Saturday, October 24, 2020

Shoreline Living

Life & Style • Published Oct. 15, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Pandemic Persona

I don’t know about you all, but since this pandemic got started, I feel like I’m a different person. So different that I’m compelled to name my new, unwelcome pandemic persona....

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 10, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Tornado To Do

Ever click your heels three times only to realize that you’re wearing the wrong shoes?What occurs that afternoon is later classified as a “microburst,” but let me be...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 13, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Footlose

In the pandemic version of Footloose, Kevin Bacon is not the hero. Sorry, Kevin. These are strange times indeed and the heroes are the people you wouldn’t expect.There are...

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Life & Style • Published June 11, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Riding Route 1

What a long, strange trip to nowhere this has been. Like most of us on the shoreline, I’ve been staying put. My car voyages have been short and local. I’ve hardly even had to stop...

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Life & Style • Published May 14, 2020 12:01 a.m.

The Little Things

Even in the middle of a pandemic, it can sometimes be about the little things. Here are some little things that I’ve noticed as we’ve all been coping with this odd new world.I ...

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Life & Style • Published April 16, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Love in the Time of COVID-19

I lay down on the table and wait for the needle stick. It’s not bad at all. Just a little pinch. No, I’m not being tested for COVID-19. Not yet. I’m giving blood. I give blood ...

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Life & Style • Published March 12, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Trivial Matters

It’s getting later in the evening and the tension is peaking. We’re all leaned forward, eyeballing each other and whispering. Do you know? No? Do you? I might. Really? Okay, what do...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 13, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Ray of Hope

My phone buzzes as I’m on the couch with a scary novel clutched in my hands. I jump a little at the sound. My heavy quilt falls to the floor as I reach for the phone. While I’m...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 16, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Close Call

It starts innocently enough. My mom’s phone rings and she picks it up.Then my phone rings at work. I pick it up.When I hear my mom’s voice on the other end say,...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 12, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Holiday Hiatus

Untangling Christmas lights isn’t my favorite job, but to tell you the truth, I don’t mind doing it. It’s all part of my Christmas decorating ritual.It’s...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Do You Like Scary Movies?

Swiftie and I like scary movies so we go to see It: Chapter 2. The movie is frightening, but real life ends up being more unsettling than what’s on screen.We get our tickets ...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 10, 2019 12:01 a.m.

It’s About Time

My alarm goes off and it’s pitch black outside. My hand flops like a fish next to the clock. I can’t reach it. With a grunt I prop myself onto my elbows, scoot up, and roughly palm...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 12, 2019 12:01 a.m.

My Old School

A couple of columns ago I wrote that I had a high school reunion coming up and that I wasn’t going to go. Well, I lied.I drive from the relatively cool shores of the Connecticut...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 15, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Wendy’s and Wine

It’s a summer sunset. Cola and I are saddled up at an outside bar. She turns to a gorgeous man next to her and says, “Hey! Hey! What’s your name?” She flashes a...

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Life & Style • Published July 25, 2019 12:01 a.m.

If the Shoe Fits

Summer has always meant a lot of great things. Sunny skies, beach roses, barbecues. The best thing about summer is and always has been kicking off my shoes.As a child I would take off my...

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Life & Style • Published June 13, 2019 12:01 a.m.

What I Won’t Do This Summer

Summer on the shoreline is glorious. There are many things I know I will be doing and I’m really looking forward to them all. I’ll be boating, eating softshell crab, watching sunsets,...

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Life & Style • Published May 20, 2019 01:04 p.m.

Spring Forward

I’ve done that terrible thing again. I’ve fallen asleep on the couch watching TV. It’s one o’clock in the morning and I wake up feeling like the Bent-Neck Lady from The ...

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Life & Style • Published April 11, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Game of Scones: Part II

In my previous column I wrote about attempting to crash a reality TV show. The show is about a restaurant renovation and the weekend plays out like a medieval fantasy quest tale, complete with...

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Life & Style • Published March 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Game of Scones: Part I

Crashing a reality TV show was never an item on my bucket list. Nonetheless, I can now cross it off. You never know what can happen here on the shoreline. Sometimes it only takes a little journey...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Mommie Dearest the Car

There’s a really old, really awful TV show that was around before I was born called My Mother the Car. In the show a man’s car is possessed by his deceased Mom and wreaks...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Post-Holidaze

When I go Christmas shopping, I find more things for myself than for anyone else. I know this is selfish, but it’s the way it goes. I like a lot of things.In my favorite shop there...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 13, 2018 12:01 a.m.

A Tale of Two Dollhouses

The best Christmas present I ever got was a dollhouse. It was the same height as I was and built by my mother. I remember opening the wide doors as a seven-year-old and not fully comprehending...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

A Toast to the Host

There are those who have and those who don’t have. There are those who do and those who don’t do. At this time of year, there are those who host and those who don’t host....

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 11, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Unplugged

It’s one of those shoreline days that looks like a movie. The Sound is flat calm and boats lazily roll through the water. Clouds dot the sky in little lumps or gauzy strokes like cotton...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 20, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Goth Girls

She walked in wearing all black and sporting spiked hair and multiple earrings. I was standing there in a purple short-sleeved sweater sporting a pageboy bob. This girl is going to hate me, I...

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