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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, ...

Flight to Fantasy

I’ve been pigging out lately on “Cinderella” movies: Maid In Manhattan, Pretty Woman, Ever After, Working Girl, Pride and Prejudice; and indulging in my secret vice of well written, beautifully acted, possible but improbable fairy tales.  My two favorite lines are ‘Once upon a time’ and ‘They lived happily ever after’.

There are moments in all our ...

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 ...