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No longer new kids on block

October 19, 2014 It was 13 years ago when Herman and I drove by a beach-front, vacant lot that was overgrown with brush and trees on East Shore Road in West Caroga. I said to Herman, “We gotta buy this lo. more »»

Artistic talent runs in family

October 12, 2014 When Herman’s daughter was recently interviewed by her local newspaper in California, I got thinking about how much art talent is in that family. more »»

Fall brings vivid color to lake

October 5, 2014 My adoptive father Joe Spira, who sadly died some years ago, used to repeatedly say, “Nature never clashe. more »»

Strong female leads on TV

September 28, 2014 One of my favorite TV series is “The Good Wife” starring Julianna Margulies, who just won an Emmy for her portrayal of Alicia Florrick, the poster child for a wife standing by her cheating political... more »»

Memories of NYC’s ‘Tar Beach’

September 21, 2014 Every year at about this time, my wardrobe totally changes. From June through early September, I live in bathing suits. Sometimes it starts as early as May, depending on the year. more »»

Thoughts on tennis, foreign affairs

September 14, 2014 My old acting friend Nancy Baker used to say, “Stay in the bleachers and off the playing field” — AKA, don’t get involved in other people’s drama. more »»

Memories of ‘Ghostbusters’ role

September 7, 2014 This year is the 30th anniversary of the movie “Ghostbusters,” which brings back a flood of memories to me. more »»

Evolution of the Emmy Awards

August 31, 2014 The 66th Emmy Awards aired Aug. 25, on a Monday night for the first time in years following the MTV video awards, which took the Sunday slot just the day befor. more »»

Photos with celebs, then and now

August 24, 2014 Back when I was growing up in Cleveland, I was in a high school singing group called Girl’s Glee Club/Men’s Chorus. On a trip to Washington, D.C., I took some photos of my friends at the time. more »»

Warm welcome for new cat

August 17, 2014 I told you last week about the sad end to my 18-year-old cat Sam’s life. After both Herman and I cried and mourned for two days, we decided it was a good time to look for another cat. more »»

Remembering Sam the cat

August 10, 2014 When my 18-year-old cat Sam first came into our lives as a kitten, we had him neutered and didn’t want him to feel badly about that. more »»

Caroga Lake festival a treat

August 3, 2014 I recently received an email from Kyle Barrett Price, artistic director of the Caroga Lake Music Festival, stating they will again be here in our little town at the Caroga Chapel with an expanded... more »»

Events at home; mayhem abroad

July 27, 2014 I have mixed feelings as I write this column. Here in Caroga Lake, we had great events last weekend sponsored by the Caroga Chamber of Commerce and the Caroga Historical Society. more »»

Loving living in the country

July 20, 2014 I never lived in the country before moving to my current location, but I love it. In the past, I’ve always been a city person: from Cleveland to New York to Los Angeles. more »»

From swimsuits to shoes, boots

July 13, 2014 After last week’s column about my swimsuit collection, I got a lengthy email from my dear friend and longtime reader Ellen (“Mrs. M”) about her shoe collection. more »»

Confessions of a swimsuit collector

July 6, 2014 In the mail today I received my newest swimsuit, this time from J.C. Penney. This one is lime green with purple polka dots. Herman rolls his eyes every time I talk about buying another swimsuit. more »»

Meeting Goodman, Tyson

June 29, 2014 I’m writing to you on June 24, which happens to be my mom’s 88th birthday, and I just called her to wish her a happy birthday. more »»

Spring is season to be thankful for

June 22, 2014 With some nice weather we’ve had lately, it reminds me again how glad I am to live in the country, on a lake, in the mountains of the Adirondacks. more »»

Hospital visit from the rabbi

June 15, 2014 I was pleasantly surprised last week when my rabbi showed up at the door one evening during my hospital stay due to an infection. Let me back up with some details. more »»

Great memories of old friends

June 8, 2014 When I first moved to New York City in the 1980s, I was walking down Broadway one day and bumped into Cindy Dutton on the corner of 57th Street and Eighth Avenue. more »»

Dreams of summer, California

May 25, 2014 Dear readers, you and I both know I am the opposite of a naysayer and tend to look at the positive side of life. more »»



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Arts grants opportunities for 2014

October 8, 2013 Saratoga Arts has announced the following information about its 2014 grant program in Fulton and Montgomery counties: Fulton-Montgomery Arts Grants (F-MAG) provides funding for arts & cultura... more »

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