The Connecticut Oyster's Comeback

I’m not really sure when I started eating oysters, but it seems to me it was about the same time I met my husband, some 22 years ago. They really are an acquired taste (oysters – not my husband) – pretty hardcore, if you ask me – but once you’re hooked, they truly are hard…

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iPhone Envy and the Guilt-free Way to An Upgrade

I never wanted a “smart phone” in the first place but my husband surprised me  with a Blackberry  three years ago – basically becoming a co-dependent in what has become my ever-growing  email addiction.  I admit it:  At first I loved it, forever  hypnotized by the subtle vibration and blinking red light, indicating that I received…

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Horseshoe Crabs: An Appreciation

It’s pretty much undisputed that Memorial Day kicks off summer.  When I think of summer, I think of the beach.  And who among us hasn’t encountered a horseshoe crab while strolling along the sand?  Especially if you’re hanging out along the East Coast. I admit  I’ve always been a little fearful of those primitive crustaceans with their…

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Green Seafood

I spent a morning talking seafood with Tom Neal at Whole Foods in West Hartford, Connecticut.  Specifically, sustainable seafood and how do we ensure that we’re able to enjoy oysters, lobsters, clams well into the future.  This is a real concern of mine, given all the reports of overfishing, especially here in New England where I’ve spent…

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Gassing up with Algae

It’s true – in the future, you may actual gas up with a fuel that comes from seaweed or microscopic organisms that float in the ocean.  University of New Haven is in the midst of a research project that is pulling algae from Long Island Sound to test its potential to be turned into a biofuel.  I…

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Alternative Medicine

In my research for the Treading Lightly segments on All Things Connecticut, my final piece featured a Fairfield medical practice that offers Ayurvedic Medicine. This is an ancient form of medicine founded in India. It falls under the umbrella of Naturopathy – an alternative form of medicine that relies on natural remedies and the body’s…

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Danolas Productions Blog Debut

So it’s finally happening.  I’m up and blogging.  I’ve been anticipating this for awhile because I have so much going on! First and foremost, I’m working on my new show  “Shades of Green: New England” which features the most inspiring, passionate, authentic business owners you will ever meet!  Their mission: to set new industry standards…

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From the Green Files

In the “From the Green Files” segments,  there is information about leading a “greener” lifestyle – from tips on stopping the onslaught of catalogues and junk mail to safely disposing of batteries and hazardous waste along with some recommendations on “greener” products.  These are easy, hassle-free choices that go a long way toward improving the…

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2008 Telly Award for Film / Video

Telly Award: Bronze, Awarded to Christina DeFranco Taylor of Danolas Productions in Avon, CT

2008 Telly Award for Film / Video Winner: Bronze Bronze Telly Award for Danolas Productions’ Darkest Hours: The Crisis in Children’s Mental Health Care. DeFranco was the documentary’s Producer / Director / Writer / Host.

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