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If you've read this column over the years, you might be familiar with the feelings of angst that begin to rise in my stomach around this time of year.  As the nights begin to cool and leaves … more
I’m listening to the ‘huz’ (that’s short for husband) as he rehearses a plentitude of cover songs. He just debuted as ‘singer of the greatest songs’ at The Old … more
Those who receive Social Security benefits will see one of the biggest increases in the program's history in January. According to reporter Kevin Tampone, reporter for Syracuse.com, "the Social … more
August is the month when most people take a vacation, be- fore the kids go back to school. If you are lucky enough to be able to get away with the high fuel prices and inflation, check out … more
The process started many years ago when my world was young. Passed down from my grandfather to my father it was a rite of passage that every male experiences. At some point in a guy’s life … more
“There’s a phone call for you,” “What? How could that be?” I was staying in a boarding house on the corner of Poplar and Atlantic in Wildwood, NJ. No one but my best … more
Folks ask, “Do you miss living in the city?” Sure. Sometimes it’s too quiet in the country. And things are a bit too far. I’d love to just hop on a train to see the … more
Summer is always something I look forward to, one of the reasons being I know my Aunt Laurie and Uncle Dick’s crock pickles are in full swing. Ever since I can remember, these pickles have … more
Driving to and from work this week, I couldn’t help but notice that there are some leaves starting to fall due to the hot weather we have been having. Not only is it hot, but it is dry too. … more
My grandmother, Lina Dreher, was sixteen when she kept this diary. Lina and her sister Tillie work in the family bakery where they recently installed a candy counter and ice cream parlor. In some … more
Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional by Isaac Fitzgerald (Bloomsbury). This guy, with his Auld Sod last name and Old Testament first name, is clearly well known to almost everybody but me: often on … more
  Finally some relief from the heat, but there is still a lot of summer left, so the heat will be back. While your’re watering your plants everyday, don’t forget to check your … more
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