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We all know by now that I really love vineyards. My Italian roots run deep, and as an Italian, I believe a good glass of wine is good for the soul. Don’t take my word for it, however, read some of the studies on red wine and how it may help with the longevity of our lives. Paired with chocolate, I’m pretty sure we’ll all be living a pretty nice life as we… Read More

Get ready. Remember the year that it was brutally cold in Connecticut? Okay, well it’s always cold in Connecticut, but I’m talking more so than usual. I’m talking about when the weather of the North Pole makes its way to our state and people begin to stock up on heated blankets and snuggies rather than the bread, eggs, and milk. The Polar Vortex is coming back, and I know that you just… Read More

They say one way to take the chill away is with a fine glass of wine. Maybe two. Maybe three. Either way, I can’t argue with that. As winter ramps into full gear, there’s no better way to take away the winter chill other than a visit to a local Connecticut winery. Surprising, isn’t it? Many local wineries aren’t known to be open through the winter months. If you were to mention… Read More

There’s no doubt that this has been a long winter for us in New England. The days were cold. The nights were even colder. The snow was, well, let’s not even talk about the snow. The fact of the matter here is, that sometime after forty inches, we grew anxious for spring to come, and quite frankly what was another couple of inches on the ground this past week in Connecticut to… Read More

Faith in humanity is restored when stories like this reach the inbox. The sixth annual Starlight Dinner Dance to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be held this Friday March 8th at The Pontelandolfo Club in Waterbury, CT. Since opening it’s doors back in 1962, the hospital has an average of 260 patients passing through it’s doors each day, which averages out to a total of 5,700 patients annualy. An impressive… Read More

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” -Albert Einstein The recovery process since my motor vehicle accident has been a long one. Each day, there seems to be a new bump in the road of life. Through it all, however, I have found a great sense of therapy taking in the fresh air as I hike along the trails by my Torrington, CT home. It is here that… Read More

Okay. So recently Connecticut has been labeled a sad state in terms of state rankings based on tweets. This study just so happens to come from one of the happiest states, Vermont. Now, generally I would agree whole heartedly about particular areas of Connecticut being just downright miserable. Those in the inner cities and larger metropolotian areas seem to be the most stressed out, and for good reason. Violence plagues those areas,… Read More

It is said that in times of disaster we all come together. No matter what our past circumstances with eachother were, we put those differences aside and work together and build stronger bonds. This couldn’t be any more true for a family in Granby that has sadly lost everything in a house fire. Everything that they had built their entire lives with is now burnt down to the ground. Poof. Gone. Just… Read More

What is it about art that seemingly takes us to a world away? Art is funny like that. We stare at it. Admire it. Laugh at it. Think about it. In the end, we get lost in it, and as we do we find ourselves almost in a parallel universe. Why, you could almost find yourself taking a mini vacation. Okay, but without the sound effects. There’s one artist I really admire,… Read More

No one ever said life was easy, but it sure is interesting! This week has really been just that for me. I was dealt some pretty bad cards just before the holidays, but I’m really making the best out of a bad situation. After all, isn’t that what you should do? It all began the morning of Friday December 14th. May we all never forget that day after what had happened in… Read More