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Thank heaven for the internet. I have concluded that you can find the solution to almost any problem in its ether. Hear me out—when I am trying to solve a problem after everything that I can … more
Driving in New York City has always been a bit challenging, but these days the degree of difficulty has increased exponentially.   Making driving in NYC a bit easier is the fact that the … more
  When he was a host on an Emmy-nominated show, he claimed that the fix was in when he didn’t win.   People laughed and moved on.   When he entered the political arena, he … more
If you happened to be near an emergency scanner this weekend, you may have heard a call go out for emergency medical services once, then again, and then several more times, a 911 dispatcher trying … more
Here’s a cool idea…let’s take one of the most popular snack foods in the world and make it into a restaurant.   Stick with me, now. Let’s pick Cheez-its. You know, … more
Buttermilk. What is it?   How is it made? Why does it make baked goods taste so delectable? And why did my Grandpa Kohler like to drink it so much? Buttermilk, it turns out, was originally … more
I used to think May was an odd time of the year for America to mark Mental Health Awareness Month.   Why not in December when so many of us struggle with the overwhelm of the holidays … more
My daughter has recently been rewatching The Gilmore Girls, a brilliant TV series that began airing in 2000 and finished its run in 2007. It is the story of Lorelai Gilmore, a single mom raising her … more
When I’d enter the side door of the school, I had two choices.   I could turn right immediately, head up the stairs and venture past the gym first, then the cafeteria before making … more
Our trip to Lake Placid coincided with the World Cup competition of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) which organizes all the sliding events seen in the Winter Olympics. … more
Have you noticed a new pattern emerging in those “where you are from” conversations?   The shift was slow at first, only for it to take on hyperspeed since the pandemic began. … more
(I’m interrupting my Lake Placid travelogue to memorialize my dear dog George who crossed the Rainbow Bridge last week.) George came into our lives unexpectedly, adopted with his sister … more
The emergency room practitioner needed to share just two words for the stress sitting at the base of my skull to start thrusting its elbows outward in both directions, pushing to take over control of … more
Imagine, for a moment, that you’re standing in line somewhere.   Perhaps it’s the post office, or maybe it’s the grocery store. Or possibly you’re standing in the … more
Growing up, most of us learn that the keys to doing well and advancing in a job are working hard and keeping your nose clean.   It’s true ... mostly.   Here’s what … more
You’re going to be terrified of your kid doing the sorts of things at 18 (almost 19) that you once did quite easily at 17.   This is one of the (many) things I’ve learned during … more
If you caught the front page of the Democrat last week, you already know the news for parents seeking childcare in our county is bleak.   The Hudson Valley as a whole has seen a 27 percent … more
Have you ever driven by a house and wondered if it still looks the same inside as it did when you were 15? It can’t just be me.   There’s a fairly common movie plot point that … more
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
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