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Rick Koster

Rick's List - Scholarly Personal Bookshelf Edition

You've heard of Rick's Bookshelf Arrangers, right? No? Well, it's my very successful new company. Y'see, if you're one of the 72 percent of the general population regularly called as a panelist to provide analysis on one of those CNN, Fox News or MSNBC networks,...

Steve Fagin

Friends in high places: The region’s top overlooks

Everyone loves a view. Beyond the inspirational benefits, you can’t get much more socially distant during a pandemic than standing atop an overlook.

Carol Sommer

Spirits ran high at colonial taverns

Churches and taverns were the first public buildings erected in new settlements; sometimes taverns went up first.

Rick Koster

Rick's List - Tertiary Propoganda Consultant Edition

For over three years now, I've been a "Tertiary Video Propoganda Consultant" to President Donald Trump. Truth told, Trumpo — as he likes to be called because "it makes me feel like a cartoon elephant everyone loves" — almost never requires my services. As he...

Steve Fagin

To ducks, I am Godzilla; to cormorants, a target

I paddle this route several days a week, and EVERY time the mallards panic, even though I never so much as veer in their direction or stop to chat.

Robert Tougias

The uncommon sight of common night hawks

Night hawks have declined by 60% since the '70s. Where I grew up, along the Connecticut River, they were especially abundant during migration.





Rick Koster

Rick's List - Great Debates I Have Known Edition

As a former and thoroughly humiliated college debater who quit after one practice, I have some thoughts about articulate conflict. 1. Throughout a very happy marriage to my wife Eileen, we have had relatively few arguments. The...

Steve Fagin

Seeking solace on a busy Connecticut River

A Jet Ski’s piercing whine shattered the air one sunny afternoon last week as our group of paddlers approached Selden Island on the Connecticut River in Lyme.

Dr. Jon Gaudio

The joys of 'vigorous debate'

My friend Dick Humphreville and I tend to argue often for the sake of arguing. Not hard to do with a guy who talks as much as Dick — though he prefers to call it “vigorous debate.”

Rick Koster

Rick's List — Desperate Times for Sharp-Dressed Man Edition

You can't see it, of course, because I write for a newspaper, but as I type this I'm wearing a dove gray jacket and slacks by Alexander McQueen; a V-neck T-shirt with a likeness of Kenny Rogers from ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo's "Ironic"...

Steve Fagin

Stalking the wily swallow: Patience pays off

It's one of nature’s most astonishing phenomena: hundreds of thousands of migrating tree swallows swooping and swirling before landing on the 75-acre Goose Island.

Rick Koster

Rick's List - Autumn Check List Edition

Though meteorological autumn started at the first of the month, the first day of fall — according to the folks who make calendars — is Sept. 22. Either way, it's time for some fall foliage, about which I have some...