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The death of the Nut Museum curator came very quietly on Jan. 28 in a nursing home a few minutes' drive from the mansion in Old Lyme, Connecticut, she had still hoped to reclaim. But Elizabeth Tashjian, the painter and sculptor who became nationally famous for her double-entendres about nuts, craziness, and body parts, would have wanted everyone to notice. At 94, she had said she wasn't ready to die.
Miss Tashjian was a textbook example of how difficult it is to deal with the destitute, particularly in a wealthy community where the destitute person was once wealthy, and has...

written for The Day

After the 25th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, I went looking for my old prisoner-of-war bracelet. It was tucked in a folder of childhood papers.

The stainless steel band with "Capt. Richard G. Morin, 12-20-68" looks exactly as it did in the early 1970s. The layer of nail polish still protects the black painted letters.

The bracelet cost $5 in 1972. I bought it against my mother's strong wishes. She told me she thought the bracelets exploited soldiers. Was it respectful, in fact, for a seventh-grader in Shetland sweater and culottes to sport the name of...

written for The New York Times

IN the mid-1950's, Roger Tory Peterson moved to a quiet hill in Old Lyme, where, until he died in 1996, he worked intensely on the bird guides for which he was famous.

Last spring, after Mr. Peterson's wife, Virginia, died, an ornithologist visited the more than 60 acres where the Petersons had lived. He was stunned at how many birds he saw. It wasn't just that the Petersons put out feeders.

“Even calibrating for that, there was just a plenitude that was the upper 10 percent of the scale,” said Pete Dunne, vice president for natural history...

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