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As a profligate book buyer, I have piles of tomes all through my home, each in various states of consumption. Three of my most recent purchases are memoirs. “Eat A Peach” by Momofuku chef David … more
In New York State, if your absentee ballot is postmarked by November 3 and received by November 10, it can be counted. However, with the deliberate disruption of postal service since Trump minion … more
We in New York State have something new this year: Early Voting, courtesy of the Democratic majority in our State Senate, which was voted in two years ago in the Blue Wave. Early Voting was … more
There have been many books written during the past four years about the perilous state of our Union. I've read quite a few of them, but none is more succinct and powerful than “On Tyranny: Twenty … more
I must admit that like everyone else, I am tired of dealing with the restrictions that Covid-19 has brought into our lives. However, there is no question that masks, handwashing, and social … more
This column is written in tribute to my late sister-in-law, Elsie Sagendorf of Schoharie County. Elsie was renowned for her pickling skills. No vegetable was too different or too difficult to … more
My granddaughter Adeline has been taking horseback riding lessons since this summer. She and her parents have been living up here in the country with me since March 13, leaving their home in … more
Callicoon was in the national spotlight, albeit indirectly, this week when longtime resident and actor Mark Ruffalo was honored with an Emmy for Lead Actor in a Limited Series for his dual … more
I feel sorry for all the teachers out there who are trying to teach in these unusual times. Whether they are trying to teach online, in person, or in a hybrid model, this must be a very stressful … more
Here's a fun fact: the woman who wrote the new bestseller “Melania & Me” was born and bred in Sullivan County. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff (née Batinkoff) lived in Ferndale. Hers is an … more
During these days of Covid, I have discovered a wonderful way to spend an evening: watching webinars. Some are free; others have a nominal charge, but all are designed to inform and keep our brains … more
Anyone in need of some mental exercise is welcome to try and help me figure out my auto insurance bills. I've received three in the last week. If you think that David Copperfield or David Blaine are … more
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