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It seems that the hills are alive with the sound of visitors up here in the Catskills. The Catskills, once thought to be moribund as a vacation destination, is flourishing. The influx of new … more
Well, these last few rainy days have brought all the leaves down, and the trees are looking bare and desolate. And the sun sets at 4:30 in the afternoon. A bit depressing, in my opinion. Thank … more
Amanda Ripley has written a book that our entire world needs to read in these fraught times. High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out is Ms. Ripley’s example-rich examination of the … more
My grandmother, whose column appears in the lower left-hand corner of this page, was a big fan of the kaffeeklatsch or coffee klatch. Although she never actually defined the term for me, I knew it … more
Remember the good old days, when you had to wait a week to see what happened on your favorite TV shows? With the advent of Netflix and other streaming channels, those days seemed to be over. They … more
When I was 16, my father and mother taught me how to drive on a car with automatic transmission. Soon after I got my license, however, my parents purchased a gorgeous red Ford Mustang convertible … more
When I was in junior high (grades 7 and 8), all the girls took Home Economics. All the boys took Shop. Now Home Ec has been renamed Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) and Shop is called the … more
A recent story on Facebook went viral when people shamed a huge corporation into doing the right thing. According to the Washington Post, on September 15, the Winter Park FL police department … more
I’ve been on a decluttering kick lately, inspired by the fact that window installers were going to have to go into my office and as of last week, that room was in competition for an episode of … more
Remember the good old days when television gave you a choice between six or seven channels? Up in Callicoon we could get Channel 12- a CBS affiliate out of Binghamton, channel 2-WCBS out of New York … more
This past pandemic year, I used all my credit card points (which I couldn’t use on travel) to get myself an Apple watch. Many friends and relations had gotten one and I finally … more
A new school year has begun. When I was a student, the first day of school meant freshly sharpened pencils, a new 3-ring binder, a pile of new notebooks, and so many beginnings. There were reunions … more
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