Rick Koster

Rick's List -- Summer Doldrums in New London edition

Let's get to it. 1. The 4th of July was on a Wednesday, so the fun kicked off the previous Saturday. Heat and humidity were horrible — I blame New London — and visitors were headed to the shore like children and lemmings marching together with a pied piper...

Steve Fagin

Chaos or serenity on the water: It’s all good

Sailboats, powerboats, Jet Skis and various other vessels zig-zagged in every direction, throwing up a Maytag of wakes.

Carol Sommer

Dodges Island Dreams

15-year-old Albert Burrows was writing from the whaleship, Romulus, four months into a three year voyage.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — New Column Photo edition

It's a small town and a close-knit region with a lot of loyal Day readers, and we thank you. But I mention this to say that, if your picture's is in The Day with any regularity — whether as a mug shot, or in an ad for your law firm or car dealership, or perhaps because you write a...

Steve Fagin

Sorry about that heat wave: It’s all my fault

Kermit was right: It's not easy being green.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — Official titles edition

A certain amount of healthy ego is involved in day-to-day life. I'm not talking about outsized self-enthusiasm you see with a lot of pro athletes or Kanye West or that Gwyneth Paltrow woman, but just a sort of natural, take-pride-in-doing-your-job confidence. Lately, for example,...





Dr. Jon Gaudio

Perhaps paying the piper in purgatory?

Whenever I do a cardioversion, I think about purgatory.

Steve Fagin

Combined biking with ferries — Timing is everything

As much fun as it is simply to get out for a casual run, bike, paddle or swim with friends — suck in fresh air, get the heart pumping and muscles moving — sometimes it's worth bringing an edge to the workout.

Robert Tougias

The red-eyed vireo's inspiring song

High up in the canopy of freshly unfurled green leaves, there is now a little-known bird that is seldom seen but frequently heard.

Steve Fagin

Zero tolerance: A border wall for Canada geese

You know, I might be more tolerant about birds crossing into my yard if they were American birds like hawks or bald eagles.

Rick Koster

Rick's List - Comfortable Runabout Vehicle edition

I've recently started driving my what is my second Honda CRV. The first one provided 15 years of fine work, and I have zero complaints about the Honda CR-V. Well, wait. I do have one complaint. What the hell IS a "CR-V"? It sounds like...

Rick Koster

Rick's List - Pomp and Circumstance edition

So far as I can tell from a family tree I found online, there are eight living descendants of the composer Sir Edward Elgar. Now, you may not have all of Elgar's works in your collection, but most of us are completely familiar with Elgar's...


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