A path worn by many passing feet leads to a large stone. Take a left. From there, rows of newly planted native crab apple trees reach across Nettleton Preserve — a Newtown Forest Association property. They stand amid remnants of an existing orchard choked by invasives and overgrowth. NFA Vice President Bart Smith last Tuesday, a clear and sun-filled November afternoon, stepped through old meadow growth where short stalks of goldenrod still bloomed to look at one of the 26 new trees going in. The new and old trees will create a flowering orchard, he said, meant to provide “a place of quiet reflection.” A dedication will take place in the spring.
Anyone who has ever owned a dog has most likely lost it — even if just for a few minutes — and felt that pang of panic. How did they get out? Where did they go? How will I find him? Dogs are lost in a variety of ways. Most of them escape from their home or yard enclosure when their owners aren’t looking. Some are lost accidentally by others or stolen, but most just escape. The more they escape, the more you become uber vigilant about keeping those escape artists home.
On one of our first Thanksgivings as a married couple, my husband and I decided to host his parents for the holiday. The thing is, we were pretty strict vegetarians at the time, and there was no way a turkey was going to grace the table. We rationalized that if need be, we would be able to catch a fish, so we settled on grilling a whole salmon for the Thanksgiving Day feast. This was also early on in our grilling careers, so the timing and skill behind that art added just a tad to the anxiety we felt. I wanted to impress my new family, and I wanted the meal to be one that they would recall with pleasure — despite the lack of a golden brown turkey as the centerpiece.
Residents of Charlotte, N.C., gathered recently for a special ceremony in a park that features a playground built to honor those killed on 12/14. This time the gathering was to formally dedicate a sculpture, The Sandy Hook Memorial Tree, which was created as a permanent memorial for 26 people most in Charlotte had never met.
Sandy Hook native Ashley Petersen started 26 Days of Kindness two years ago, encouraging people to do something to honor the memory of the 26 children and educators who were killed 12/14, for 26 days in a row. Each day is dedicated to one of the 26 victims. The third annual 26 Days of Kindness begins today. The first suggested honoree is Sandy Hook School first grader Jessica Rekos, a Girl Scout who loved selling Girl Scout Cookies, and who loved horses.
New England’s woodlands stand naked now with all their fine summer attire strewn across the forest floor by an October fatigued by its own flamboyance hurrying off to bed. Darkness arrives early and lingers late to cloak the scene, the prudish emissary of a cold, dispassionate winter on its way. At the margins of the day, dawn and dusk throw up a cool blue scrim that blurs perceptions and blends shadows with substance. So when we venture out to the barn to deliver the day’s recycling or to retrieve wood for the evening’s fire, we set our awareness to high-gain, and we carry a big stick. We worry about bears.
A recent performance of "‘Night Mother," the current production by The Brookfield Theatre of the Arts, left the audience in tears. The highly charged Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Marsha Norman emanates the pain of depression and loneliness as it examines the depths of the fundamentally fraught mother-daughter bond. Jessie, played by Stacy-Lee Erickson Frome, is a middle aged single mother whose only occupation is to oversee, manage, and execute every aspect of the care of her mother, Thelma (Meg Jones). Thelma is disabled in some way, and requires much assistance with her small, daily life. The two have lived together for years in this capacity, passing the days in the doldrums of domesticity while having minimal contact with the outside world, or each other. Despite the closeness of their living quarters, Jessie and Thelma are not close. Much has been left unsaid and unexplored over the years. This is a brave and beautiful work of art in every regard, and there is just one more weekend to experience it. Don’t miss it.