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I have to share a couple of cute stories from the past few days before I get into plants this week. The first one has to do with the last snowstorm we had two weeks ago. I just happened to be at … more
With winter behind us it is time to put away the snow shovel, ice scrapers and bags of ice melt pellets. After months of snow, we welcome the green grass and the first buds waiting to become leaves … more
The other columnists I enjoy are Jeanne Sager’s Inside Out. She lives right down the street from me in Callicoon Center, appreciates country life, is an animal lover and shares some of the same … more
I took the job because it paid cash and required only four hours a night. A long shimmering gown was the mandatory attire. Since I didn’t own one, I simply sewed a ruffled blouse to an equally … more
How Do Variable Annuities Work?A variable annuity has two phases 1) An Accumulation Phase and 2) A Payout Phase. This week our discussion will cover the Accumulation Phase and next week the Payout … more
Ocean State by Stewart O’Nan (Grove). O’Nan is often attentive, as here, to working class life, which it’s clear he knows; he lives in it with us. I don’t recall another … more
They were 1,300 miles away and a good half century removed but that mattered little to the folks in Boynton Beach who came to hear me talk about the Classic Catskills. I was speaking at Valencia … more
There is something so comforting about a spicy pasta dish. It is perfect for all seasons, and such an easy weeknight meal. Often I will make some sort of pasta dish with a few basic ingredients and … more
So we have busy planting in our greenhouse since last week. We have now planted all the berry bushes and although most people are familiar with blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, gooseberries … more
Sometimes I have trouble remembering where I put my car keys. However, I seem to be able to recall jingles from commercials that have not aired in many years. “See the USA in your … more
I’m at home ‘swiffering’ the kitchen (a Swiffer is a type of dusting device) when the phone rings. It’s Finn, an old friend from Ireland. One could say the ‘Donald … more
All suspense, all the time (we sometimes have weeks like this, don’t we?) The Cage by Bonnie Kistler (Harper). Regular readers will surely remember the dramatic moment a few weeks ago … more
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