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Does anyone really become a writer without the influence of others upon their lives? Certainly, not me. We all have stories. It’s putting them on the page that needs careful consideration. I … more
A friend came up to me at a recent 5K race and asked me if I ever run. I reminded him that I compete as a walker. So, no, I don’t run. I walk. It’s what we walkers do. If I did run, … more
I’ve published my upside-down Shepard’s pie previously in the paper, but it is such a staple for me in the upcoming fall months and I can’t get enough of it. Please enjoy this … more
It is apple season and they seem to be everywhere this time of year. Many trees are ready for picking and they are loaded this year. Mother Nature is providing for her flock for the winter with a … more
My addiction to trying to solve word games began in elementary school. In the library I saw a copy of “Highlights Magazine.” Holding my blue Crayola crayon, I flipped through the pages … more
My grandmother, Lina Dreher, was sixteen and working in the family bakery when she kept this diary. She has one brother, Joe, and six sisters some of whose names are mentioned. Lina’s excited … more
Last week I was away a couple of days at a buying show for lawn and garden products for next spring. Usually this just means buying items in advance that we know we will need and getting an extra … more
 As I do each year, I celebrate my birthday by writing about my feelings on aging. Although my 86th birthday was five days ago, today is also my birthday. Are you confused? Don’t be. Every … more
This is a one-tray pasta dinner is similar to the crock pot method: throw all raw ingredients into a single tray, pop it in the oven, and let it rip!  One-tray pasta dishes have become so … more
My son Michael and I spent a glorious two weeks in Callicoon Center, part of which led up to my 1951 Jeffersonville High School class reunion on August 27th. Our friend, John Bale, who once lived in … more
I’m walking across the Callicoon Bridge hoping that a large vehicle doesn’t traverse it at the same time when, not one, but two gigantic buses turn the corner. The bridge shakes, as my … more
The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford (Atria). Some- thing like an epic, in the description, but fast and fun to read and as much future fiction as histo ical: it’s set in 2045, or at … more
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