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A Long Winter’s Nap

Published Jan. 11, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Sometimes your body and your schedule end up at odds. Spoiler alert: The body always wins.

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A Hallmark Movie Christmas

Published Dec. 14, 2017 12:01 a.m.

I recently saw in the news that a Hallmark Channel movie was filmed in my area. I might actually watch it so I can point at the TV and shout “I know where that is!” I’m not a Hallmark movie watcher.

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Mr. Toad’s Wild Tram Ride

Published Nov. 16, 2017 12:01 a.m.

One nice thing I’ve realized about the shoreline is that you can get most anywhere easily

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Lingering and Longing

Published Oct. 12, 2017 12:01 a.m.

So there I am, sitting outside at a café in Prague, drinking coffee and listening to an old man play the sax.

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In a Shoreline Minute

Published Sep. 14, 2017 12:01 a.m.

I’m a wimp when it comes to the cold. I’m the annoying person in the office with a sweater on my shoulders and a wool blanket on my lap in July. I hate air conditioning unless there’s a dew point over 75 and a temperature over 95.

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If You Can’t Stand the Heat

Published Aug. 10, 2017 12:01 a.m.

They say if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. I beg to differ.

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Camping Memories, Good and Bad

Published July 06, 2017 12:01 a.m.

This summer I read that the local camping area opened later than in previous years due to state budget cuts.

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So Help Me

Published June 15, 2017 12:01 a.m.

This has been an era of Getting Things Done. An era of Doing Grown-up Stuff.

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Where There’s a Will

Published May 11, 2017 12:01 a.m.

“So are you gonna come home with me?” the man asks.

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March Can Be the Cruelest Month

Published April 13, 2017 12:01 a.m.

The famous poem states that April is the cruelest month. It suggests that with the arrival of warm weather, everything and everyone is forced into action.

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The Goose That Laid the Paper Eggs

Published March 16, 2017 12:01 a.m.

And I Dream...

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Germ Warfare

Published Feb. 16, 2017 12:01 a.m.

This particular column is brought to you courtesy of the man in front of me at Stop & Shop who open-mouth coughs then wipes his nose with his hand before touching anything and everything. Thanks for sharing, Bud.

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The Gothfather

Published Jan. 12, 2017 12:01 a.m.

The Gothfather paces the stage in a black moto jacket, black jeans, and black boots, his guitar hanging over one shoulder.

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Party of the Year

Published Dec. 15, 2016 12:01 a.m.

A funny thing happened after the election. No, not really.

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Once in a Blush Moon

Published Nov. 10, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Best Friends Have This Type of Shorthand

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Machines Gone Mad

Published Oct. 13, 2016 12:01 a.m.

It’s fitting for this time of year that many things in my life seemed to have become possessed.

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Crazy Days of Summer

Published Sep. 15, 2016 12:01 a.m.

The song goes that in summertime the living is easy. I disagree. Summertime is when things go into high gear. Lazy days of summer? More like crazy days of summer.

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Just Chill

Published Aug. 11, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Is there anything more glorious than taking in a shoreline sunset by sea? Island Girl and I are on a boat courtesy of a very nice guy who offers us an impromptu ride. I swear the best things happen when you don’t make plans. I hadn’t planned to go out at all. I certainly hadn’t planned to be on a boat. But here I am gazing at a salmon-colored sky as we slip lightly through the water.

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Critters

Published July 14, 2016 12:01 a.m.

It sounds like a line from an Alfred Hitchcock movie. “I have to get the corpse off the front porch before the visiting nurse comes!” I say.

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Voices

Published June 16, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Heeding Your Inner Voice(s) Can Be Complicated

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Bad Dad Jokes

Published May 12, 2016 12:01 a.m.

There are times when life stretches out on top of you like a big thundercloud. Damp, heavy, smothering. There’s an illness in my extended family and we’re all heartbroken. In the midst of this, my brother comes to visit with his wife and kids. This is a good thing. A really good thing.

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Rites of Spring

Published April 14, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Ah, the annual rites of spring. My favorite rite is hearing the peepers call from the swamps. When I hear them for the first time, I roll down my car window, slow down, and take a deep breath as I listen. Relief. No matter what happens now, winter is over.

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The Demise of the Dive Bar

Published March 10, 2016 12:01 a.m.

I’ve always had a fascination with dive bars. I don’t mean your slightly run-down neighborhood brew pub, either. I’m talking brown fiberboard paneling, dust buffalos lurking in the corners, and PBR the same temperature as water straight from the tap. I’m talking one lonely neon beer sign in the window with half the letters blown out.

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Weekday Matinee

Published Feb. 11, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Sometimes life becomes a movie. Or at least seems like one.

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A Cookout for Christmas

Published Jan. 14, 2016 12:01 a.m.

I know I’m not alone in thinking this. As I walk in the air that smells of spring, I keep thinking how this is this the oddest Christmas season in memory. No snow. No Jack Frost painting the window panes. No woolly mittens or snuggly scarves. It seems that Heat Miser from that old Rankin-Bass Christmas special took over and won’t let go.

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Digging Out the Ornaments

Published Dec. 10, 2015 12:01 a.m.

It’s The Time Again

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Alice in Alumniland

Published Nov. 12, 2015 12:01 a.m.

It’s been many years since I visited my alma mater, the University of Connecticut. I’m told it’s different now. However, when I leave one brisk fall morning to meet with two friends and do a walkabout on campus, I have no idea what kind of Alice in Wonderland adventure is waiting for me.

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Trick or Treat?

Published Oct. 29, 2015 10:13 a.m.

Funny thing about perception, it makes all the difference.

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Fear Factor

Published Sep. 10, 2015 12:01 a.m.

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End of an Era

Published Aug. 13, 2015 10:53 a.m.

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