Steve Fagin

My campaign against lawns

While browsing the garden supply aisle of a store the other day, it occurred to me that there are for sale at least as many items designed to kill as there are to help grow.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — Royal Wedding Edition

Dateline London — The Day has sent me here to cover the Royal Wedding, which, as I type this, is scheduled to take place starting ... NOW and continuing for the next 17 days. Here are some thoughts: 1. The press accommodations are hierarchical, which is to...

Steve Fagin

Why did the chicken cross the road in front of the runner?

While I loped along on my morning run the other day I nearly trampled a neighbor’s chicken that decided to dart in front of me, all the while squawking angrily as if it were my fault.

Rick Koster

Rick's List -- annual spring landscaping edition

It's time for my annual thoughts on landscaping and the fact that we don't do any: 1. Rumors abound that a new war film is about to be filmed in the region. We're hoping to rent our property out for the scenes described in the screenplay as "Exterior: bombed-out Aleppo." 2.

Carol Sommer

An Old Mystic original

Charles Q. Eldredge’s autobiography begins, “When I was four years of age I had a fall from the rear end of an ox-cart, cutting my forehead upon a stone as I struck the ground. … Some have said that this fall affected my brain.”

Rick Koster

Rick's List - hypnosis edition

By the time you read this, I will have been professionally hypnotized. Indeed, as part of a Day print/video project that is tentatively scheduled to run in our Daybreak section May 13, I will (Friday night) voluntarily undergo a mesmeric exercise as conducted by popular...





Steve Fagin

By carelessness or derring-do, lost is lost

Two of the most angst-ridden days of my life took place hundreds of miles away and years apart, but they involved one common misstep: getting lost.

Robert Tougias

Enjoy the emerging vernal splendor

At this very moment thousands of neotropical migratory birds are flying north, and those that have already arrived are beginning their breeding season with vigor. The familiar robin, and the little known American woodcock are two examples of early...

Steve Fagin

Monkey selfie way better than human pix

If I were Naruto the monkey, whose long legal battle over rights to “selfie” photos he snapped in 2011 finally may have reached an end, I’d demand a new trial.

Dr. Jon Gaudio

Food for thought

Do you think Adam and Eve, before the fall, had such a hard time keeping their weight down and staying fit. I mean, they didn’t have to do any work in the garden and could eat whenever they wanted and yet, in every picture you see, they look...

Steve Fagin

Talking to potatoes and other gardening tips

“Just look at that rich, dark soil,” I exclaimed the other day, while leaning on a hoe and gazing tenderly at a freshly dug furrow. “Think of how cozy you’ll be underneath such a soft blanket of earth.”

Rick Koster

Rick's List — Iced Brew Tea edition

People who give themselves nicknames are generally loathed. I would loathe them, too, if I wasn't guilty. My self-created nickname? "A Man of Cola." I did so in homage to the fact that I've spent an insane amount of time in...