Hartford Drill Team is a Labor of Love

It had been four years since Gwen Morgan last coached a drill team. After 35 years, she had retired from the coaching scene, focusing instead on her day job as a bus driver in Hartford. But when she got a call from Jackie Thornton, a high school student in Hartford who wanted her help assembling…

The Ice Man Carveth: Ex-Chef Now Serves Up Frozen Artworks

Bill Covitz spends his days inside an 18-degree warehouse freezer wielding a chainsaw. As an ice sculptor running his own Waterbury-based business, Ice Matters, with his wife, Jen, Covitz says working inside a freezer is crucial. “Other ice sculptors carve outside, in the shade. They can’t imagine carving in the freezer,” he says. “I can’t…

Toasting 80 Years of Magic Moments at The Bushnell

“I tell people, ‘When I die, I either want to be in bed, with all of my family around, saying farewell, or I want to lie down in the aisle and look up at the ceiling at Mortensen Hall at the Bushnell,’” said Alan Schwartz of Avon. “That, to me, is one of the most…

Steve Almond Explains Why ‘Rock And Roll Will Save Your Life’

Author Steve Almond chronicles his obsession with music in his latest book, “Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life: A Book By and For the Fanatics Among Us (With Bitchin’ Soundtrack)” (Random House, $23), due out April 20. It delves into the impact that music has on everyone’s life, especially those whom Almond dubs “Drooling…

Smart Girls Do it Well: Young Women are Excelling in STEM

Women currently earn 41 percent of PhDs in STEM fields – that is, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – but make up only 28 percent of tenure-track faculty in those fields, according to a 2011 report published by the Department of Commerce. That same report says that women hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs…

Perfect Pup Finds Happy New Home

I got a dog. I woke up Monday, not responsible for anything but myself, and then I went home, dog in arms (and dog crate and dog bed and chew toy and leash and… you get the picture) wondering if the dog was really mine. It’s not as if he magically materialized or that I’d…

The Truth About Millennials: We’re Broke and Bitter

If I read one more “trend piece” trying to analyze “millennials,” I’m gonna scream. This story says millennials are so unable to stand on their own, they can’t stop texting their parents. This one says millennial women aren’t interested in having high-powered jobs. This one says millenials want nice things without having to work for…

How to Deal With Being Laid Off From Work

I’m just 25, but I’ve already been laid off from a job. To be fair, it was a newspaper job, which means I’m in really good company — newspapers are dying and blah blah blah. (In fact, a recent article said journalism is the worst plan of study for college students.) For me, it was…

Our Perfect Wedding

I’ve never been the kind of girl who spent her days dreaming of the perfect wedding. I dreamt of the perfect mate, and of all of the wonderful stuff that came ever-after, but the wedding, to me, was not important. Even as a teenager, writing stories where I could write literally anything I wanted into…