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Rooting for Sawyer on ‘Voice’

May 3, 2015 I’m writing this to you guys in between casting votes for Sawyer Fredericks on Tuesday morning for “The Voice. more »»

Keeping an eye out for spring birds

April 26, 2015 I never really noticed birds out in Los Angeles or New York City, but I never had any interest in viewing or feeding them. more »»

Celebrating birthday in the sun

April 19, 2015 It happened all at once on my birthday. The best birthday gift of all was the weather. April 12 was warm and sunny and with almost no wind, so I could get outside in shorts and a T-shir. more »»

Fabric art adds joy to life

April 12, 2015 As you read this, today is my birthday and I turned 55. more »»

Looking forward to spring

April 5, 2015 With temperatures finally edging toward 50 this week, I turn my thoughts to spring and a month loaded with birthdays. more »»

Repairs make bag ‘better than new’

March 29, 2015 Back in 1977, I frequented a little store called Nearly New in Cleveland that was just adjacent to Cleveland Heights High School. more »»

Broadway musicals: a Jewish legacy

March 22, 2015 Herman surprised me by recording a wonderful PBS TV show for me about the history of musical theater and the Jewish influence on Broadway. The show was called “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy. more »»

Sipping, puffing down the road

March 15, 2015 This past Monday, a technician named Ken came to our house to adapt my power chair, which is equipped with a “sip-and-puff” control so I can now control all aspects of the chair. more »»

Book brings back memories of home

March 8, 2015 My hometown is Cleveland and the last place I lived there was adjacent to Pepper Pike, which is the first title in a series of private-eye mysteries based in Cleveland by Les Roberts. more »»

Broken down in a small town

March 1, 2015 It was Feb. 20 and I was scheduled to see my neurologist at Albany Medical Center. Herman had strong misgivings about going due to the cold weather. more »»

Grocery shopping from store to store

February 22, 2015 Going to the grocery store in both Los Angeles and New York City involved compiling a list and going to my favorite stores for certain foods. more »»

Tipping is not a city in China

February 15, 2015 Tipping is not a city in China. I’ve used this phrase for many years, and let me tell you why. When I was bartending and waitressing, about 70 percent of my pay came from tips compared to hourly wage. more »»

Book shares story of hospice dog

February 8, 2015 Dear readers, you might remember me speaking about author Jon Katz, about whom I wrote several years ago. His book “A Dog Year” was made into an HBO TV movie starring Jeff Bridges as Katz in 2008. more »»

‘Parenthood’ ends run on NBC

February 1, 2015 I’ve been watching this show called “Parenthood” the last several years. I have been watching it faithfully since its inception six years ago. It is a family drama revolving around the Braverman clan. more »»

Ice fishing great entertainment on lake

January 25, 2015 The ice fishermen were out on the lake last weekend in force. They were even driving their trucks out there on the ice, something Herman and I say we would ever do. more »»

Local tailor gives the right fit

January 18, 2015 When I was in New York City and then Los Angeles, it was always very important to have my clothes fit properly for any audition that might come up. Now, here’s the deal. more »»

Cats in boxes, from LA to NYC

January 11, 2015 For as many years as I have had cats, no matter where I lived, whether Cleveland, New York City or Los Angeles, any cat I had always had a fascination with cardboard boxes. more »»

Watching ‘Mozart in the Jungle’

January 4, 2015 Herman told me about a show that premiered Dec. 23 on called “Mozart in the Jungle.” I have watched the pilot and the next three episodes. more »»

Counting blessings at end of year

December 28, 2014 Since this is my last column for 2014, I wanted to reflect on a few things. Being rich and famous in New York City and Los Angeles was something I once thought I wante. more »»

Publishing in the digital age

December 21, 2014 When I first started writing my column in spring 1995, I composed on a word processor (remember those?) and faxed the copy to the newspaper, where they had to retype it into the computer. more »»

Remembering TV’s good old days

December 14, 2014 I was up at 2 a.m. recently, wakeful as I often am, when classic TV shows and their theme songs started popping into my head. The songs were so infectious that Herman started to chime in, too. 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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