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January 2022

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Immersed In Nature

Within the last few decades, technology has certainly kept the pace buzzing. While access to a wealth of information on our phones certainly has its advantages, we’re also continually distracted and interrupted by the constant flow of emails, texts, and phone calls. […]

Reading the Cards

It’s Sunday, and I’m on a walk and casting about for something to do. A manicure? Nah. Hmmm… what’s this? A drop-in tarot reading? Why not?

I’d been seeing posts about tarot on Instagram and in articles here or there. This year, Dior […]

Make January a Jump-Start

The holidays are over. The lights will soon be coming down. The dreariness of January, February, March, and – yes – even April looms like a black hole of bah humbug. And yet, this seemingly dreary time of year in our beloved […]

Homegrown Leadership

In a letter to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson once wrote “Agriculture … is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to wealth, good morals and happiness….” and, as he sat overlooking his famous gardens from his home in […]

Word on the street is…

Concerned Citizens Rally Against Tree Removal at Housatonic Meadows

As Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) pushes forward with plans to cut down centuries-old trees at Housatonic Meadows State Park in Sharon, CT, concerned citizens and public officials are raising questions about the decision-making process that has already allowed for some 200 to be felled. On Tuesday, [...]

Molinaro Announces 490 Acres Land Protected through Partnership for Manageable Growth

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro today announced Dutchess County’s Partnership for Manageable Growth (PMG) Program will provide more than $2.2 million to permanently protect four farms, preserving working agricultural land, and assist a community organization in converting the deteriorated former Bennett College property into a new community park. County Executive [...]

What’s happening on a Main Street near you

Being…Simply the Best

Being the Ricardos Luci and Desi. They were giants. Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem. They are legends. Aaron Sorkin. He’s an undisputed genius. Add together, mix well and roll out onto the screen as Being the Ricardos and the recipe holds up from start to two hour and five minute finish. It’s highly unlikely that many of us saw Being the Ricardos when it enjoyed its brief theatrical run in New York City in December of 2021 to qualify it for consideration [...]

A Big Slice of “Licorice Pizza”

Paul Thomas Anderson, writer and director (read “auteur”) of “Licorice Pizza” has a fondness of Los Angeles that infuses every scene of his latest film.  It’s 1973 in the San Fernando Valley – that vast string of bedroom communities north of the Hollywood Hills and Mulholland Drive.  During the 2 hours and 13 minutes of this “coming of age” study of two intriguing characters … more on them, below … the moviegoer will encounter such LA cliches as gas lines, waterbeds, over-the-hill [...]

Baking with Olivia & Caroline

January 2022 Recipe – Boiled Raisin Cake

Happy New Year! This month we’re bringing you the recipe for Boiled Raisin Cake, but don’t let the name stop you from making this yummy cake! This is a recipe that goes waaaay back to my paternal grandmother, Little Gram (1894-1993). She stood about 4’11”, hence the name. She would make this cake for the grandkids quite often due to popular demand. It’s an “oldie but goodie” as some say. It always seemed to grace the table this time of year along [...]

Wine of the Week

Simple and Affordable

I went looking for a simple, affordable wine that would give me a good vibe and also (hopefully) some good flavor. I went with farmhouse (lower case intentional). For less than $12, this California red has a lovely label with a block-print design of a farmhouse stamped against a brown-paper background the the words, "trust in nature, trust in yourself" on the front. It turns out that the structure pictured is an old schoolhouse on Green String Farm in Petaluma that serves [...]

Deal of the Week

Antique Colonial in Lakeville

441 Lime Rock Road, Lakeville, CT 06039 Antique Colonial 4 bedroom 1.5 bathroom 0.51 Acres 1,344 SQ FT MLS # 170446837 PRICE: $299,900 Well maintained four bedroom home with nice yard and paved driveway. First floor bedroom, large dining area, kitchen, living room and half bath. 2nd floor includes three bedrooms and a full bath. Large covered deck overlooks spacious back yard with plenty of room for gardens or play. Walk out basement. Shed for backyard storage. Paved driveway. Generator. Room [...]

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