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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 »»

Turkeys stir up holiday memories

December 7, 2014 Just the other day, my aide and Herman looked out the back window and noticed a family of wild turkeys walking toward the wood. more »»

Adirondacks’ ever-changing weather

November 30, 2014 After temperatures in the teens and a record snowfall in Buffalo, I was happy to see the snow melt with rising temperatures and no wind Nov. more »»

Old dances worth remembering

November 23, 2014 I was looking out the window at the first measurable snow we got here last week, and I said to my aide Christina, “I can’t even imagine it being summer again. more »»

Hallmark movies are good viewing

November 16, 2014 I’ve started watching the Hallmark Channel movies lately and I’ve become addicted. Herman says they’re cheesy “chick flicks,” but I disagree. more »»

New dog arrives on block

November 9, 2014 Do you guys remember me writing to you a little more than a year ago about our “block dog?” At the time, I referred to my favorite singer David Wilcox’s song “The Block Dog,” and how we in Caroga... more »»

Sometimes dreams do come true

November 2, 2014 For all the years I spent chasing my acting dream, in New York City and then in Los Angeles, the dreams that finally came true were those that happened here in Caroga Lake in the Adirondack Park. more »»

Getting to know Danny Aiello

October 26, 2014 Herman and I were watching “CBS Sunday” this past week and saw one of the featured stories was about actor Danny Aiello. more »»

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 »»



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