The Overprotected American Child – WSJ

Why not let them walk to school alone? Parents and communities are figuring out ways to give their children more independence—and it just may help them to become less anxious, more self-reliant adults.
— Read on


Sights of Waterbury – Cherry Street

Ever notice how much beauty surrounds you when you take a moment and pay attention? Beauty is nearly everywhere, as long as you look close enough. Take these sights around the City of Waterbury.

This mural was found near the intersection of Cherry Street and Camp Street. The Mural is painted around the walls of the Pride Cultural Center.

I particularly enjoy this mural because it showcases a powerful message that’s as relevant today as its always been.

Vote, Believe It. One Vote Can make a Difference.

The powerful and colorful image is painted on a deteriorated, cracked, retaining wall in a very worn out part of the city. I cant help but wonder how others interpret the juxtaposition of such a message being displayed in a part of town known for needing the much help.

While researching this mural I encountered an article by the New Haven Register titled

Outdoor murals that inspire, instruct gain respect of passers-by as public art

WATERBURY — Out of concrete and paint emerges art. Out of this art rise stories, tourism and lessons in history.

Here’s an excerpt from the article, and the corresponding pictures, as of March 2018.

The cornucopia of color wraps around the PRIDE building, up a side street and creeps back to street level on the walls of neighboring Gabe’s United Tyre.

“We started this here way back in the 1960s during the war on poverty,” said Kay Wyrick, youth adviser for PRIDE, an organization she founded in 1967. “I thought it was a great idea because in them days, the community was run down and looked bad.”

Each mural illustrates a story or lesson that Wyrick hopes passers-by heed.

Black figures and leaders, like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stare from a Mount Rushmore-esque mountain on one of the center’s doors.

On the front of Gabe’s United Tyre, a young black girl tugs her elders toward a polling place in a bygone era. The scene continues around the corner, where Union soldiers in blue uniforms stand guard on the wall.

I didn’t grow up in this city, but it’s quickly become my home. I invite you to stop on by, or merely take notice of the public art displayed in your own community and share it with us, we’d love to see your neck of the woods.

Broadway at the Witchdoctor Brewery

Whats up everyone,

Just a few weeks ago Raquel and I visited Broadway at the Brewery, a fundraiser by the Southington Community Theater taking place at Witchdoctor Brewing Company.

The goal of the event was to fundraise for the Southington Community Theater, and to enjoy craft beer, gourmet grilled cheese, great vocal performances, all for a good cause!

This was our first time attending this sort of event, and our first time at Witchdoctor’s brewery. We were not disappointed!

First off, the location was beautiful. I know that’s subjective, but I like exposed brick, industrial and rustic settings, and this place fit the bill.  Continue reading “Broadway at the Witchdoctor Brewery”

2017 week 1 Giants vs. Cowboys

Quick rant. Coach McAdoo hasn’t mcAdone nothing about our offense in three years. He’s been in New York since the 2015

Ron Jenkins | AP Photo

season, and he was responsible for the offense for all of these years. Here’s the rub… the Giant’s offensive line is offensive. They aren’t opening running lanes, the quarterback has zero time to make reads and throw the football, and the running game has yet to kick in after all these years.

Understatement of the year: having a running attack is crucial, because without it, your team is a one-dimensional puzzle that is easy to solveContinue reading “2017 week 1 Giants vs. Cowboys”

Crockpot Jambalaya Recipe

Crockpot Jambalaya

Here’s a crockpot recipe you might enjoy if you like spicy meals. I used vegetables from our garden, and bought some from our local organic farm.

Basically, you combined all of the ingredients into a crockpot. Cook for 5 or so hours, and stir every 2-3 hours. Continue reading “Crockpot Jambalaya Recipe”