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I am a journalist who has had to write about suicide-related deaths.   I am also a person who deeply loves a person who died by suicide.   I tell you both of these things to make … more
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel with my daughter Liz, son-in-law Peter, and granddaughter Adeline to Universal Studios in Florida. This trip was a combination Christmas and birthday … more
Imagine my surprise when I went to my Amazon Prime Video channel this past week and discovered that they were now going to show ads while I watched shows unless I paid them an extra three dollars a … more
I nearly forgot to clear up one little mystery about our Christmas cruise from Vienna to Budapest that I teased in my first article about this trip.   While we were driving into Vienna from … more
I’m not sure when, exactly, I started counting down the days until my child would graduate from school.   Was it on December 14, 2012, as I held tight to my second grader during our … more
My sister-in-law Susan and I enjoyed our first day on board our Avalon Christmas Market Danube River cruise this past November. We visited the Schonbrunn Palace and then after a most delicious dinner … more
Seated on the examination table at my doctor’s office, I was trying to do the math in my head.   If my daughter was 7 or 8 when my new physician’s assistant spent summers as my … more
Our second full day in Vienna was action-packed. My sister-in-law Susan and I had hoofed it over to the fabulous Sisi Museum in the Hofburg Palace and then wandered back through the streets of … more
Four thousand steps.   That’s how many we’re supposed to take daily if we want to reduce our risk of dying, at least according to the largest study to date on the topic. … more
There are plenty of groups you can split humanity into cleanly — the “toilet paper over” people vs. the “toilet paper under” people, the ones who would load the salsa … more
At last, the day arrived for my sister-in-law Susan and I to begin our Christmas Market adventure in Europe.   We met at Newark Airport, and all too soon it was time to board our flight on … more
The words were out of my mouth before I’d quite realized what I was about to say, but as they tripped over my tongue, a feeling rushed over me.   When I told this teenager who had … more
I don’t decorate for the holidays.   The stockings hung in my living room have been there for a year now, left up last holiday season because no one ever took them down, and I simply … more
When the world seems really crazy these days, I like to remember that it has always been this upsetting. The difference is that we didn’t have to hear about it twenty-four hours a day.   … more
It’s one of those Sullivan County events that I’ve always associated with childhood joy. The bright lights, the candy, the appearances by Santa, and the holiday feel have long made the … more
One of the most moving experiences I had in Montreal was at the McCord Stewart Museum, which features the history of Canada.   Now on permanent exhibition is “Indigenous Voices of Today: … more
I’d approached the mom to get both her name and the name of her son because I’d captured what I’d hoped was an adorable photo I could send in to the paper for our parade coverage. … more
This November, the US Supreme Court will hear a case sent their way after a federal appeals court overturned a federal law that prohibited the possession of firearms by people subject to domestic … more
Tuesday dawned bright and sunny in Montreal and sister Mary, brother-in-law John, and I were ready to make the most of it.   We started with a hearty Montreal brunch at the B & M Restaurant … more
Hello, my friends. I am writing this column in sunny Montréal, where the temperature has been near 80 degrees for the past few days. I am here with my sister Mary and her husband John, … more
It wasn’t exactly what I’d pictured myself doing on a Saturday morning, least of all the morning of my wedding anniversary.   Still, sitting with my fist clenched, arm splayed … more
This column was written by my son Michael Werner, who is a bus driver, writer, and standup comedian.   Enjoy.   In this mixed-up world full of different opinions, different … more
I’m not sure what part made us laugh hardest.   The bright orange and red leaves on the ground and the bare trees on what was supposed to be a late spring day in the Catskill? … more
My delightful granddaughter Adeline is growing up.   She will soon be celebrating her tenth birthday, and she is already beginning to sound like a teenager. The other day she saw a man on … more
Yes, dear readers, I know the world is moving really fast these days. But here are seven things that will help you have a phenomenal fall. 1. It is perfectly OK to start buying Halloween candy … more
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