Lisa M. Smith

Lisa is a jack of all trades: a writer, photographer, an instructor of English for the Connecticut Community College System, and a professional writing tutor at a private Connecticut college. She lives in East Hartford with her two dogs and two sons (not necessarily in that order). Her blog and photography can be viewed at http://www.farfallaphotography.com

Latest Articles

  • Tips for Safe Paddling
    The sea is calling your name. You’ve got to become one with the water and chase the horizon. Regardless of whether you’re a novice or expert, there are some important things you should be aware...
  • Is It Safe to Jog During a Hot Summer Day?
    When the hot summer months approach, as a novice jogger you may be concerned as to whether it’s safe to jog in black flag weather (a military term warning of temps 90° and above). Rest assured...
  • Sand, Surf & Doggie Treats: Dog-Friendly Beaches
    You feel the weather slowly warming. You begin the countdown to Memorial Day weekend, which means beaches will be open and ready for business. But you feel guilty because your beloved canine cannot join...
  • Time to Shut It Down and Wrap It Up
    Your garden has fared well during the summer, but now that fall is here, it’s time to shift and adjust to a different kind of maintenance; one that will prepare your landscape for the spring. According...
  • You Want To Pick Your Own?
    You wouldn’t be a true New Englander unless you scurried to a local farm to pick your own fruits and veggies. There are plenty of charming farms in Connecticut that reflect the quintessential spirit of...
  • Handle That Boat!
    You may be an experienced boater. You may think, “I don’t need any advice on how to handle my boat.” Yeah, okay, I get that, but every boat is different, even boats of the same type from the same manufacturer...
  • Do You Know What River You Should Paddle In?
    How do you know what river you should paddle in based on your current level of experience? Well, the experts that be came up with a rating scale called the International Scale of River Difficulty. This...
  • Know Water Conditions Before Paddling: Plan, Plan, Plan!
    It’s always good to know water conditions before you decide to ride white foam. Think about it for a second: if you were planning long distance travel wouldn’t you look up traffic conditions, how long...
  • Self-Rescue When Paddling Goes Awry
    The seas can sometimes be a rough place, making a good time difficult. We all know Murphy’s Law: anything that can go wrong will go wrong, especially when paddling. However, if you’re prepared, through...
  • Winterizing the Exterior of Your Boat
    You had a great season run with your boat, didn’t you? But now it’s time to put her in dry dock for the upcoming winter. As diligent as you are about winterizing your car, you should be equally diligent...
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