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When driving up to the circa-1798 house, Charlotte and Kameron “Kam” Shahid saw the pretty stone wall, but couldn’t see all that was behind it. After walking behind the house and out to its neighboring river, they knew within five minutes they had found their home.

There’s no denying that life has changed quite a bit over the past 10 months, and as much as we would like to, we can’t predict how things will look moving forward. After all, if there’s one thing that 2020 has taught us it’s that we need to take things one day at a time. Beyond that, well, …

In Patrick Doherty’s work as a certified financial planner with the Danbury wealth management firm Reby Advisors, more than a few clients have mulled whether to call it a career earlier than they might have otherwise as a result of the pandemic, whether by choice or loss of a job. While the …

Marney White didn’t like exercising, but she knew weight-bearing exercise was good for her. So, she set a goal to only allow herself to watch TV if she also ran or walked on the treadmill. “I didn’t start to look forward to my daily exercise until I coupled it with trash TV,” says White, a l…

As community conservation manager for Audubon Connecticut, Ken Elkins is a big believer in the benefits, both ecological and aesthetic, of creating bird-friendly spaces in our backyards. The good news for those growing weary of yard work by this time of year is that many of the fall chores t…

Coming off a spring and summer of untimely Connecticut funerals — life celebrations to be sure as well — it seems a bit crass to be revisiting another bottom-line fact of life: the value some nameless actuary assigned your life or my own years ago in approving a life insurance policy. But I …

You did everything right 17 or 18 years ago — right? — in shoehorning that new 529 college savings plan alongside the mortgage, budget sundries, and a little mad money besides. And if you kept up with your contribution schedule, that plan did right by you in the historic bull market of the p…

When Dawn Pettinelli was a little girl, she would trail her grandmother around her garden, marveling at the beautiful flowers she grew. But aside from planting seeds and searching for worms, she thought little about the soil that nourished those flowers. That changed when she took her first …

Breathing, particularly nasal breathing, is having a moment. Consider, between COVID-19, the weak economy and political conflicts, we’re reminded to breathe deeply through our noses to lessen anxiety. And a new book on breathing quickly hit The New York Times bestseller list.

Odds are, you were not among the small percentage of those who absentmindedly or purposefully clicked through to one of the 29,000-plus malicious websites invoking coronavirus that were created in March and April alone.

We reduce, we reuse, we recycle and still landfills and trash incinerators in Connecticut and across the U.S. are bombarded with more than 167 million TONS of garbage each year. What’s an environmentally responsible Nutmegger to do? Investing in the creation of what Dawn Pettinelli of the UC…