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I am not sure if there is such a thing as reincarnation. The people I know who do believe in it are quite sure they were once a queen or a princess, a ruler of a vast empire or a famous performer or … more
When I was 10 years old, I didn't believe in God. I attended Sunday school at what was then called the Dutch Reformed Church in Callicoon Center and had the little pin we received for perfect … more
He's beautiful, smart, loyal and a comedian. I'm so glad my neighbor, Kris, talked me into taking this cat. When I go outside, he goes with me and sticks by my side while I'm out there. When I go for … more
I got a note on my cell phone from my friend John Chai in Syracuse. It was about what I thought was a service he was having, and I got very alarmed because I thought his wife, Sandy must have … more
My neighbor in Callicoon Center does a lot of favors for me so I decided to send her a box of chocolates. I had my son, Michael, mail it for me since he has insulated wrap at his office in Nyack. … more
When my son, Michael came to pick me up to take me for a bone scan and a chest x-ray, I had the two prescriptions on the kitchen table along with my cell phone, ready to go. Mike was also to take … more
My column is due on Wednesdays and this week I had it all together and was ready to send it on Monday but that was only because I thought it was Tuesday. Boy! Two days early! I pictured my editor Joe … more
When I described what happened when I was trying to get a cake baked to my friend, John Bale, he said “That could be material for your next column.” So here it is. John said he hoped I was … more
For some reason I decided to call a young friend who has atrial fibrillation as I do. I hadn't spoken to him in about two years and when I finally got done updating him about my recent health issues, … more
One war is the one against COVID-19 which is hitting a little close to home. As I mentioned before, the niece of a dear friend of mine had it and has fully recovered. My friend who had been … more
Two weeks ago I wrote about playing the piano, with Professor Hagel as my teacher for awhile. In case you didn't figure it out, “Vun unt do unt tree mit der dum” was his way of saying , “One … more
In my last column I wrote that during this pandemic I was determined to improve my piano playing by practicing every day. As I predicted I've fallen short of doing that, but every two or three days I … more
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