Category Archives: Northwest Connecticut


Nothing good, only bills, in the stack of yesterday’s mail I flipped through on my way back to the house. The Fall air was crisp. Columns of steam curled from the frost covered grass where rays of morning sun danced through the trees.

I sensed a presence long before I saw him blocking my path to the back door. Terror froze time. Our eyes locked. Does he smell my fear?  I thought of running but there was no place to go.  In seconds he could attack and I would be dead.

As if by an unspoken agreement of mutual respect, the bear turned to his right and lumbered down the hill to the next house.  His slick black coat glistened in the sunlight when he stood on his powerful hind legs and shook the pear tree with his front paws until a shower of fruit fell at his feet. Like a toddler, he plopped on his bottom and ate the pears one by one until his belly was full.

That was my first encounter with the Granddaddy of black bears who caused the neighbors to buzz.    Humans can purchase a piece of property, but do not own the Earth.  Nature’s creatures roam free.  Man is the intruder.

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Food- Family- Friends

It was a gloomy, rainy Sunday.  My husband, Roger, and I set off to find the perfect gift for a thirteen year old.  Not only did we find that we had no clue what thirteen year old boys liked, but we could not comprehend why they wore clothes that were three sizes too big.  When the monumental task was completed, it was time to fill our grumbling tummies.  Roger suggested we try a place that had been reviewed in the area newspaper, Quercibella Wood-grilled Food + Flatbreads in New Hartford, Connecticut.  My only regret is that all of my friends cannot experience the farm fresh, old world cuisine served with pride and love.  The restaurant focuses on flatbreads and salads, with dinner specials selected according to the market and what is in season.  Oak plank tables from California adorn the intimate space.  To all my Connecticut friends, if you want to experience a combination of Sonoma, CA and Northern Italy, give Quercibella Wood-grilled Food and Flatbreads a try .   Northwest Connecticut is a great destination for leaf peeping, skiing, tubing, antiquing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and entertainment.  Norfolk boasts of the Infinity Music Hall and Torrington is home of the world renown Nutmeg Conservatory and Warner Theater.  Check out Quercibella’s website at  In this world of cookie cutter chains, a restaurant that puts food, family and friends first is a breath of fresh air.