Dr. Jon Gaudio

The power of scents

You learn things in life, like the scent of your mother or the smell of braciole stewing in tomato sauce on a Sunday morning.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — Artificial Intelligence Edition

I sometimes think we get so caught up in the raging river of idiocy that is now our society — bellowing, unyielding, ears-stitched-shut, dogmatic nuts on BOTH sides of any argument — that we're overlooking one small thing. The end of the world. I'm...

Steve Fagin

Shaddup already with the tweeting!

No, not THOSE tweets from Washington (though, come to think of it, we all could do without them) but the ones in my backyard, where some birds have been driving me nuts with nonstop squawking, shrieking whistling and screeching.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — Here's Bees in Your Eye Edition

As I write, the news about a patient I call "Bee Girl" is just breaking. By the time you read this, though, days later, I suspect Bee Girl will have become a huge story and I'll seem "late to the party." Well, it's irresistible. And, if somehow you haven't see it, a 29-year-old...

Steve Fagin

The challenge: Run on every street in NL

You’ll receive a map and a list of roads.

Carol Sommer

Life on the wrong side of history

On August 8, 1775, Ebenezer Punderson was a refugee on the HMS Rose, a British man-of-war.





Rick Koster

Rick's List - Chip & Joanna Have a New Magazine Edition

Two days ago, I got a letter from Waco, Texas. If you're me, you hate to see anything from Waco because I went to school there, at Baylor, and didn't particularly enjoy the experience. What I did like about Waco was the barbecue, but unless...

Steve Fagin

Grow up, my little veggie friends - no need to think about the harvest

OK, all my tender sproutlings, here's the deal: I provide a nice, south-facing bed of only the richest, finest topsoil from which tree roots and sharp rocks have painstakingly been removed with hoe, rake and mattock; I make sure you get plenty of...

Rick Koster

Rick's List — Literary Revisions Edition

At lunch the other day, seated in a booth and trying to determine why iced tea tastes different in the winter than the summer, I heard boisterous greetings. I looked up and saw two middle-aged guys, apparently old friends who hadn't...

Steve Fagin

Bear-ly afloat in Farmington River rapids

“Bear! Bear!” Phil repeated.

Dr. Jon Gaudio

The value of listening

Before I met my wife, I wanted to learn foreign languages in order to, well, meet foreign women.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — History of Spring Break, Part One Edition

I'm always amazed by any scholar who has the confidence and skill to write a history book. A history of anything, really, although presumably the tome should have some gravitas. While I'm sure the "The History of Laminate Shelving in Functional...


Upcoming concerts and shows

Lady Antebellum — Aug. 2 at Mohegan Sun Arena; ticket on sale at 10 a.m. today; $39-$69

Toby Keith — July 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena; ticket on sale at 10 a.m. today; $55-$129

Steely Dan — Nov. 2 at Mohegan Sun Arena; ticket on sale at 10 a.m. today; $36-$66

Daughtry — Aug. 24 at Mohegan Sun Arena; ticket on sale at 10 a.m. today; $30-$55

Los Temerarios — Nov. 17 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale now; $49-$129

Big Al Anderson and the Floor Models — July 6 and 7 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $55

Patti Smith — April 27 at Bushnell, Hartford; tickets on sale now; $75

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul — July 16 at College Street Music Hall, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $35-$75

Brantley Gilbert — Aug. 24 at Xfinity Theatre, Hartford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. April 26; $29.75-$59.75

Charlie Daniels Band, Allman Betts Band — Nov. 15 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $39.50, $65