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I had my second Pfizer COVID-19 immunization this weekend at the SUNY Albany campus vaccination site and I am writing this column in a haze of achy fatigue. I can’t say if my weariness is … more
I heard a crow this morning. Its boisterous caw resonated across the fields in front of my house when I ran out to get the mail. The wild sound reminded me that spring is alive and rustling beneath … more
Between checking online county COVID-19 dashboards and patient portals, I have noticed a new type of article has emerged. Known as the “what to do for the holiday during a pandemic” genre … more
December does not generally bring to mind the maddening itch of the poison ivy plant. But never say never, as my husband, John, learned this past month after developing a poison ivy rash. It … more
So much has changed this year, including the English language. To start off, we are in the “new normal,” as the cloying catchphrase goes. It is a slogan universally disparaged but … more
One dark night before the time change, as I was driving to work along NY State Route 97, I met a bear on Basket Bridge. I work an overnight shift, so it was nearing the witching hour of midnight … more
“Down, down,yellow and brownthe leaves are fallingall over the town.”  This rhyme has come back to me each autumn since 1971 when my kindergarten teacher introduced it to me and … more
It started in June when my husband, John, announced, yet again, that he was abandoning civilization. He said he was moving to the woods. Such was his Henry David Thoreau inspired response to many … more
Leaving home for college is exciting but it is also fraught with anxiety and confusion. No more so than this year as colleges and universities launch into the new academic year amid the … more
Our most traditional and taken-for-granted events are up in the air this year, stolen by COVID-19—the ultimate wrench in the works, in more ways than one. The speculation started back in … more
An enormous truffle sprung from my flower bed last spring, the likes of which would make the record books for price as well as size. It stopped me in my tracks one morning as I wearily returned from … more
My son Sam attended his “Virtual degree Conferral” (AKA graduation in pre-pandemic parlance) from Syracuse University (SU) in our crepe-paper-festooned living room this past … more
There is a photograph of my grandmother with her hair piled high on top of her head in the Gibson Girl style of the early 20th Century. She is standing in a field in Pea Brook, New York. Her hair is … more
I have a “hunch” that you don’t really want to read what I have to say regarding COVID-19, the coronavirus sweeping the globe. I am not an expert on infectious diseases. I am not a … more
This year’s mild winter in the Upper Delaware region has had a lot of benefits. Some of the most obvious, of course, are lower heating bills and safer driving conditions. But it hasn’t … more
I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions. Dieting and exercising more—two of the most common resolutions every year—are not for me, commendable as they may be. Sure, I … more
I have never been much for decorating; clutter seems to be my main interior design. At Christmas, we have a tree, of course. We have a wreath on the door. But no lights strung up along the outside … more
Fall is a time to gather perspective after the relaxed days of summer. We recommit ourselves to work. Kids go back to school. We put snow tires on the car in anticipation of the ice and snow soon to … more
I found a Barbie shoe under the bookcase last week. Revealed by the swish of the broom, it is a souvenir of some long-forgotten afternoon when my daughter played with her dolls on the living room … more
It’s been a banner year for butterflies here in the Upper Delaware River Valley, according to my neighbors and friends. Resident butterfly buffs have noticed an uptick in monarch (Danaus … more
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