Connecticut novelist Juliet Grames appears Wednesday at part of Ocean House series

Juliet Grames (courtesy

Hartford native Juliet Grames has had a successful literary career as an editor, associate publisher and curator for New York City's elite Soho Crime imprint. She can write, as well. Grames' debut novel, "The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna," out last...



Hygienic hosts fashion show and summer party

I'm partially color blind. Combine that fact with a college-era obsession with finding Hawaiian shirts at Goodwill and thrift shops — ultimate collection numbered over 50 — and we had what sensible folks would describe as a "fashion...


Rick's List — Going down the rabbit hole edition

Confucius mentioned the "Rule of Three" back in 500 B.C. He was a smart person famous for being smart (although it's worth noting that "confusion" is an etymological derivative of his name, so bear that in mind). The point is, we as a...

Don't be a loser on the trail

One of my greatest fears about getting lost in the woods — beyond suffering for days or weeks while gnawing on roots, slurping swamp water and fighting off a biblical plague of stinging insects — would be the humiliating...


Upcoming concerts and shows

Roomful of Blues — Sept. 6 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $35

Chris D'Elia — Nov. 11 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale now; $39-$49

A Magical Cirque Christmas — Nov. 16 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale now; $30-$50

High South — Aug. 1 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $34

Terrapin — Sept. 21 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $30

Paw Patrol Live — Nov. 2, 3 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; tickets on sale now; $25-$81

The Flaming Lips — July 31 at College Street Music Hall, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $40-$55



Daughter plays second fiddle to brother with grandchild

DEAR ABBY: My mother has always had a horrible habit of making plans and canceling at the last minute. When I make plans with her, she invariably cancels the day of. Lately she has started making me feel guilty for not coming...

Mom of four leaves longtime boyfriend to date a teenager

DEAR ABBY: I'm the mom of a 31-year-old daughter who recently broke up with her longtime boyfriend so she can be with a 17-year-old kid. I probably wouldn't be upset if she didn't have sons who are 15, 14, 12 and a daughter, 10,...

Serial dater's love life is hard for his friend to watch

DEAR ABBY: I have a guy friend who goes from girl to girl constantly. People talk about what a player he is and say he doesn't really like the women he's dating. He has been called desperate — among other things. None...

Boyfriend confesses being attracted to woman's brother

DEAR ABBY: I am a gay male. My sister, "Cate," is in what appears outwardly to be a committed relationship, but I know for a fact it isn't. Her boyfriend, "Darren," invited me out for coffee a few days ago, and while he was...

Old friend's new lifestyle alters time spent together

DEAR ABBY: My wife, "Libby's," dearest friend of 20 years, "Melanie," has changed her lifestyle. Melanie and her husband have become "swingers." Now when Libby meets her socially, all Melanie can talk about is her new...

After 30 years, husband says marriage isn't what he wanted

DEAR ABBY: Just months before our 30th wedding anniversary, my husband told me he doesn't love me and never wanted to marry me. I am beyond devastated. I feel I have wasted the best years of my life. We have two beautiful...


Your stars June 20

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don't stop until you are happy with the outcome. Take physical action, and it will stop anyone who...