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FAMILY IN SIX TONES by Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Cao (Viking). An extraordinary, inspiring joint memoir. A couple of smart, strong, and strong-minded people, here. The mother a Vietnamese American … more
When I was 10 years old, I didn't believe in God. I attended Sunday school at what was then called the Dutch Reformed Church in Callicoon Center and had the little pin we received for perfect … more
Happy Fall, everyone! I don't know about you, but fall and winter put me in the mood for chili and casseroles. I remember as a little girl my mother would make just about every casserole there is … more
Professional sports are back with covid modifications. Baseball teams are only playing 60 games with various rule changes. Basketball also has a limited schedule and all players are housed in a … more
ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Frederik Backman (Simon & Schuster). Backman is yet another famous and beloved writer that the column has overlooked. He's out of the ordinary in a number of ways, all of which help … more
The cool nights are starting to change our summer season into the colors of fall, red, orange and Goldenrod. Ah yes, the bane of many people with seasonal allergies, Goldenrod is abloom throughout … more
If you're anything like me, you stayed home, ordered take out, and didn't do much during these past few months of quarantine. Do I regret supporting small businesses? Absolutely not. But do I want to … more
“Milk comes from contented cows.” The Carnation company in 1907 used that slogan to convince Americans that a better quality of milk came from cows that leisurely grazed on lush grasses. Then the … more
On September 3, the Roscoe Free Library is 100 years old! We celebrated with ‘Curbside Cake On A Plate' last Saturday by setting up a tent and serving cake to anyone who drove by or walked up. It … more
ANALOGIA: THE EMERGENCE OF TECHNOLOGY BEYOND PROGRAMMABLE CONTROL by George Dyson (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Okay, so the title is nearly meaningless, and the subtitle might scare you teeth-clenching … more
Driving this past holiday weekend, my wife Vicki, commented on how much firewood is just sitting there in the woods along-side the road just rotting. We heat with wood all winter long, and she just … more
He's beautiful, smart, loyal and a comedian. I'm so glad my neighbor, Kris, talked me into taking this cat. When I go outside, he goes with me and sticks by my side while I'm out there. When I go for … more
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