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Read in the Blue Line

Edmondson tells APA’s 50-year story well

Fifty years have elapsed since the birth of the Adirondack Park Agency. That interval has included conflict that almost became armed standoff. It’s also included considerable growth of the state-owned components of the Adirondack Park. There have been trade-offs when it comes to the ...

The frisson of spy fiction

There’s something special about picking up a new book. One of my greatest pleasures when I was teaching was when my students weighed a book’s heft, cracked it open and inhaled that “new-book smell.” Then they scanned the front cover art and read the synopsis on the back cover. ...

Saranac Lake novelist offers multi-ringed love story

Saranac Lake author Elthea Stiegman’s novel “The Rings of Kathleen” is a love story, or maybe more accurately three love stories. It begins in the Adirondacks and ends in Ireland. Stiegman’s narrative device is a diary bequeathed to Matthew Sullivan by a deceased woman whom ...

Some slices of life and small epiphanies

I don’t read short stories as often as I once did. These days when I turn to fiction, I prefer the complexity, character development and narrative arc of a novel. Recently, however, a documentary about Flannery O’Connor, one of the masters of the short story, led me to give the genre ...

Handbook for eating out … side

This handy manual makes for a fun companion for a wander through field and forest, seeking what is available all around us that can be nibbled, steeped for tea, or dug up to use in stew. It is subtitled “Edible Wild Food and Medicinal Plants from Maine to the Adirondacks to Long Island ...

An Adirondack coming-of-age adventure

“I felt as if I were shedding my skin, shaking things loose that I didn’t need anymore.” This is my favorite line from “Camper Girl,” by Glenn Erick Miller. Eighteen-year-old Shannon Burke realizes that she can manage with less, and even flourish, after overcoming obstacles she ...