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The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford (Atria). Some- thing like an epic, in the description, but fast and fun to read and as much future fiction as histo ical: it’s set in 2045, or at … more
Every now and again I start to crave a chopped salad with iceberg lettuce and all my favorite toppings. Normally it’s the traditional wedge, but when I heard about this new craze that the … more
Back in February when Russia invaded Ukraine was when I first wrote about the high price of fertilizers this year and the reason why. Ukraine was a major fertilizer manufacturing hub for all of … more
From my grandmother’s diary when she was sixteen and working in the family bakery. All names mentioned are those of her siblings except for her friend Daisy.   Sept 3rd Fred and … more
So, we have already had a com- plete month’s rain with the storm earlier this week. Now imagine that was snow, we would be shov- eling out for a week. Plan for winter now, so that you … more
Part 10 of 11 Which is a Better Investment, The Certificate of Deposit or The Money Market Account? One of the biggest questions in- vestors face is, “what do I do with my cash when I'm … more
I hope the title of this column did not cause the neurons and synapses in your brain to flameout as it tried to remember that catchy song written by Harry Woods in 1926. You might recall its most … more
In between waves of nausea, I suddenly realized I could no longer breathe. I was facing a blank white wall in my bathroom and gasping for air, telling myself, just breathe, for God’s sake, just … more
Alias Emma by Ava Glass (Bantam). A superfast spy thriller, set in London; the action—not combat, mostly fleeing, if they can move fast enough and stealthily enough—it’s not … more
For as far back as I can remember, the long Labor Day holiday weekend, of all the long and short weekends, is the one I have always detested. Despised. Dreaded. This bitterness began during the … more
August was such a dry month, I never had to mow my lawn. The grass just didn’t grow with the high heat and dry conditions, even with the occasional afternoon thunderstorm. Unfortunately, hay … more
Spending summers in the area we called “the mountains” reached its conclusion on Labor Day. As a guest at one of the hundreds of hotels and bungalow colonies, it was a time to say goodbye … more
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