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‘Twas a week before Christmas—can you believe it? This year's been so crazy I can't wait to leave it. I've been home for so long I lost track of the days. Now it seems a whole year … more
During these days when we must stay at home, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the trips I have been fortunate enough to take. I first went abroad in 1972 when I visited my Uncle Bob in … more
I wanted to share this missive that I received from my dear son Mike Werner the other day. I think he's mastered that “new math” we hear so much about… Oh, junk mail, such a staple of our … more
One day recently I was doing some family research on https://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/ when an item from the August 20, 1925, edition of Sullivan County Record caught my eye. “Our … more
So now it seems that Donald Trump's endgame is to overturn the chessboard and destroy as much of our democracy as he can on his inevitable way out of the White House. He continues to … more
• I love the United States because we have fair and free elections. All our citizens, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or sex, may register and vote in our elections. And when those votes … more
As a profligate book buyer, I have piles of tomes all through my home, each in various states of consumption. Three of my most recent purchases are memoirs. “Eat A Peach” by Momofuku chef David … more
In New York State, if your absentee ballot is postmarked by November 3 and received by November 10, it can be counted. However, with the deliberate disruption of postal service since Trump minion … more
We in New York State have something new this year: Early Voting, courtesy of the Democratic majority in our State Senate, which was voted in two years ago in the Blue Wave. Early Voting was … more
There have been many books written during the past four years about the perilous state of our Union. I've read quite a few of them, but none is more succinct and powerful than “On Tyranny: Twenty … more
I must admit that like everyone else, I am tired of dealing with the restrictions that Covid-19 has brought into our lives. However, there is no question that masks, handwashing, and social … more
This column is written in tribute to my late sister-in-law, Elsie Sagendorf of Schoharie County. Elsie was renowned for her pickling skills. No vegetable was too different or too difficult to … more
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