Tom Kappner of Kenoza Lake, NY

We must stop demonizing those who do not agree with us. Not every Republican is a follower of  QAnon, and not every Democrat wants to turn the country into a socialist gulag. We must …

Denise Connolly of Smallwood, NY

I spent a lot of time at home and concentrated on enjoying every day, doing things I liked. I did many of my perennial gardens over and I am thrilled with the results. I added more beautiful koi …

Hope for the Holidays: ‘Awakened’

The unique percussion of a solitary woodpecker carried from woods behind our winter-tight house, penetrated the insulated bedroom.   Repetition, from distant, familiar …

Hope for the Holidays: ‘Shine a Light’

Hope for the Holidays

Hope for the Holidays

I hope that... The vaccine will bring the world the relief it seeks. We stay “awakened” to our many privileges (white being only one of them). Our government can rise to the many …

Hope for the Holidays: ‘Trappings’

Hope for the holidays

'A season of strong emotions'

Charles Rubin of Lake Huntington, NY The Thanksgiving holiday normally ushers in a season of strong emotions for me: love of friends and family, appreciation of the bounty we are blessed with and …

'Rising up'

I am grateful to live in a place in this world where I can have a connection with nature and all of its wonderful offerings.

'Early on in the pandemic'

I contracted Covid 19 very early on in the pandemic, on April 1, and spent  10 days in the local hospital in isolation, on oxygen and many different kinds of drugs. I am grateful for the …