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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
So we received our first delivery of plants for the year on Tuesday. Now don’t rush in to buy any yet as these are bare root berry bushes that we pot up ourselves. This way we are not paying … more
We have many beautiful roads with scenic vistas in Sullivan County. I enjoy going for a drive to enjoy the views and distancing myself from the depressing reports about crime, covid and the conflict … more
A recent column by John Conway is one of my favorites of his. It was titled “The Ultimate Friendship” and was written about an African American super star basketball player, Maurice … more
What Factors should I consider between a Fixed Annuity and a CD?1. LiquidityIf you need access to the funds in a CD prior to its maturity date, you may pay an interest penalty ranging from 30 days to … more
Continued excerpts from my grandmother’s diary when she was sixteen. Her name was Lina. She attended high school and worked in the family bakery located in Times Square. They lived above the … more
The Revenge of Power: How Autocrats are Reinventing Politics for the 21st Century by Moisés Naím (St. Martin’s). “People love dictators,” said a friend aof mine, … more
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