Late last November I arrived in Granby, and I couldn’t be happier.
I grew up in Trumbull and raised my family in Stratford, but when a fire in 1997 destroyed our home, my husband and I sent our daughter Melanie off to UConn and moved to Harwich, Mass., on Cape Cod, where we lived for 24 years. In December 2021, I found myself a widow with no family nearby.
My cousin has lived in Granby for decades, so I was familiar with the town, and my daughter and grandchildren, who live near Albany, N.Y., would be much closer if I made Granby my new home.
While living in Stratford, I taught English literature and writing, first at Sacred Heart University and later at the University of New Haven. On Cape Cod, I spent more than a decade as a journalist.
Seeing the call for volunteers in the December issue of The Granby Drummer, I knew that when the dust settled and I was ready to contribute to the Granby community, I would stop into the office and ask how I might help. Rita and Jen welcomed me with open arms, and I left with a huge smile, having agreed to bring Familiar Faces, a popular column that I wrote back on the Cape, to Granby. Thank you, John and Pat Horr, for agreeing to be my first “victims!”