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Jorma Kaukonen, 81, and Jack Casady, 77, no longer look the way they did on this album cover for Hot Tuna from 1998, but their voices and playing still sound as sweet. Photo from Amazon.com

Those Good Shepherds of Classic Blues: Hot Tuna Returns

This year has already been marked with the deaths of many beloved entertainers and public figures (up to and including the death of fashion icons Andre Leon Talley and Thierry Mugler and spiritual guide Thich Nhat Hanh).


Photo courtesy Stagecoach

Delicious Dinners in COVID-safe Conditions at Stagecoach Tavern

A few years back, I was the hostess at the Stagecoach Tavern on Undermountain Road/Route 41 in Sheffield, Mass., one of the truly most fun jobs I’ve ever had (and they give you dinner!). One of the signature delights of the Stagecoach was and continues to be owner David Rothstein, who has as many tales to tell as the days are long.


Madeline Schwartzman, disguised as a literal Laurel Queen, in a photo that is part of a show of her work called “Face Nature” at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Photo by Madeline Schwartzman

This Is Your Face, On Nature

If you were only to see the photos in Madeline Schwartzman’s new show at the Berkshire Botanical Society, called “Face Nature,” you might think she’s a very talented local with a quirky vision of one woman’s relationship with nature.


A verdant pastel by Marsha Altemus at the D.M. Hunt Library reminds us that it was once summer and it will be once again. Photo from Marsha Altemus

Works by Altemus, McKee at D.M. Hunt

A show of art by Marsha Altemus of Falls Village, Conn., and Roger McKee  of Lakeville, Conn., is on display until March 11 on the ArtWall at the D.M. Hunt Library in Falls Village. The artists will also do a Zoom talk on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 3 to 4 p.m.


Tiara Tyson dished up soul food at the Main Street, Torrington, restaurant opened by her sister last August: Tequanna’s Soul Food and Sweets. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Until It’s Safe to Travel, There Is Exotic Take-out Food

My friends are all making plans to travel the world again in the coming weeks. I’m still waiting until COVID-19 is less of a thing, so my travel plans for the moment mainly include forays to Torrington, Conn., which my daughter and I consider to be as exciting (in our lives) as Paris, France.


Ralph Nader’s American Museum of Tort Law in Winsted, Conn., uses Roy Lichtenstein-style graphics to explain famous David versus Goliath lawsuits. Photo from American Museum of Tort Law

Ralph Nader Shows Why Tort Law Matters

If Salisbury, Conn., resident Tom Morrison’s new book, “Please Pass the Tort$,” makes you want to learn more about laws designed to protect the public, perhaps it’s time to finally check out the American Museum of Tort Law in Winsted, Conn.

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