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Like almost everything in 2020, Thanksgiving will be different. To combat the pandemic, local governments are urging families to gather in smaller groups. Supermarkets are stocking up on 12 to 15 … more
According to Jane Gangi, a Mount Saint Mary College education professor, “To develop healthy identities and become proficient readers, children must see themselves in books. All children need both … more
THE HOLIDAY GIFT COLUMN, A TAD EARLY TO ALLOW FOR… MAIL ORDER? SEARCHING? I DUNNO…WEAR A MASK IF YOU'RE OUT, PLEASE, TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER. THE GOLFER'S CAROL by Robert Bailey (Putnam). … more
Trying to get ready for our Black Friday Sale next week has got me running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I said that today to a few of my staff and the older staff member new … more
The first snowfall has me setting up my crockpot and thinking about all the comforting and rich foods I am about to indulge in next week. With the hectic holidays arriving shortly, I wanted to … more
On a Sunday months before the pandemic, I took a bus from Monticello to New York City to spend some time with friends. The ride was uneventful except for the guy seated behind me spending the … more
When I started this column yesterday I wrote that so far my family and I are only experiencing inconvenience and minor disappointments. Since then I learned that my grandson's girlfriend has the … more
Where has this fall gone already? We are half way through November, and I can't believe black Friday is only two weeks away. Deer season is already in full swing and after spending a lot of time … more
BLAND FANATICS: LIBERALS, RACE, AND EMPIRE by Pankaj Mishra (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). A collection of essays by one of those “public intellectuals” the column admires; a new one, here. For … more
There is no getting around it. We all have gas. Despite the introduction of electric vehicles, most of us still need gasoline to run a car. The process of buying and pumping gasoline into your … more
Sitting with others eating lunch always intrigues me. What are they eating? Do they have any great recipes? A great friend of mine is a vegetarian and always brings in such inspiring and creative … more
This past year gave me a chance to pause and reflect on everything we take for granted. Our routines were forced to change, as were basic daily interactions. Hopefully, you do not take your favorite … more
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