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Life & Style • Published Feb. 16, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Germ Warfare

This particular column is brought to you courtesy of the man in front of me at Stop & Shop who open-mouth coughs then wipes his nose with his hand before touching anything and everything....

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 12, 2017 12:01 a.m.

The Gothfather

The Gothfather paces the stage in a black moto jacket, black jeans, and black boots, his guitar hanging over one shoulder. “David Bowie. He’s dead. Get used to it,” he says as ...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 15, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Party of the Year

A funny thing happened after the election. No, not really.I’m not much of a Facebook person. I post once in a while, take a quick look around, and leave. It’s like taking a...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 10, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Once in a Blush Moon

My phone rings.I call Auntie later on and state, “My phone rang.” This is my shorthand for “something awful has just happened and I need to talk to you about it....

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 13, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Machines Gone Mad

It’s fitting for this time of year that many things in my life seemed to have become possessed. I’m reminded of the movie Christine. The only good thing about...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 15, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Crazy Days of Summer

The song goes that in summertime the living is easy. I disagree. Summertime is when things go into high gear. Lazy days of summer? More like crazy days of summer.The Shoreline here in...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 11, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Just Chill

Is there anything more glorious than taking in a shoreline sunset by sea? Island Girl and I are on a boat courtesy of a very nice guy who offers us an impromptu ride. I swear the best things...

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Life & Style • Published July 14, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Critters

It sounds like a line from an Alfred Hitchcock movie. “I have to get the corpse off the front porch before the visiting nurse comes!” I say.This is not as bad as it sounds....

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Life & Style • Published June 16, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Voices

I know I’m not the only one. Everyone has that inner voice that speaks at various times. Sometimes it utters a fleeting, instructional phrase such as, “Stop for gas” or...

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Life & Style • Published May 12, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Bad Dad Jokes

There are times when life stretches out on top of you like a big thundercloud. Damp, heavy, smothering. There’s an illness in my extended family and we’re all heartbroken. In the...

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Life & Style • Published April 14, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Rites of Spring

Ah, the annual rites of spring. My favorite rite is hearing the peepers call from the swamps. When I hear them for the first time, I roll down my car window, slow down, and take a deep breath as I ...

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Life & Style • Published March 10, 2016 12:01 a.m.

The Demise of the Dive Bar

I’ve always had a fascination with dive bars. I don’t mean your slightly run-down neighborhood brew pub, either. I’m talking brown fiberboard paneling, dust buffalos lurking...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 11, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Weekday Matinee

Sometimes life becomes a movie. Or at least seems like one. It’s a normal day at work, busy in a good way. A co-worker returns from her lunch...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 14, 2016 12:01 a.m.

A Cookout for Christmas

I know I’m not alone in thinking this. As I walk in the air that smells of spring, I keep thinking how this is this the oddest Christmas season in memory. No snow. No Jack Frost painting...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 10, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Digging Out the Ornaments

It’s time for the annual trek up my rickety ladder to grab plastic bins of Christmas stuff from the attic. Then it’s back down the rickety ladder balancing bins and hoping I...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 12, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Alice in Alumniland

It’s been many years since I visited my alma mater, the University of Connecticut. I’m told it’s different now. However, when I leave one brisk fall morning to meet with two...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 29, 2015 10:13 a.m.

Trick or Treat?

Funny thing about perception, it makes all the difference.I think about this a lot as the leaves fall and Halloween approaches like a spider dropping from the ceiling. Some people view the...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 10, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Fear Factor

Some people are afraid of spiders. Some can’t deal with heights. When my Uncle Jake saw a snake in our yard once when I was a kid, he had to have a lie down for an hour. I’m not a...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 13, 2015 10:53 a.m.

End of an Era

I am 14 again.When I hear the news that my favorite gathering spot will be gone, I cry. I feel like a jerk for doing so, but sometimes these things can’t be helped. It’s been...

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Life & Style • Published July 16, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Family Tripping

My niece takes a selfie on a plane headed to Vegas. My nephew is in the background grinning widely. They’re on a summer trip with their parents to explore the wild, wild West.This is ...

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Life & Style • Published June 11, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Phone, We Need to Talk

Hi, Phone. We need to have a discussion. A serious one. There are some things that have been bothering me for a long time, and I know you’re all about communication. So, let me communicate...

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Life & Style • Published May 14, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Time Machine Music

It’s my birthday, and I’m at a place that promises music. My friends and I are toasting to the endless continuation of my 30s. I don’t plan to end my 30s until my 80s. There...

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Life & Style • Published April 16, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Party Like You’re 93

I somehow manage to go to some really great places. One day I go to a pub that’s in someone’s house. That’s right. A pub. In someone’s house.It’s been...

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Life & Style • Published March 11, 2015 12:01 a.m.

The Shortest Month

There's a reason February is the shortest month. It's so everyone doesn't end up killing each other. Not only has this been the coldest February on...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 11, 2015 12:01 a.m.

The White Walkers

Another winter, another Storm of the Century. "Winter is coming," is what they keep saying on Game of Thrones, which I am currently binge-watching and obsessing over. Last summer ...

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