| Feb 24, 2014
| 9:02 AM
This winter one feels a bit like Christopher Columbus in 1492 as he sailed the ocean blue. Except we've been sailing through a seemingly endless sea of white. Snow white. Grungy white. Sallow white. Sheets-hanging-on-the-clothesline white.
| Jul 20, 2013
| 2:49 PM
As the boat moved down the channel into Long Island Sound, the captain ordered a message sent ashore that forever changed the strategy of naval warfare: "Underway on nuclear power."
With those words on the morning of Jan. 17, 1955, Cmdr. Eugene...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 2:30 AM
"Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business." -- Paul Valery.
But we are not talking politics today. Indeed, I find very few people talking politics, Washington or disaster because they are so very...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 10:11 AM
When you have what's become a de facto nature preserve barely 12 miles off Connecticut's Long Island shoreline, it's not much of a surprise that environmentalists in this state are pushing hard to keep the federal government from selling it to the highest...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 6:00 AM
The distinguished members of the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (bet you didn't even know we had a chapter here) will be gathering this September to hear about seaweed.
Connecticut seaweed to be exact. The kind of seaweed that...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 1:36 PM
There was a time when I wanted to live on the shore. I thought it would be
the perfect life, breathing in that refreshing salt air, watching those
fantastic sunsets, digging clams for dinner right out of your own front
yard. That all changed with...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 12:15 PM
During my travels across the state, I've seen plenty of stone walls snaking their way through the woods – a tangible link to the land's agricultural past before the New England forest reclaimed it.
I've seen lichen-covered walls. I've visted...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 11:06 AM
Culture, tourism, placemaking and economic development are four concepts that belong together. Good public policy requires thinking strategically about their interrelatedness.
Despite being one of only six states with abundant, on-the-ground and...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 9:50 AM
When Sandy ripped through Connecticut's shoreline homes, it scattered memories far and wide, a testament to the storm's mindless but personal sweep.
A 1952 wedding album was buried in mud near the water in Fairfield. An antique desk floated in nearby...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 1:21 PM
I once believed the Connecticut shoreline had nothing to offer except for the "bigs" - state parks like Hammonasset, Harkness Memorial and Bluff Point. And then I discovered places like East Haven's Farm River State Park, Guilford's Chittenden Park and...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 8:55 AM
It's a pretty good bet if you are searching for Captain Kidd's pirate treasure, you will find a reference to it in the histories of towns along the shores of Long Island Sound and up the Connecticut River.
There's the cursed Charles Island off the...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 10:43 AM
There is a parking area along Route 66 at the Meriden/Middlefield border that is usually full no matter what time of the year. It's the access point for the final leg of the Mattabesett Trail, which winds north to Higby Mountain and eventually Lamentation...