Tangled up in red tape   Published Aug 31, 2014
This is about how, when you retire — or are about to retire, or have recently retired, or semi-retired — you suddenly find yourself inundated … more ...
Protect the public interest   Published Aug 30, 2014
The watered-down version of a proposed anti-nepotism policy before the Meriden City Council would not have prevented the very situation that highlighted the need for … more ...
Learning about the influence of sleep   Published Aug 29, 2014
An expert on sleep disorders once asked me what my ideal sleep schedule was, as in, if I had my druthers, what hours would I … more ...
One way of getting to the nitty-gritty core of an area’s sports soul is to visit the local slo-pitch softball diamond, particularly when three town … more ...
In sinc with the Wrangler   Published Aug 26, 2014
Something is the matter with our Jeep Wrangler. Her “check engine” light has been going on a lot since our children and grandchildren left camp. … more ...
Sorry you asked?   Published Aug 24, 2014
Mr. Smarty-Pants is back to answer your questions, no matter how foolish or ill-considered they may be. Mr. Smarty-Pants welcomes inquiries from all readers, both … more ...
Some Strauss & Geography 101, please   Published Aug 19, 2014
The coming of the football season has always been a treasured segment of the sports calendar to me. The humidity of summer departs and the … more ...
More crank letters   Published Aug 17, 2014
Mr. Smarty-Pants is back to answer your questions, no matter how foolish or flaky they may be. Mr. Smarty-Pants welcomes inquiries from all readers, both … more ...
Two rituals remain at Mooseview   Published Aug 12, 2014
There are two big deals here at Mooseview Camp. There used to be three, but since four grandchildren have out-slept the early-morning Meme Walks, the … more ...
Where the accent lies   Published Aug 11, 2014
I was in southern Maine, bound for northern Maine, as Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trading deadline dawned. And with that fine-tuned radar that all Red … more ...

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An incident occurred at the American Legion Northeast Regional Tournament in Middletown Friday that I believe is worthy of mention. Immediately after a victory, one … more ...
High tech for the low-tech   Published Aug 10, 2014
The term “radiotherapy” never meant much to me. At best, I could picture some victim (excuse me: patient) strapped to a table in the middle … more ...
Court secrecy too much   Published Aug 9, 2014
The lack of transparency in the case of a Southington teenager accused of manslaughter in the fire that killed 19-year-old Kristen Milano has been troubling … more ...
Beyond stats, history   Published Aug 9, 2014
Derek Jeter’s climb up the all-time Major League Baseball hits list reveals an interesting discrepancy in the numbers and the difficulty of comparing players from … more ...
Vermont is way too scenic   Published Aug 3, 2014
I used to think Connecticut was too small, but that turns out to be wrong. A recent study shows that Connecticut is just about right; … more ...
A tenor for all time   Published Aug 1, 2014
Carlo Bergonzi died recently at 90, a notable event for yours truly because he happens to have been my favorite operatic tenor. I have tons … more ...
Mystery of the five ducklings   Published Jul 29, 2014
They stop near the shore, look up at me, and I look down at them and say, “Well, hello there. So happy to see you!” … more ...
Vinegar & brown paper?   Published Jul 27, 2014
My all-time favorite crossword puzzle clue appeared in The New York Times quite a few years back: “Refrain from farming,” five letters. The answer, of … more ...
Tales of another world   Published Jul 25, 2014
This week marks the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on … more ...
The enduring picture that stays with me from the Cheshire-Trumbull American Legion baseball debacle Wednesday is Adam von Fischer sitting alone in the far corner … more ...
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