Rick Koster

Rick's List

Ours is an age when absolutely nothing is left to the imagination. And whatever isn’t left to the imagination is nearing intellectual extinction. In the near future, I suspect, we’ll all watch and hear the real-time thoughts at the exact moment some modern day Kapteyn puts 2+2...

Steve Fagin

Learning from our mistakes — sort of

While rolling a wheelbarrow full of logs down a path behind our house the other day, I slammed into a jutting rock and the whole load toppled into the mud.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — Holiday Tree-Lighting Edition

I'm a bit suspicious of anyone who'd voluntarily say, "(So and so's) not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree." Sorta hackneyed, right? You might as well say, "I'm not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, so I'm the sorta guy who'd actually say, '(So and so's) not the brightest...

Robert Tougias

Catching sight of evening grosbeaks

Like the last of the yellow leaves on the paper birch, the evening grosbeaks fell one by one from the naked branches reaching over the muddy road before me.

Steve Fagin

Cutting trees to restore the Hoffman Preserve

Plans are underway for a forest management program that calls for carefully planned, significant tree-cutting at Stonington's 198-acre Hoffman Preserve.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — Black Friday Wrap-Up Edition

Here are some hard things to do: 1. Ascend Mount Everest with no bottled oxygen, wearing KISS-style platforms and sipping from a quart of cheap tequila 2. That whole "be a Navy SEAL" thing 3. Black Friday shopping 4. Single-handedly eliminate an entire thriving...





Steve Fagin

Natchaug River rapids: Full of sound and fury

At that moment, my plotting consisted of looking for a way to carry my kayak around a gut-clenching plunge.

Dr. Jon Gaudio

Nonverbal cues speak for themselves

Doctors are pretty good at reading non-verbal cues.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — Self-Makeover Edition

"Only one man ever understood me, and he didn't understand me." — Johann Gottlieb Fichte I recently saw an episode of "Queer Eye," an updated version, with a new cast, of the iconic "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" program that ran...

Steve Fagin

Steve’s Leaf Collection Service

I cleared a lawn of leaves using a rake faster than a man armed with a leaf blower.

Steve Fagin

Fake presents! (and real ones) — you decide

It’s that time of year to shop for that special adventurer in your life.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — "I'd rather be ..." Edition

I'm glad I got out of the youthful habit of affixing bumper stickers to cars because, idling at stop lights behind folks who enjoy applying bumper stickers to their own vehicles, I find myself typically thinking, "Boy, THAT'S an idiot." I...


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Lewis Black — April 4 at Garde Arts Center; tickets on sale now; $49-$69

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