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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.

The creche on Bethlehem’s town Green is the centerpiece of the town’s two-day Christmas Town Festival, which will take place this year on Friday evening, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4. Photo by George Murdock

All Roads Lead to Bethlehem: ‘Connecticut’s Christmas Town’

Named after the birthplace of Jesus, Litchfield County’s little town of Bethlehem lives up to its reputation as “Connecticut’s Christmas Town.” Each year, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, thousands of visitors from near and far converge on this quaint, rural community of about 3,500 residents to partake in beloved holiday traditions.

Even a simple walk in the woods can have hazards. A few precautions (such as wearing bright orange clothing) can help keep you safe. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Think Pink (and Orange) During Hunting Season

Autumn is a time when I think of the color orange,not only because of the falling leaves and not only because I associate the fall and winter months with eating citrus fruit but also because it is now hunting season and it’s important to wear orange if you’re out in the woods.


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