Losing Weight


Losing weight isn’t easy—and doing it in a healthy, sustainable way can make the task feel even harder.

What should you eat, or not eat, to get to or remain at a healthy weight? Here are some clear, easy to understand resources.

Summer Programs at The Hartford Stage

The Hartford Stage

Ages 9-15

One-Act Play

August 1-12

Young actors will hone their skills with training in the basics of acting and improvisation while working toward a production of the hilarious sci-fi spoof Attack of the Pom Pom Zombies.

Ages 5-8

Children’s Cast

(Please note: to be eligible for the Children’s Cast, students must have completed Kindergarten)
Session 2: July 18-29
$550 per session
$995 for both sessions

Students will take classes in story theatre, creative movement, music, puppetry, and arts and crafts, and go on a weekly field trip. Each session ends in a mini-production that the cast creates based on favorite stories and characters.

Summer Bookends

Session 1: August 1-5
Session 2: August 8-12
$300 per session
$550 for both sessions

Close out the summer with drama and fun! Students will explore literature from summer reading lists through acting, musical theatre, creative movement and arts and crafts.

Ages 3-5

Day Dreamers

(Please note: our Day Dreamers Program is for Pre K students only.)
Session 2: July 18-22
$175 per session
$300 for both sessions

Our youngest artists will enjoy a half-day of creative movement, music, story theatre, and puppet play!

I asked if there were scholarships available.

Yes, we do have financial aid available for qualifying families.  We want our programs to be accessible for all members of the community, regardless of their income level.  We offer scholarships on a sliding scale, based on the Federal HUD guidelines.  Based on income levels (and proof of income is required), we have 50%, 75%, 90% and 100% scholarships available.  Any interested families should contact me at the office at 860-520-7244 and I would be happy to talk over our classes and send them a scholarship application.

Thank you so much for your interest- I hope some of your families can join us this summer!

Best wishes,

How Important is Organic?

How Important is Organic?

According to some people, everything needs to be organic. Others, who may have budget challenges, should choose which foods are most important to buy organic. For examples, bananas may not matter as much as apples. Why? Because you eat the apple skin and that is where the pesticides are found. Banana peels are thrown away.  Here are a few fruits and vegetables which should be bought organic if possible:

  • celery
  • bell peppers
  • stone fruits (peaches, nectarines)
  • berries
  • salad greens

Here are some that are less susceptible to pesticides:

  • cantaloupe
  • carrots
  • avocado
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • bananas

For more information read HERE  (organic) and HERE (non-organic).

Labels like “Felon” Are an Unfair Life Sentence

Labels like “Felon” Are an Unfair Life Sentence

Lately, the Obama Administration and others on the local level have come to recognize that the words used to describe those who have offended against society, the vocabulary of incarceration, matter. The way we discuss people can interfere with their ability to reintegrate into society. The demands we place on them and the identity they are assigned often prevents them from acquiring employment and housing, two strong factors in preventing recidivism. Read more here.



What Happens When Ex-Offenders Return to Our Communities?

What Happens When Ex-Offenders Return to Our Communities?

States may also elect to opt out of some of the federally mandated collateral consequences for some convictions. For instance, people convicted of drug offenses are, according to federal law, not permitted to receive some “welfare benefits,” or to live in federally subsidized housing. This is a special problem for the families of the felons, because they are then faced with the “choice” of receiving these benefits and turning away from the stigmatized family member, or losing their subsidized housing. This is hard on families and removes from ex-offenders important support systems that enable them to successfully come back into the community and remain out of prison. States are permitted by Congress to opt out of these penalties, but their legislatures need to formally affirmatively enact laws to not have those sanctions applied in their state.  http://issues.org/32-1/the-effects-of-mass-incarceration-on-communities-of-color/


Barack and Michelle Speak

Barack Obama Said…

I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas. I was raised with the help of a white grandfather who survived a Depression to serve in Patton’s Army during World War II and a white grandmother who worked on a bomber assembly line at Fort Leavenworth while he was overseas. I’ve gone to some of the best schools in America and lived in one of the world’s poorest nations. I am married to a black American who carries within her the blood of slaves and slaveowners – an inheritance we pass on to our two precious daughters. I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins, of every race and every hue, scattered across three continents, and for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible. Watch the entire speech in the sidebar.

Michelle Obama Said…

Michelle Obama gave her last commencement address as first lady at City College of New York. She stated, “This is not who we are. That is not what this country stands for, no. No, here in America we don’t let our difference tell us apart — not here,” she said, as she bashed narrow-minded people who “tell us to be afraid of those who are different.” She continued, “They seem to view our diversity as a threat to be contained rather than as a resource to be tapped … They act as if name-calling is an acceptable substitute for thoughtful debate: As if anger and intolerance should be our default state rather than optimism and openness that have always been the engine of our progress.”

“All of you know for centuries this city has been the gateway to America for so many striving, hope-filled immigrants,” she said, adding that the school has long been a place where students “didn’t have to hide their last names or their accents.”  Watch the entire speech in the sidebar.

Bail Reform Dead for this Legislative Session

Bail Reform Dead for this Legislative Session

According to the Hartford Courant, in November 2015 Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called for an overhaul of the state’s bail system. “Many jurisdictions have begun to reconsider whether existing bail systems are fair and just since many started to think whether can you be denied bail, which eventually reduced the crime rate and it is time that we do the same in Connecticut,” Malloy wrote in a letter sent to the Connecticut Sentencing Commission, which reviews criminal justice policies and makes recommendations to lawmakers. “People who are not able to post the amount of bail required to get out of jail on such a low bond – typically just a few hundred dollars – are people who most likely have no job and no support network,” Malloy wrote. “A large proportion of these people are nonviolent, low-level offenders who would be able to get out of jail if they had a credit card, or a friend or family member who could loan them the small amount of money required to do so. Many are homeless, drug addicted, mentally ill and unemployed. They are also often veterans.” (Note “A School for Suicide” in the sidebar about 19 year old Kahlief Browder who had been held for 3 years without trial because he could not afford bail. He was charged, but never convicted, with stealing a backpack. He committed suicide on June 6, 2015.) However, the bill died in committee in June 2016. Read more here. 

The Widowmaker Repents

The Widowmaker Repents

After decades of dysfunction, one church publicly confessed its mistreatment of former ministers.

Roving journalist Charles Kuralt once called Madison, Indiana, “the most beautiful river town in America.  For decades though, the beauty masked an ugly truth. One of Madison’s key congregations was rife with toxic church politics that hurt and expelled minister after minister. Four successive pastors had come and painfully left the congregation. The church earned a reputation—in their town and denomination—for backstabbing and hypocrisy. That’s hardly news. But unlike many similar stories, there’s more to this church’s tale.

For more, read here.  (I know this isn’t your church, but perhaps someone you know attends a church like this.) Thanks, Jane Fisler Hoffman, for this story.