| Jun 3, 2014
| 11:06 AM
She was considered one of the most devious, and love-to-hate brats on prime-time television. And she is coming to Hartford. Alison Arngrim, the actress who played Nellie Oleson on the 1970s hit television show "Little House On the Prairie" will be the...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 9:44 AM
Our adventure began at 7:37 a.m. on a Saturday.
"Good morning, everyone!" said Capt. Alex, a fit, blue-eyed father of four who has made his career on the river.
"Good morning!" came the surprisingly chipper early morning reply from my fellow...
| Mar 21, 2014
In 1864, a young American journalist named Mark Twain told a lie. It wasn't his first, and it certainly wouldn't be his last, but the fib initiated a chain of events that helped him become the most celebrated author of his time.
Writing for a paper in...
| May 5, 2014
| 10:14 AM
Those planning a summer vacation in the U.S., have plenty of festivals and fairs to enjoy in various parts of the country this year.
Here are more than a dozen events –- but just some of what’s on tap for the summer — arranged...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 6:33 PM
Justin Kaplan, an author and cultural historian who wrote a definitive, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Mark Twain and spiced the popular canon as general editor of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, has died. He was 88.
Kaplan died Sunday at Mount...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 2:30 AM
BIRTHDAY GAL: Actor Derek Luke was born in Jersey City, N.J., on this day in 1974. This birthday guy is known for his roles in such films as "Baggage Claim," "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Miracle at St. Anna." He starred in the short-lived...
| May 23, 2014
| 9:37 AM
Summer lends itself to reading and vacations, so why not combine the two into a literary trip?
The homes and studies where many great writers toiled over their prose have been preserved. See original manuscripts, often in the author's own handwriting....
| Apr 9, 2014
| 1:03 PM
Letters to the editor from Glenview, Des Plaines and Skokie.
It's enraging that the federal government is still allowing majestic and intelligent wolves to be hunted and massacred. Hundreds of these wrongfully demonized creatures have...
| May 16, 2014
Do you know the Mount Rushmore game?
Essentially, you pick a category like, say, candy bars and decide which of them belongs on the candy bar Mount Rushmore.
(For the record, the answer is: Snickers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Twix and Kit Kat.)...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Q: I grew up with five other siblings, but after Dad died, our weak relationships went from bad to worse. To this day, two of my siblings and I get along fine. We've admitted to the pain we caused each other and asked for forgiveness. My relationships...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 7:22 AM
The new SAT exam has parents and students attempting to master the almost impossibly rigorous demands of, umm, the multiple choice question. Want to know how you would score?
Read the following passages carefully. Decide on the best answer to each...
| May 5, 2014
| 3:30 AM
The historic value of the classic European-style Georgian colonial known as the Bulkeley Mansion in West Hartford was not lost on Keith Garner when he bought the estate as a single father in 1992 for $685,000. But that's not why he bought it.