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We seem to be witnessing a new national appreciation for poetry since the marvelous Amanda Gorman has shared her work with us all at the Inauguration and at the Super Bowl. Ms. Gorman, a graduate … more
“No one joins a cult,” said Mark Vicente, documentary filmmaker and former member of Nxivm, a cult based in Albany, NY. Vicente made this comment in “The Vow”, the nine-part HBO documentary … more
The Great British Baking Show on Netflix has become a favorite of my granddaughter and daughter. Most evenings, they enjoy watching an episode as the extremely skilled amateur bakers from the United … more
January 20 was a good day for the United States of America. Wait, let me revise that. It was a great day for America. In a head-spinning fortnight, we went from having deluded, deranged domestic … more
So here we are, America. Donald J. Trump, described by his niece Mary as “the world's most dangerous man”, has proven her correct. He brought our democracy to the place where his faithful … more
“Seditious Conspiracy: If two or more persons in any State or Territory… conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, … more
In early December, I ordered custom holiday cards and booklets for friends. I used Shutterfly, a website I have happily used to make family calendars, books, and gifts through the years. On … more
At the end of what the ancient Romans would call this “annus horribilis”, there have been some bright spots, albeit few and far between. Here, in no particular order, are a few of the things … more
‘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
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