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I’m in our local hardware store buying paint when I begin feeling lightheaded. Am I that excited about the color Greenmount Silk or just a Victorian lady about to have a fainting … more
  The King of Infinite Space by Lyndsay Faye (Putnam). Big contemporary…hm-m, murder mystery, for one thing; but then, theater novel, gay drama—and still more, by this column … more
Around this time of year I always crave a good pesto. It really works out well for me, since I have a jungle of basil growing on my back deck. I love serving it with crusty bread as a late night … more
I once heard a story about an old man, around seventy years of age, somewhere in the Mediterranean that was going to plant a tree in his yard. The tree he decided on was a Carob tree. His neighbor … more
Holding a fistful of envelopes containing my payments of monthly bills, I stood in line at the post office to buy some “Forever” stamps. As I waited for the person at the counter to … more
Reading has so many benefits, from increasing your knowledge and vocabulary, to improving your mental and physical health. If you do not have time to sit and read a physical book, according to … more
Four year-old Charley is not a dinosaur, dragon or tiger. Don’t even ask him to imitate one because if you do, as I did, he’ll politely look away with patience at first and a slight … more
So far, this summer has been a mixture of intense heat interrupted by torrential thunderstorms. Driven inside by the weather you can use the time to assess your umbrella collection and clean the … more
My son Michael’s dog, Andy likes to chase and catch bees when he’s outside. At first Mike was concerned that he was getting stung in the mouth before he swallowed them but that became a … more
If you are up in the Catskills or Poconos for the summer to relax and enjoy the great outdoors, all the rain we have been having may be an annoyance. So far we have been having one of the wettest … more
The Wonder Test by Michelle Richmond (Atlantic Monthly Press). First-rate espionage novel—but then some; then quite a lot, in fact. The intrepid FBI operative, a displaced New Yorker in … more
I hear this question quite regularly this time of year, “How should I utilize all my fresh produce?” A thing you can never go wrong with is canning, whether it be blueberry jam from fresh … more
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