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Mountains and molehills

My sister Kathy and her husband generously allow us to use her home in the Poconos for a ski weekend, regardless of the fact that she could be named in a lawsuit because of something I did on the ski slopes. Luckily her husband is a lawyer. A ski trip is a great way to stand up against the fierce New England winter weather and shout from the top of the mountain, “Give me your best shot, ...

Secret gardens

“The Secret Garden” is a magical tale written in 1911 by Frances Hodgson Burnett.   It tells the story of a pampered young English girl who, after living all her life in India, loses her parents and is sent to live with an unknown and mysterious uncle in a large, gloomy house in England.  There she encounters a 10-year-old bedridden male cousin who, because of loneliness and ...

On Stage: A Fiery Family and Fun with ‘Fats’

The Arsonists

Imagine if you had one last reprieve, after a parent’s sudden death, to bid your loved one farewell.

That’s what the audience eavesdrops on in the highly stylized play, “The Arsonists,” by award-winning playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger, now at Denizen Theatre in New Paltz through Feb. 24 (Tickets and info at; 845-303-4136).


Knuckling Under

“Ow!” I said as I went to lift the pan off the stovetop.

“What’s ow,” asked my husband, glancing over from the kitchen counter where he was working.

“I hurt my hand yesterday,” I said, massaging the area of my hand where my first and second finger met. “I think I sprained a knuckle.”

He gave me that look.

“I don’t think ...