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Third Annual Writers’ Weekend

By , April 23, 2014 5:57 pm

Wondering how to protect your writing against unauthorized use? Are you just trying to get started freelancing? Looking to self-publish?

Sharpen your pencils and charge your laptops…the third annual Writers’ Weekend at the Mark Twain House and Museum starts on Friday. There will be a keynote conversation, book signings, workshops, panels, and reading series throughout the weekend.

Here’s what the schedule looks like:

Friday, April 25

6:00 pm — Welcome Reception

7:00 pm — Keynote, Meg Wolitzer

8:00 pm — Book signing with Meg Wolitzer

Saturday, April 26

10:00 am — Workshops

How to Become a Tough Broad in Six Steps and Three Pairs of Custom Made Shoes

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By , April 19, 2014 4:01 am

Gown worn in “Adam’s Rib”

Whether or not women should “lean in” or close the “confidence gap” are debates of the moment, but this fretting should have been settled decades ago.

Do you or someone you know need help figuring out how to be a tough dame? Turn to Katharine Hepburn. She was:

  • Sent home from school for wearing pants. Went back the next day wearing pants. How did she get the confidence for this? Mom (Katharine Houghton Hepburn) telling the school, basically, you leave the parenting to me, could not have hurt.
  • Later, when the RKO studio tried to get her to stop wearing slacks, she made a point by walking out in her underwear.
  • Did her own stunts, including when she was in her later years. Grew up in a house (133 Hawthorn Street) where the family had a zip line installed. Coincidence?
  • Got busted in college for smoking in her dorm. Drove around Hartford without a license.
  • Had a reputation for being prickly and defiant. . .
  • Earned twelve Oscar nominations and won four of those times. Continue reading 'How to Become a Tough Broad in Six Steps and Three Pairs of Custom Made Shoes'»

Burns Hot Fundraiser Brings Actors to Frog Hollow

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By , February 17, 2014 7:53 pm

Actor-director Griffin Dunne with actor John Leguizamo

Griffin Dunne and John Leguizamo drove up to Hartford during Saturday’s snowfall for an evening conversation to benefit the Burns Latino Studies Academy. Continue reading 'Burns Hot Fundraiser Brings Actors to Frog Hollow'»

Parking Ban to Be Lifted at Noon

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By , January 3, 2014 9:14 am

Those of you who bothered to get your cars off the street, congratulations. You will be able to move them back after noon today. Everyone else, enjoy digging yourselves out. Continue reading 'Parking Ban to Be Lifted at Noon'»

Lifelines Not Pipelines

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By , August 21, 2013 5:48 pm

The roadside memorials and prayer vigils serve a purpose no doubt, but neither gets at the root of violence.

This morning, the faith-based PICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign brought a more radical message to Hartford.

“If a black kid on this side of Hartford got shot,” Teny Gross suggested,  treat the situation the same as if “the president of Trinity [College] got shot.” Continue reading 'Lifelines Not Pipelines'»

Changing Standards, Assessments in Public Schools

By , August 12, 2013 10:22 am

Weeks before school resumes, nobody seems to know what assessment will be used in the upcoming year –the CMT/CAPT or new Smarter Balanced. Continue reading 'Changing Standards, Assessments in Public Schools'»

Newfield Avenue Detour

By , April 2, 2013 6:10 pm

Travel lanes were recently reduced in the area of Flatbush Avenue to accommodate CTfastrak construction. Now motorists will be re-routed through a shopping plaza parking lot for approximately one week. The detour is set to start on April 8, 2013 at 5 a.m. Beginning on April 4, 2013, the traffic pattern within Charter Oak Marketplace will change to allow detours.

Scenes from the Sidewalk: Installment 49

By , February 17, 2013 6:13 am

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This sign was found on a Park Street bus shelter

 

When the Plows Don’t Show

By , February 10, 2013 9:36 am

Frog Hollow residents began shoveling a path the width of a van down the middle of a one-way side street on Sunday morning. What started with a lone shoveler quickly snowballed into a community effort. Continue reading 'When the Plows Don’t Show'»

A Little Brilliance and Vision

By , December 2, 2012 9:39 pm

The takeaway from The Connecticut Forum on Saturday evening: if you want to be regarded as having vision and brilliance, you have to be given options in life.

Both Neil Gaiman and Neil deGrasse Tyson remarked that being able to work in the fields where their interests and talents could flourish is what enables them to be seen by others as visionaries. Though she did not say it, Neri Oxman‘s choices as a young adult exemplified this. She began pursuing one degree and was three years in before realizing that it was not for her. Had she not made the switch from medical school to architecture, her contributions may have been less groundbreaking.

Hearing this truth from these well-respected individuals, one is left to wonder– are all youth empowered by our society to explore their dreams and talents, or is their vision and brilliance potentially squashed by pushing them toward filling workforce demands?

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