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I grew up next door to my cousins, and with four of them and five of us, we always had a ready-made gang of playmates. There was a standing Wiffle ball game every night after dinner, with the corner … more
July 4 is the birthday of my star-spangled Aunt Anne. She was born in 1926 to Fred and Nellie Stevens Stabbert, just two weeks before my mother Shirley made her entrance. The family story goes … more
On March 10 of this year, I was giving a reading workshop at an elementary school. While we worked together, teachers were expressing their concerns about this coronavirus that had begun to be on the … more
Okay now, folks, it's been 15 weeks since we started staying in our homes, and it is getting more difficult to remember what life was like before Covid-19. But this new life hasn't been totally … more
These days are not easy. We have had to deal with a pandemic the likes of which we haven't seen for 100 years. Then our lives were upended again after the unjust and violent murder of George Floyd … more
These are dark days in our nation. Over 107,000 Americans have died from Covid-19. Unemployment is soaring. Many small and large businesses are struggling during the pandemic and states have been … more
My dear sister-in-law Susan has been keeping us supplied with all sorts of wonderful gifts during this pandemic. Right now we are working on a 1000-piece puzzle, one of two that she sent us. It's … more
We are living our lives on pause, as our governor says, and I have to say, it's not all bad. Normally, we spend so much of our time running from place to place, busy being busy, that it's rather … more
It was fifty years ago that the class of 1970 was getting ready to go out and face the world. At the Delaware Valley Central School, sitting high above the rippling waters of the Delaware, my high … more
My days are busy, thank goodness, during this time of Covid-19 social isolation. I have had my dear daughter Liz, wonderful son-in-law Peter, and my amazing granddaughter Adeline with me for nearly … more
I grew up in a classic midcentury modern house. Our family home in Callicoon, built in the early 1950's by William Kohler and Sons (Mom's father's business) was a ranch, with a well-hidden, spacious … more
When I was growing up, we spent hours playing outside and inside. One of our most memorable pastimes was putting on shows for our mother and for whatever sibling or cousin was too young to perform in … more
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