Civil War memorial in Litchfield, Conn., about 35 miles west of Hartford.
It's the American way to stuff the ballot box. So do your part and vote multiple times for me in the Hartford Courant's best blogs of Connecticut contest. In a stunning development, John Banks' Civil War blog was nominated (thanks, mom!) for Best Overall blog (crazy!) and Best Education blog (bet they don't know I barely made it through West Virginia U.) Voting lasts until Friday, March 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET. First prize is a sack of gratitude, and I could use some of that to fertilize my lawn. Of course, reading this blog can be a life-changing event and perhaps raise or lower your IQ depending on which way the wind is blowing. Thanks for your support.