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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 »»

Drilling for water at the lake

May 18, 2014 Herman and I were driving home the other day, and we saw an Adirondack Drilling rig at his daughter’s house in Caroga Lak. more »»

Film brings back cat memories

May 11, 2014 While I recently was sitting, reading with my cat Sam on my lap, I got to talking with my aide, Shannon, and Herman about the film, “Bell, Book and Candle,” which features a Siamese cat “familiar”... more »»

Singing Sparks’ praises, again

May 4, 2014 With the lack of sunshine and warmth so far this spring, I’ve spent more time reading inside, and must say I’m enjoying it. more »»

Surprise gift reaffirms friendship

April 27, 2014 I got a surprise birthday gift in the mail from an old friend in California. Mrs. Mosbarger (actually the mother of a former boyfriend) has stayed very much in touch over the years. more »»

Memories of old friends, jobs

April 20, 2014 I’m dedicating this column to my old friend Mary, whose birthday was Tuesday. Mary and I worked in a restaurant in the West Village of New York called Formerly Joe’. more »»

Septic issue teaches smelly lesson

April 13, 2014 Having been born and raised in the city, I’ve had to learn a few things about country life. more »»

Handmade bio a favorite gift

April 6, 2014 I have a birthday coming up next weekend, April 12. It’s a birthday I share with the likes of David Letterman, David Cassidy, Vince Gill, Claire Danes and Tiny Tim. more »»

E-books can’t duplicate real thing

March 30, 2014 I’ve been reading a lot lately, especially Nicholas Sparks most recently. Some of my other favorite authors include Jodi Picoult, Anne Lamott, Jon Katz and Elizabeth Berg. more »»

Viewing ‘Mr. Banks,’ ‘Mary Poppins’

March 23, 2014 I recently watched the Oscar-nominated film “Saving Mr. Banks,” which was about the making of the Disney movie “Mary Poppins. more »»

Sparks’ books beat out movies

March 16, 2014 I’ve read several of Nicholas Sparks’ books, most recently “The Last Song. more »»

Oscars better having seen films

March 9, 2014 I think the Oscars are always worth watching, but this year it was especially true because I got to see some of the nominated films and winners. more »»



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