Steve Fagin

You call THAT a snowstorm?

For outdoor enthusiasts in the region, this has been the winter of our discontent.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — When I'm 64 Edition

By most accounts, Paul McCartney wrote the music and melody for "When I'm Sixty-Four" when he was still a teenager. Rock 'n' roll was still in its early years, and Macca thought at that point his musical future might well be writing cabaret songs. Years later, when it came...

Steve Fagin

Forgive us our trespasses

When faced with obstacles on authorized trails — or sometimes simply piqued by curiosity — I’ve occasionally been known to stray.

Carol Sommer

Christopher and the chocolate factory

Here’s a riddle: what do chocolate and paper have in common? Are you thinking candy wrappers? Think bigger.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — Dude Edition

I caught myself saying the word "dude"again the other day, and it occurred to me that I've spent entirely too much time in my life saying the word "dude." As I type this, I'm sure there's some — wait for it — dude right now in a computer science lab at Berkeley or...





Steve Fagin

Is it my imagination or has it gotten cold?

Hey, has anyone else noticed that the weather has been kind of chilly these past few days? Why hasn't this made the news? It occurred to me while running in shorts and a T-shirt the other morning that the temperature may have dipped a few...

Dr. Jon Gaudio

Fear of missing out when it comes to new gadgets

Sometimes, I am ashamed to admit it, I get sucked into feeling that I’m going to miss out if I don’t get the newest phone, the latest gadget.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — History of the Sports Press Conference Edition

As America kicks it into a frenzied overdrive for a Super Bowl in which the New Orleans Saints won't participate, it occurs to me that, all along, I've assumed media interviews with athletes and coaches were flatline...

Steve Fagin

The lure of frozen waterfalls

Clipped onto a nylon line that prevented me from plunging 100 feet onto snow-covered rocks, I clutched an ice screw with one hand, jabbed an axe with the other, and then kicked the steel points of a crampon into a near-vertical wall.

Carol Sommer

Innovators in industry and the arts: the Scholfields

When Everett Scholfield photographed his family’s old woolen mill in Montville, he probably felt sentimental. During his career as a professional photographer, he’d created hundreds of portraits and landscapes, but this site, one of...

Rick Koster

Rick's List — Rot in Hell edition

The other day in a convenience store, I overheard a pleasant customer, her voice seething with anger, say to the clerk, "I hope you rot in hell!"  At issue was a debit card that malfunctioned or didn't have enough...


Upcoming concerts and shows

Jason Aldean — May 3, 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $69.50-$119.50

Bobby Brown, Bell Biv DeVoe — June 7 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale now; $78-$168

En Vogue, SWV, Ginuwine — May 10 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $78-$168

John Fogerty — March 29 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $55-$125

The Chainsmokers — Sept. 28 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $49-$89

Pentatonix — June 13 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at noon today; $39, $69

Jackson Browne — June 29 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $48-$99

Heart, Sheryl Crow, Elle King — July 20 at Xfinity Theatre; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $29.50-$129.50