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When I first began writing for the Sullivan County Democrat, I was congratulated by many people who also happened to make suggestions about what I should report upon, everything from unsolved murders … more
Everybody is familiar with the nursery rhyme that begins “Twinkle, twinkle little star, How I wonder what you are!” Well, we know now that every star is a sun that has explosive eruptions … more
Besides mums and flower bulbs, there are not a lot of things for planting in your flower bed for the fall, even less for the garden. One item that can be planted in the garden this time of year is … more
First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11 by Toby Harnden (Little, Brown). “In war, the first casualty is the plan,” sounds like an expression of hopelessness; … more
Soup never gets old for me, especially in the fall months when life starts to pick up again and I want to make something quick and easy. I have a great recipe for a classic vegetable soup that is … more
DO I NEED TO READ THIS NINE PART SERIES? Am I about to marry for the first or second time! What is a Prenuptial Agreement? Do I need a Prenuptial Agreement if I have few assets? What can … more
Recently my friend Leisha was flying to England to visit her parents who live there. She expected a few bumps but nothing like what she encountered. She usually flies into the Manchester airport … more
“Ma’am, ma’am!” called the boy from behind the deli counter. Obviously, he was looking for some old woman and if only he could find her, I’d be next in line. In an … more
I was raised on soups from my grandmother Shirley and Grandpa Fred. Grandma Shirley loved making lentil soup and made a mean chicken noodle, but my grandfather’s favorite was Manhattan Clam … more
Tomorrow will mark my 85th birthday and I thought that a story about life would be most appropriate. An old Doberman starts chasing rabbits but before long discovers that he’s lost. … more
Fault Lines by Emily Itami (Custom House). Intelligent, sophisticated first novel, that’s going to be hard to describe accurately without convincing you it’s a commonplace … more
So a customer called this morning to see if we had some clover seed for a yard she was refurbishing for a client. Knew she heard about red and white clover, but was not sure which one would be best … more
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