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Merrill House writer-in-residence Ryan Chapman to discuss satirical prison novel

Ryan Chapman. credit: Beowulf Sheehan

Novelist Ryan Chapman, the current writer-in-residence at the Merrill House, will discuss his first book and ongoing work at an online event Saturday.



Hygienic to reschedule tonight's 'The f-stops Here' reception

Because of the expected bad weather and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Hygienic Art has decided to postpone the opening reception of the exhibition "The f-stops Here" that had been set for tonight. Hygienic will update the public...

Early Music Society hosts Cocktails, Conversation and Concert Friday

The Connecticut Early Music Society presents their annual Fall Benefit Concert as their inaugural virtual presentation at 5 p.m. Friday. The event kicks off with "Cocktails and Conversation"; join in as Early Music's artistic director Ian...


A winning recipe for election cake

What will we be doing the week before the Nov. 3, 2020, election? According to Dr. Walter Woodward, professor of history at the University of Connecticut and Connecticut State Historian, it might be good to make a cake and, possibly, win an...


Rick's List - Lemon Edition

"This is a stupid year." That's a quote from the Roman Emperor Justinian 1, referring to 542 A.D., when he had the unfortunate luck to be in charge when a plague wiped out between 25 and 50 million people — or a quarter of the...

An Old Lyme conservationist’s legacy endures

“A hidden gem!” declared Maggie Jones, director emeritus of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic.



New mother is on her own when it comes to child care

DEAR ABBY: My stepdaughter is married to a very selfish man. They have a newborn baby, and he refuses to help her with the baby. He claims that because he works, he isn't obligated. She cares for the baby 24/7 and does all...

Widow's adult kids begrudge her dating family friend

DEAR ABBY: I was married for more than 30 years and have two grown children. The marriage wasn't perfect, and I admit there were times when I badly wanted to walk out the door. My husband was charismatic and talented, but he was...

Changing a diaper causes family friction at baptism

DEAR ABBY: My sister-in-law "Brenda" often takes it upon herself to change a baby's diaper during social gatherings with family. She never bothers to ask the baby's parents if it's OK to do this, and they never solicit her help.

Parents disapprove of new boyfriend of different race

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 22-year-old woman who was adopted. I recently started dating an amazing man who happens to be of another race. My parents, whom I love very much, told me that if I stay with him, they will disown me. They have...

Careless son-in-law leaves trail of chaos in his wake

DEAR ABBY: My son-in-law "Kirk" has issues with closing doors, kitchen cabinets and refrigerator doors. Three times my daughter has had to throw out food because it spoiled. He doesn't close cereal boxes, bags of candy or chips,...

Late-night smoking clouds neighbors' sweet dreams

DEAR ABBY: My family and I bought a house in a nice, quiet, safe neighborhood three years ago. What we didn't know prior to moving in was that our next-door neighbor sometimes smokes cigarettes. It rains eight months out of...


Your stars Oct. 24

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Put your energy where it counts. Do something to help your community or contribute to a cause that...