Tale of A Train Ride South

Dave and I love train travel, and if the distance requires a sleeping car, all the better. When my friend-from-birth, Edie, invited us to meet her and her husband, also Dave, in Charleston, we were excited at the prospect of our first extended trip since Covid. Given the 820 miles Continue reading “Tale of A Train Ride South”

Letter: Support ALT Purchase of 18 Acres of the South Park Property

To the Editor:

We will vote in favor of the Aspetuck Land Trust purchase of 18 acres on South Park Avenue.

Town residents voted in 2008 to purchase the South Park Property with the goal of controlling and preserving the land and protecting the Mill River while relieving the town Continue reading “Letter: Support ALT Purchase of 18 Acres of the South Park Property”

Skip It or Go on That Hike?

It was our last morning after two nights at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY. Check-out was at noon, and our breakfast reservation was for 9:30. But Mohonk’s price includes free activities and equipment to guests, and the snowshoe hike with naturalist Michael Ridolfo at 10:30 Continue reading “Skip It or Go on That Hike?”

Letter: Response to Lea Sylvestro

To the Editor:

Reading the Jan. 24 column from Lea Sylvestro, I was struck by the similarities of my own experience. Growing up white in a white town, I was ignorant of the plight of the non-white citizens until I was confronted with Martin Luther King, Jr. My guess is that many Continue reading “Letter: Response to Lea Sylvestro”

A Covid Christmas: Caught Between the Lines

On Christmas Eve, I tested positive for Covid.

Mindful of the 5.4 million people worldwide who have died from the disease, I am grateful for mild symptoms. Still, I wonder: Who? When? Where did I pick it up? It’s impossible to know. Fortified by Moderna vaccines and boosters, we Continue reading “A Covid Christmas: Caught Between the Lines”

Column: Dinner at 5:30… Fingers Crossed

Never had we been so organized. The local Sylvestros were coming for an early Christmas gathering, and with three-year-old Eleanor and almost-two Taylor in tow. We’d planned a prompt 5:30 dinner to get them home and to bed on time.

Dinner gathering at Sylvestro house rekindles Continue reading “Column: Dinner at 5:30… Fingers Crossed”

Column: Connections and Cycles — A Visit to Rhinebeck N.Y.

While some seek sleek lines, bright lights, and austerity, Dave and I love the warmth of well-worn wood, a fireplace tarred with the soot of centuries, a bar bearing the imprint of innumerable elbows and pints, and the welcome of a friendly barkeep. With his deep-set eyes and hollow Continue reading “Column: Connections and Cycles — A Visit to Rhinebeck N.Y.”

Letter: David Bindelglass Has Our Vote

To the Editor:

Strong leadership is tested by crisis, and David Bindelglass bolstered and guided us through storms, the pandemic, and social turbulence. When health was of foremost concern, he championed Easton’s connection with the Westport/Weston Health District. His weekly letters Continue reading “Letter: David Bindelglass Has Our Vote”

Column: Our Woodland Neighbors

The bark of the fox was loud, close, and strident. Was it distressed? I ran downstairs to check, unsure what I would do if the animal were injured. I looked out the front window and scanned the road. No fox, but a bobcat sauntered down the path through the garden. I knocked lightly Continue reading “Column: Our Woodland Neighbors”

Column: Close to Home: Easton’s Open Spaces

Rows of town houses, one indistinguishable from the other, stretched as far as I could see from the road. Along the border of the development, a shopping center brooded like a castle atop a massive retaining wall.

“Check out the name on the sign,” my sister said, her voice conveying Continue reading “Column: Close to Home: Easton’s Open Spaces”