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Staycation: Saranac Lake, spring break edition

March 26, 2015 “I’m bored.” Thankfully I haven’t heard that yet. more »»

The antidote for winter weary

March 12, 2015 It’s that time of year, isn’t it? Cabin fever. The doldrums. Blah. People are tired of winter. It’s catching season: stomach bugs, sinus things, walking pneumonia, low-grade fevers, complaint-itis. more »»


February 26, 2015 Maybe you’ve been through it, or it’s on the horizon. Approaching a certain age, the medical establishment recommends a rather distressing health screening. I can’t imagine anyone looks forward to it. more »»

Valentines and landmines

February 12, 2015 Feb. 14 is two days away. And you know what that means. Winter Carnival Parade?! Um, yes, but no. It’s Valentine’s Day. Also known as Saturday. more »»

Tribute for a friend’s son

January 29, 2015 (This was written a year ago, for my friend Floyd after his son died. I couldn’t give it to him at the time. It was hard for me to know how or when to reach out to him in his grief. more »»

New Year’s resolve

January 16, 2015 A new year brings new hope. Optimism that, “This year, things are going to change!” As I ponder what to resolve for 2015, I think of all the usuals: mind, body, health, job changes. more »»

Flying with Santa

December 18, 2014 One of the great mysteries of our time is how Santa Claus can make it to every child’s house all in one night. Kids ponder this each Christmas season. more »»

Christmas cards

December 4, 2014 Yes, it’s that time of year. Christmas cards. Connecting with friends and family is possibly my favorite part of the season. - Long ago ... more »»

Here. Now.

November 20, 2014 Late September. Running errands over in Lake Placid early one morning, I decided to grab a coffee. I found a parking spot nearby, and fished a quarter out of my purse for the meter. more »»

The other end of the leash

November 6, 2014 Lucy: “He’s friendly!” I hear that a lot, or, “They’re friendly!” “She’s friendly!” shouted in my direction, usually by a woman puffing to catch up behind a dog or two charging at me full speed when... more »»

‘Great day for it’

October 23, 2014 As I drove around the North Country last weekend, and the weather had turned, I wistfully recalled an end-of-summer drive. more »»

Autumn and art

October 9, 2014 Rain has left leaves littering the ground. Wind stirs and dries them for later raking —?if we get to it before the snow. Leaves swirl, airborne around us, as we driv. more »»

Recess lady

September 25, 2014 School has been back in session for a couple of weeks now. Drive past the elementary mid-morning and you see kids outside. Recess time. Running around and playing, childhood at its finest. more »»

I remember

September 11, 2014 September. My favorite time of year. The weather turns beautiful. Skies are that rare blue, clouds are white little puffs, and the air is cooler. A couple days in though, I always remember. more »»

Get off the couch

September 4, 2014 Early June. Spring. A popular time to get fit. Coming off two summers with injuries, I knew to start slow. Rethink my goals. Wishing weight away hadn’t worked. more »»

Bring it!

August 21, 2014 Summer, it seems, has turned her back on us. We start out telling ourselves, “That’s just a stressed tree,” or “We’re in kind of a drought, anyway ...” as we pretend not to see the splashes of colo. more »»



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