Food tip — Ben & Jerry's Chillin' the Roast Ice Cream

  Food tip Ben & Jerry's Chillin' the Roast Ice Cream I don't drink coffee. What, then, explains my enfatuation with virtually any type of coffee flavored ice cream? I'm a kook. Thanks be, then, to Ben & Jerry...


Sunset with the Tuesday Night Paddlers

Is there any place on earth more stunning right now than this very spot?

Rick's List -- Annual Halloween Edition

We think of certain things or activities as being “wastes of time.” They are not worthy of our energy or even contemplation. More and more, observing society both at large and in the pinball game I like to call my immediate...


Upcoming concerts and shows

Martin Short, Steve Martin — Feb. 16 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $65-$251

Weezer, Pixies — March 16 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $60-$95

Third Eye Blind — Dec. 15 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale now; $39.50-$79.50

Bowzer's Rock 'N' Doo-Wop Party — Jan. 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Monday; $25, $35

Patton Oswalt — March 2 at The Vets, Providence; tickets on sale now; $39.50-$69.50

Walk the Moon — Feb. 2 at College Street Music Hall, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $35-$40



Girlfriend is convinced that partner's parents dislike her

DEAR ABBY: Recently something has come up in my life that has pushed the shaky relationship between my girlfriend, "Linnay," and my parents to the front burner. She insists they do not like her. Because of it, she rarely speaks...

Need continues for self-help support for families in crisis

DEAR ABBY: It’s been several years since you have mentioned Because I Love You (B.I.L.Y.) as a resource for parents in crisis. What is happening to our groups — as well as similar ones — is a decrease in...

Mother's empty-nest syndrome becomes an unhealthy fixation

DEAR ABBY: I am suffering from a depression I think many mothers experience when they become empty nesters. Although my husband is supportive, I miss my 18-year-old so much that sometimes I'm tempted to drive to his college in...

Grown child keeps meetings with ex-stepfather a secret from mom

DEAR ABBY: When I was in my first year of college, my mother divorced my stepdad. "Charlie" was part of my life for 12 years, but since their divorce, she insists I have no contact with him. Charlie visits the state where I now...

Wife irked as man reconnects with old partners on Facebook

DEAR ABBY: My husband has an extensive sexual history. He has had sex with more than 80 partners. All the encounters were when he was in high school and in his early 20s. Most were one-night stands with female friends. When...

Boyfriend would rather party with friends than stay home

DEAR ABBY: I have been dating my boyfriend just over a year. We live and work together, which I enjoy. He, on the other hand, expressed from day one that all he asks for out of our relationship is "space." I'm fine with that, but...

Your stars Oct. 16

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Stay on course. Completion should be your target. There will be plenty of time after you take care of your responsibilities to revisit something you need more time to mull over. Don't make a snap...