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The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner (Atria). What? A warm-hearted but sharp-eyed family novel by Jennifer Weiner, with Summer in the title? Who saw that coming? Well, we all did, of course, and … more
Welcome to summer, or so it feels. Once again we are on a roller coaster of spring weather. We had spring weather this week, mid-summer weather this weekend and back to spring weather next week. At … more
To paraphrase an old song “Zippity do dah, Zippity Ay, My, oh my, I hope my mail comes today.” The U.S. Postal Service has taken steps over the years to try to facilitate their motto. … more
It was sort of a spur of the moment decision, prompted by an ad I spotted in the Sullivan County Democrat - Mother’s Day Brunch at Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club from 9AM-3PM. There were … more
I have read of five emotional stages that people will go through before and during retirement: Imagination. About 10 years before retirement, you begin to dream about that period of leisure … more
My grandmother, Lina Dreher, was sixteen when she kept this diary. Her father, my great grandfather, was a talented German baker who rescued bakeries in NYC and NJ, and then sold them for a profit. … more
Since the time I have left on this earth is becoming shorter and shorter, I am trying to make the best use of it as I can. One rule I have which I am finding hard to follow is to not read anything I … more
The Fervor by Alma Katsu (Putnam). Versatile, inventive Katsu here again ingeniously places her supernatural horror fiction within a historical event. Which is, in this case, one that has been … more
I got to see my babies this week and I’m telling ya, no mother could be any prouder. You love them, nurture them, try not to smother them — but you never really know how they’re … more
Recently my fiancee and I took a trip with some friends to The Junction Roscoe. If you haven’t been yet, I highly recommend visiting. I had been hearing all about their famous “smash … more
After the frosty start we had to the week, it is nice to see that the weather is improving and warmer days are in the forecast for the next week or so. That doesn’t mean that you … more
When I was growing up our house had one telephone. It was conveniently mounted on a wall in the kitchen to be accessible to everyone. We had a 7-digit number that was easy to remember. Little did we … more
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