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Steve Fagin

Going straight to Hell (Hollow)

Likely given that name because the area is shaped like an enormous bowl, and because colonial farmers found the rocky, swampy soil devilishly difficult to till, Hell Hollow has inspired a number of ghostly, ghastly legends.

Rick Koster

Rick's List - Same Old Song and Dance Edition

Stop me if you've heard this one before ... In June, 1982, at the Texxas Jam in the Cotton Bowl, Journey headlined a bill that included Santana, Sammy Hagar, Joan Jett, and Point Blank. I lived in a house with several other bandmates and a roadie, and some of them attended the Jam because...

Steve Fagin

'sno fun without snow

Though modest in size — only about 17 acres, with a half-mile trail (that we looped around a couple times) — Knox Preserve in Stonington has expansive views of Fishers Island Sound to the south and Quiambaug Cove to the east.

Carol Sommer

Gifts for body, mind, and spirit

The Mitchell Isolation Hospital on Colman Street in New London was completed in 1914, thanks to a $100,000 donation by Annie Olivia Tiffany Mitchell. Today the hospital is gone, but its former nurses’ dormitory still stands on Walden Street.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — Covering Congress Edition

On Wednesday evening, after the New Right Mardi Gras rolled through the United States Capitol Building, I sat down with my wife to watch events unfold. As we waited for the Capitol and its grounds to be secured and the members of Congress to return and verify the electoral votes...

Steve Fagin

Barn Island: Lessons from nature and history

Barn Island is an extraordinary place to visit in any season — a sprawling expanse of coastal forests, tidal flats, sandy beaches, lush meadows and rocky uplands.





Rick Koster

Rick's List — Year In, Year Out Edition

... And now is the time for my annual, year-end checklist on how well I did in terms of adhering to my New Year's Resolutions for 2020. 1. I vowed to buy a two-year gym membership and never set foot inside the facility. Check. 2. I...

Steve Fagin

Wash away 2020’s woes with an icy plunge

For better than half a century, madcap celebrants have kicked off the New Year by running from Mystic and leaping into the frigid water of Fishers Island Sound — a shared splash of jubilation and zaniness that prevailed during more...

Dr. Jon Gaudio

What is 'forest bathing,' and why is it good for you?

Researchers in Japan tell us we should do something called “forest bathing,” a technique scientifically proven to activate our immune system.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — Santa Recap Edition

When I was 24 and in a band called Tropical Otter, we were playing in an East Dallas bar on Christmas night. This is not particularly unusual as, typically, night clubs and cinemas do big business Christmas evenings because families are sick of a...

Steve Fagin

The joy of dining al fresco

Just because the weather has turned colder and snowier, it doesn’t mean we must only eat indoors. After all, fresh air enhances any meal.

Robert Tougias

Pine siskins are well designed for extreme cold

In the far north, where the evergreens are now heavy with snow, there lives an inconspicuous and finely streaked bird called the pine siskin.