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My father was a natural musician who picked up instruments easily, playing mostly bebop jazz on the sax and clarinet. During the Korean War, he played in the Navy band and because he was also a fast … more
If you recently had to drive in the Monticello area, it was almost impossible to avoid road construction. It began a few weeks ago when dump trucks, excavators and assorted vehicles began assembling … more
Our little white Maltese was thrilled when we got home after a full day out. Bitsy jumped up to greet us with a wiggle of her tail, a drenching face-licking and several hardy welcoming back … more
I’m not sure about you, but packing food for lunches at work is so hard. I try to pack things that do not weigh me down throughout the day.  My go-to is a wrap, packed with turkey, … more
A few weeks ago while flipping through channels on TV, I stumbled upon a report on RFD TV, about farmland in the United States being bought up by China. Remember back on September 22, 1985, the first … more
The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell (Knopf). This is, of course, the author of Hamnet, the literary historical novel of a couple of years ago—which this column somehow managed to … more
What is needed in order to own a condo? Every investment involves much paperwork, and you must be extremely careful to understand the many documents needed in condo ownership; · The … more
From my grandmother’s diary when she was sixteen and working in the family bakery. All first names mentioned are those of her siblings except for her schoolmate, Clara. Oct 1st Rain … more
Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah (Riverhead). A (perhaps surprisingly) beautiful historical novel by the 2021 Nobel laureate, a British author of Tanzanian birth. Gurnah writes in English, of course, … more
As you can see, condominium ownership can offer some important benefits. Here are some of the other advantages of owning a condo unit: · It usually costs less to buy a condominium than to … more
Do not let the title of this column scare you away. Although it sounds like the hard to swallow supply-side economic policies developed by the Reagan administration, this column gives you something … more
 It has been over a week now since Hurricane Ian devasted Florida. Most of us either have family or know someone who lives in southwest Florida.  My mom’s house in Cape Coral was … more
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