Fourth of July events

Wait, it's July 4th already? Why, yes, it is. And that's good news for us, because it means all sorts of good summery things: picnics and beach trips and cookouts and parades and fireworks.



Sunday: Flower power at Historic Gardens Day

Gorgeous, lush gardens are the focus of Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, with three of the featured 14 located in southeastern Connecticut.


Gather at the Public House for a foodie feast

Editor's note: This version adds the reviewer's byline. One might not expect to find a good French 75 cocktail at your basic public house, but Old Lyme’s latest addition to the local tavern universe is anything but...


New Horizons approaches Pluto July 14

Pluto was in its final months as an official planet when NASA launched its New Horizons spacecraft on Jan. 19, 2006.

Enthralled by the wood thrush

There is a place where cool streams flow and the sweet scent of ferns is strong. It is in precisely such tranquil places that the unobtrusive wood thrush retreats from human commotion.




Marriage to slovenly wife brings man close to tears

DEAR ABBY: I have been married 40 years, and it’s just the two of us. I work full time and make a good living. We have a large house in a great neighborhood.

Husband’s long hours make married life lonely for wife

DEAR ABBY: I’m 19 and I got married six months ago to the love of my life! We have a great relationship despite how young we are. There’s one problem though: my husband’s job.

Girlfriend expects fireworks when her parents meet his

DEAR ABBY: I have been with “Tom” for two years, and I suspect that he will be proposing soon. He is 27 and I’m 24. Here’s the problem: He wants our parents to meet before he asks.

Readers defend parents who disapprove of cohabitation

DEAR READERS: On May 5, I printed a letter from a parent, “Against the tide in New Jersey.” He said his “independent, intelligent, loving” daughters (both in their late 20s) have dated their boyfriends for five years and...

Your stars - July 2

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’t feel like you have to make a snap decision.

Boyfriend’s teen escapade should be regarded as past

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my boyfriend for a little over two years. He recently mentioned that when he was younger (19), he had a threesome (two guys, one girl).

Woman’s belief of parentage needs facts to back her claim

DEAR ABBY: I recently received a Facebook message from a 47-year-old mother of four who believes she is my daughter.


Your stars - July 5

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Look at your options. Don’t rule out something because of differences you have with others.