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Pleasant surroundings, good lighting, and a helpful assistant can make a home office a productive and peaceful workspace, even if it means a few errant extension cords. 

Photo by Pem McNerney/The Source

The Shortest Commute: Tips and Observations for Working from Home Newbies

Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

As I struggle to settle into a new normal, I realize I’m in good company—I’m just one of thousands across the shoreline who suddenly find themselves working from home these past few weeks.

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In Connecticut, Fear About Virus is Shifting to Fear About Being Jobless

Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

State Officials Outline Plans to Provide Relief, Encourage People to Stay the Course on Staying Home

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Staying Active in Quarantine

Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Your gym is closed. All of your normal fitness classes are canceled. It would be so easy to turn into a jiggly pile...

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Got Beer?

Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

A quintessential Millennial fridge always has beer. But if you need bread and don’t want to go out to the...

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More than 240 species of birds end up at Hammonasset Beach Park annually, including year-rounders and those returning north to nesting grounds. 

Photo courtesy of The Audubon Shop

Spring Bird Walk at Hammo Planned for June

Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Road, Madison is planning a spring bird walk for Saturday, June 13 from 7:50 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.

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Finding Things We Forgot About in the Freezer

Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Remember, Anything Can Be Dinner ...

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The Yale University Art Gallery collection aincludes a terracotta vessel by Chief Voania, who was the chief (mfumu ma kanda) of Muba, a village on the Atlantic coast in present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery

Major Reinstallation of African Art Galleries Coming Soon

Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Yale University Art Gallery is in the process of revamping its African Art Gallery.Among the works to be...

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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, Defiance during the Blitz by Erik Larson

Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Larson’s terrific new book is about Britain between May 1940 and May 1941.

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When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald

Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

I have a soft spot for heroes who aren’t the epitome of society’s idea of typical, so when Zelda declares she’s a Viking, I’m right behind her.

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Beheld by TaraShea Nesbit

Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

I hesitated picking up this book, thinking Pilgrim and Anglican settlers in early Plymouth Massachusetts might not be for me.

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

This book is absolutely delightful!

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Coo by Kaela Noel

Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Coo is a brilliant debut all about friendship, bravery, and how not all families are brought together by blood.

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This is Happiness by Niall Williams

Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

I don’t know why I so enjoyed this, but maybe that’s what happiness is about.

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The eastern screech-owl is an avid hunter of rodents, which are vectors in the life cycles of disease-carrying ticks. Don’t let the “screech” in its name put you off. Its usual nighttime sound is a soft trill. Photo courtesy of A Place Called Hope Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Center, Killingworth

When it Comes to Tick Control, Let Nature Lead the Way

Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

This article is the first of two on natural tick and mosquito reduction.

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Charles Wysocki puzzles are a favorite with many puzzle fans because of their complexity and because they feature idyllic New England scenes. Photo courtesy of www.charleswysockipuzzles.com

When Puzzles Are a Puzzle

Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

If You’re Craving a Problem You Can Actually Solve, Here Are Some Tips on How to Do That

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Long Wharf has canceled its final show of the year, The Great Leap. Photo courtesy of Long Wharf

‘Adversity Engenders Creativity’

Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

As Connecticut Theaters Struggle to Survive This Crisis, They Look to Creative Solutions, Support from Community

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Many area gardening stores are working to set up pick up and delivery options, and to set up their shops so that proper social distancing measures can be taken. Photo courtesy of Wendy Vincent

Digging into Spring Gardening from a Responsible Social Distance

Published April 01, 2020 07:00 a.m.

Looking for Some Joy? Relaxation? Stress Relief?

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Creating a Viable Path Forward for Employers and Employees

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Rapidly Shifting Response to Crisis Leaves Businesses, Employees with Great Deal of Uncertainty

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Members of the Connecticut National Guard are out delivering medical supplies, including personal protective equipment such as face masks and gowns, and respirators, to medical personnel. Still, supplies of personal protective equipment are low. Local police and fire departments are accepting donations, as is the state, of face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and other items. Photo courtesy of the State of Connecticut

How to Stay Safe and Healthy During the COVID-19 Crisis

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Stay Home. You Could Be Saving Someone’s Life

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Gefen Organic Red Beets

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

There are people who love beets and those who loathe them. This is just for those who, like me, adore them.

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In Times of Crisis, There’s Nothing Like Soup

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

As I write this column, I am using Tylenol to tamp down my fever that spiked to 100.4 last night.

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Robin Brace of True Bikram in Madison and New Haven is offering free Facebook live classes, and also is trying to set up classes through Zoom. Photo courtesy of True Bikram

When You’re Tired of Reading the News, Check Out These Options

Published March 25, 2020 07:00 a.m.

We all miss being out and about, and able to partake in activities like art museums, yoga, and fitness classes.

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Staying fit, even when you’re cooped up at home, is an important part of staying well. Privé-Swiss Fitness is offering a new YouTube channel, and an at-home fitness routine to help people stay fit at home. Photo courtesy of Privé-Swiss Fitness

Staying Fit at Home With the Help of New YouTube Channel

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Privé-Swiss Fitness, a fitness studio in Madison and Ivoryton, may be closed for now, but the folks there are not taking the time off.

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While it can be hard while the whole world seems like it’s going crazy, your goal should be to focus on positive thoughts and a restful home environment, says Alicia DeMartin, MSOM, LAc, a licensed acupuncturist at Privé-Swiss Wellness in Connecticut. 

Photo courtesy of Privé-Swiss Wellness

How to Keep Calm and Support ‘Righteous Qi’

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Stay calm? Yeah, right. How do you stay calm when it seems the whole world is going crazy?Well, we have an...

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Ellen Wasyl, an executive life coach at Privé-Swiss Wellness in Connecticut has some tips on how to stay connected, safely, as we move through this crisis. Photo courtesy of Privé-Swiss Wellness in Connecticut

Want to Stay Connected? Here are Some Tips

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Let’s face it, this whole self-isolating thing can quickly become a drag. Here are some ideas from Ellen Wasyl, MBA, CLC, executive life coach at Privé-Swiss Wellness in Connecticut, on how to stay connected with others during this quarantine.

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Helping Small Businesses Who Are Helping Us

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Small businesses along the shoreline and in the Connecticut River valley have been hit hard by the current crisis, and most of them, as of March 18, when the Living section went to press, were trying to figure out how to serve their customers while keeping everyone safe.

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Fromage also has instituted delivery and curbside delivery options for the wide array of foods and cheeses they have available. Photo courtesy of Fromage

Delivery, Curbside Pickup From Fromage

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

If you live in Old Saybrook, Essex, Old Lyme, Westbrook, Clinton, Deep River, or Chester, Fromage Fine Foods & Coffees, 873 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, is offering delivery with a $50 minimum order.

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Like many other small business owners, the owner of The Essex Market wanted to know how he could help his customers during this crisis. Photo courtesy of The Essex Market

Essex Market 'is Here to Help'

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

The Essex Market, 30 Main Street, Centerbrook, on March 18 posted this message:

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You can get sandwiches to go from Madison Cheese Shop, and you can opt for curbside pickup with pay over the phone. Photo courtesy of Madison Cheese Shop

Sandwiches, Hot and Cold, and More at Madison Cheese

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

In Madison, Madison Cheese Shop & Café, 119 Samson Rock Drive, Madison, is taking orders over the phone...

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Liuzzi is among many local businesses doing their best to stay open during this crisis. They ask that customers stay home if they are unwell, wash hands frequently, and consider their new delivery/curbside service when it goes into effect. Photo courtesy of Liuzzi

Keeping it Clean and Safe at Liuzzi

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Liuzzi Gourmet Food Market, 322 State Street, North Haven, says it will remain open until the state mandates...

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