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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.


The Kent Memorial Library begins its centennial celebration with a history presentation on Jan. 29. Photo by Lans Christensen

Bringing to Life the History of a Century-Old Library

The Kent Library Association in Kent, Conn., begins the celebration of its 100th birthday with the staged reading of “Bricks and Books: A Dramatized History of the Kent Memorial Library,” on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. in the St. Andrew’s parish hall in Kent.


Winter is the season of citrus. Oranges are abundant and if you don’t eat them all, the leftovers make festive and wonderfully fragrant decorations. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Orange You Glad You Didn’t Throw Out Your Citrus?

’Tis the season for big bowls of oranges on side tables, where you can easily reach and peel and eat one while you’re reading a book by the fire or drinking cocktails in the living room before a dinner party.


Dawn Trachtenberg invites clients to her 5,000-squre-foot home furnishings warehouse in Ashley Falls, Mass., to help find the right design elements to “stage” or design their home. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Why It Helps To ‘Stage’ a House If You Want To Sell It

It used to be that, to find their dream home, buyers would settle into the car of a real estate agent and drive around looking at properties with “for sale” signs on them.


An expensive gift becomes less pricey when it’s a gift for everyone in the family. One such option: A mini printer that works with your smart phone. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

For Love of Ivy: My Beloved Mini Printer

Here’s an idea for something everyone in the family will love and should in theory be able to share: A Canon Ivy mini printer that works with your smartphone ($98.99).

I bought one a few weeks ago and I’m completely in love with it. I’ve already bought two for friends.


The flowers are gone now at Topsmead State Forest in Litchfield, Conn., revealing the structures behind them. It’s a perfect time for a day trip. Photo by Debra A. Aleksinas

Discovering the Secrets of a Summer Estate — Now That Autumn Has Arrived

Fall and winter usher in new seasons of beauty and tranquility throughout the 510-acre Topsmead State Forest in Litchfield, Conn., whose crown jewel is an elegant yet understated circa 1925 English Tudor-style cottage.

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