oct. 16, 2019 07:00 a.m.

Faced with Horrifying Epidemic of Deaths, 18th Century Connecticut Residents Turn to Folklore, Superstitions

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Do you believe the spirits of the departed can speak with us here on earth? Geraldine Brown Giomblanco, the author of Geraldina & the Compass Rose: One Woman’s Faith-Filled Journey to Find Love, is convinced they can, if you just know how to listen. Photo courtesy of Geraldine Brown Giomblanco

Can the Spirits of the Departed Really Speak to Us On Earth?

Published Oct. 16, 2019 07:00 a.m.

‘We encounter these angels all of the time.’

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The Eighth Annual North Haven Rotary and Tessa Marie Memorial 5k & Walk will be Sunday, Nov. 10 at the North Haven High School. Photo courtesy of Tessa Maria Memorial and North Haven Rotary

Road Race for a Cause

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

The eighth annual North Haven Rotary and Tessa Marie Memorial 5k & Walk will be Sunday, Nov. 10 at the North...

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The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s first novel is eloquent and lyrical, with a touch of magical realism.

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Author Talk on Using Movement to Manage Pain

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Local author Maggie Downie will talk about her book, Keep Moving: Take Steps to Relieve Pain and Improve Your Life...

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Woody Sez, starring David Lutken as Woody, is a tale of struggle, activism, patriotism, and commitment. Photo courtesy of the Ivoryton

The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie at the Ivoryton Playhouse

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie, the West End and Broadway hit, opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse, 103...

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Italian Day, May 1918, oil on canvas, Childe Hassam

Nothing More American: Immigration, Sanctuary, and Community at Florence Griswold

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nothing More American: Immigration, Sanctuary, and Community, an Exhibition by Matthew Leifheit, will be on view...

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The sky above Middletown Photo courtesy of Essex Land Trust

Stargazing at Johnson Farm with the New Haven Astronomical Society

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

The New Haven Astronomical Society and the Essex Land Trust will host a stargazing event on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Johnson Farm, 77 Walnut Street, Ivoryton. The rain date of Sunday, Oct. 27.

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Raspberries and Young Cottonwood, Jim Laurino

Zahn Community Gallery to Highlight Artists from Lyme Art Association

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Zahn Community Gallery will highlight artists from Lyme Art Association in a new exhibit, with an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Leaf Drawing, Sara Drought Nebel

Healing Arts Network, Gallery Opening, Art Classes at Treefort Gallery

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Just Plain Art and the Treefort Gallery will host a reception on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. at 101 Fort Path Road, Madison.

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The annual harvest day and anniversary celebration at the Dudley Farm will include activities typical of a 19th century New England Farm. Photo courtesy of the Dudley Farm

Harvest Day at The Dudley Farm: Celebrating 25 Years

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

The Dudley Foundation will celebrate its annual Harvest Day and the foundation’s 25th anniversary on Saturday,...

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Michelle Aravena and Liam Vincent Hutt with the cast in Billy Elliot at Goodspeed Musicals. Photo courtesy of Diane Sobolewski

Goodspeed’s Billy Elliot Seems Ripped from the Headlines

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

In August, Lara Spencer, an anchor on ABC’s Good Morning America, laughed at the idea of Prince George taking ballet at school.

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An upcoming program at Mercy by the Sea will explore radical love through the teachings of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rabbi Abraham J. Heschel and Malcolm X, whose lessons, Omid Safi believes, can encourage not just “common ground, but higher ground.”

Photo courtesy of Mercy by the Sea

Radical Love at Mercy by the Sea

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Weekend Retreat Focuses on Islamic Tradition and the Prophetic Voices of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Rabbi Heschel to Heal Today’s World

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The Madison Happiness Club will present “Your Ageless Retirement Lifestyle” by Jeffrey Webber on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Photo courtesy of the Madison Happiness Club

Living the Retirement Lifestyle

Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Living the Retirement Lifestyle

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Nibbles: Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

Published Oct. 10, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Am I the only person who cannot successfully open a can of sweetened condensed milk with a handheld can opener? I...

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Marlon Brando as a young boy. Photo courtesy of Harper Collins

‘Hey, Maaaaaarlon!’ William Mann Examines Brando’s Troubled Life and Career

Published Oct. 10, 2019 12:01 a.m.

When author-historian William Mann decided to put the spotlight on his next Hollywood subject—Marlon Brando, who many consider to be the greatest American actor—he wanted to take a deeper dive into actor-activist’s complicated and controversial life.

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A Real Show Stopper and Easy, Too

Published Oct. 10, 2019 12:01 a.m.

I am not sure there is anything more gorgeous than a glazed Bundt cake.

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Forbidden Romance, a Post-Electric Play, a Return Visit, The Fabulous Invalid, and More

Published Oct. 10, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Inside Notes and Comments about Connecticut and New York Professional Theater

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