For Jill Butler, home is more than a place to hang your hat

Helping people transform their living spaces into warm, inviting, beautiful homes that celebrate their unique personalities and passions is one of the many things Jill Butler does that brings her joy.



Broadway’s biggest stars to sing in NYC on Inauguration Day

Some of Broadway’s biggest stars will be spending Inauguration Day at a concert in New York City that raises money for human rights organizations.

Unity of Opposites: The best and worst of the latest in music

No Plan EP DAVID BOWIE Columbia/Sony The four songs here — “Lazarus” and three “Blackstar” outtakes — exist already as the second disc...


Lessons learned could fill a book

“Mistakes build character.” My mother told me that a lot.

Rick’s List: Random Email Notifications Edition

Pundit longs for variety in congratulatory email blasts


Upcoming concerts and shows

Amy Schumer — March 2 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 13; $54-$134

Ja Rule, Ashanti — Feb. 17 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 13; $55-$70

U2 — June 25 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 17; $75-$285

Green Day — Aug. 29 at Xfinity Theatre, Hartford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 13; $30-$89.50

Big Sean — April 7 at Dome at Oakdale, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 13; $49.50

Kiefer Sutherland — Feb. 19 at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center; tickets on sale at noon Jan. 14; $75


Mom and ex at loggerheads over daughter’s cellphone

DEAR ABBY: I bought my 11-year-old daughter a cellphone.

Photo of mom in body bag infuriates grieving daughter

DEAR ABBY: My mother passed away in my home almost exactly a year ago.

Sister worries hotel plans might insult rest of family

DEAR ABBY: My sister and her family recently moved out of state after having lived near our family all her life.

Shy guy needs some help putting best foot forward

DEAR ABBY: My friend “Russ” is a sweet, quiet, reserved guy with a goofy side.

High school friend turned enemy continues her attacks

DEAR ABBY: I need your help in dealing with an old “frenemy.”

Girl who shies away from gym can enjoy a good, long walk

DEAR ABBY: My mom wants me to exercise more.

Wife who escaped abusive marriage must not go back

DEAR ABBY: In the beginning of our marriage there was physical abuse and marital rape.


Your stars - Jan. 17

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Stick to the rules, but don’t be afraid to do things differently.