Tag Archives: Nancy McNicol

For Breakfast

The title of Breakfast Served Any Time All Day, a 2004 book of essays on poetry by the late US Poet Laureate and Hamden native Donald Hall, is a metaphor for the rich and comforting ways poetry can fill …

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Walking on Water

By 1 p.m. Saturday, roughly 30 of us had gathered at the designated meeting spot, a stone’s throw away from the Grand Avenue Bridge’s eastern barricades. …

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Stone of Heart

The little old kitchen had quieted down from the bustle and confusion of midday; and now, with its afternoon manners on, presented a holiday aspect that, as the principal room in the brown house, it was eminently proper it should

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Wild for Life

A day at a normal veterinarian’s office is filled with a procession of household pets—cats and dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, perhaps a ferret or even a bearded dragon. At Branford Veterinary Hospital, patients also include raccoons, woodchucks, squirrels and any …

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That’s Him!

“The Art Institute was yesterday afternoon the scene of a delicate and interesting experiment, upon the result of which a personal reputation may be said to have rested and certainly upon which the merit of a work of presumptive art …

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Dogs’ Day

Most of us who have welcomed a dog into our families, ideally via adoption, aren’t much concerned about the purity of their genetics. And yet, every non-pandemic February around America’s break rooms and water coolers, attention turns…

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Holding Horses

Mary Santagata is a woman who, to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw by way of Robert Kennedy, dreams of things that never were and says, “Why not?” In 2010, Santagata opened All the King’s Horses Equine Rescue in Northford, a sort …

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Stone Turned

It was 1822. The population of the United States had just crossed 10 million. James Monroe was in his second term as president, having won all but a single electoral vote. In New Haven, cattle-grazing had been banished from the …

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