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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
Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 21, then grab the kids and head out for a special day at the Sullivan County Youth Book Festival! From 10:00 to 4:00 outdoors at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public … more
My grandmother, Lina Dreher, was sixteen when she kept this diary. Her father (my great grandfather, an immigrant to this country) was a talented German baker who rescued bakeries in NYC and NJ, and … more
Two Heads: A Graphic Exploration of How Our Brains Work with Other Brains by Uta Frith, Chris Frith, and Alex Frith; Illustrations by Daniel Locke (Scribner). Oversized (a bit past 7” x … more
Since we are endorsing the “No Mow May” movement and everyone is going to have dandelions blooming this week, I thought I would let you know of a few uses for dandelions. I got a … more
It is finally beginning to feel like spring has sprung in Sullivan County. The trees are starting to show the green tint of leaves. Flowers are poking through the ground. Songbirds are actively … more
Is There a Final Thought on Annuities?Annuity income is guaranteed for life, no matter how long you live. It’s pretty comforting to retire with an income that you know will always be there. … more
“I’ve already told your sister,” begins my 88 year-old mother, Nancy, who’s not laughing, “My wedding dress is in the attic in a trunk. The only one it will fit is your … more
A Tiny Upward Shove by Melissa Chadburn (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). What a first novel! Chadburn is an established essayist, but has made no fiction that I know of before this novel. It’s … more
It was nice to see folks enjoying Earth Day last week. Many of you took part in some Earth Day activities. Plant flowers. Play golf. Go for a walk. I hope you got to appreciate Earth … more
The pandemic causes stress, depression and anxiety for many of us. Being confined to your home brought brain numbing isolation. I miss watching a movie on a theater screen surrounded by strangers. I … more
If you're anything like me, you might not have known what ramps were until a few years ago. Thanks to my Aunt Laurie, who has a wild patch behind her yard, I was able to forage a few ramps two years … more
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