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Writes of Passage, by Lynda Peer

Digital detox

“We believe in the power of living a simpler life with fewer distractions. One of the biggest distractions in our lives today is our phone.” — Siggi’s Yogurt Grand prize! Ten winners! Ten thousand dollars for giving up your smartphone for a month! Enter to win in the Siggi’s ...

A Carnival crush

The summer she turned 19, she read 131 Harlequin Romances. As a clerk in a campground store that catered to elderly snowbirds, she’d frequently delve into the lending library to pass the time. The selection of books varied only slightly from formulaic romances to full-out bodice rippers. ...

Adding to joy, one bead at a time

This past fall, the Adirondack Center for Writing hosted the Young Adult author Neil Shusterman. After listening to him speak, I reread “Scythe,” part of a series about “what would happen in a world gone right,” where most of the world’s ills are cured. These books are ...

Social bites

Winter can be tough: Not the cold, but the late sunrises. No matter how hard I fight against it, being lazy is easy. It’s easy to lie in bed a little longer when the covers are warm, but the house is chilly. It’s easy to hit the snooze button just one more time. Some mornings I wake up ...

Blind navigation

If you have kids, you probably remember your first parental gut-wrenching panic. You know the moment: You’ve just left the hospital and struggled to snap the baby carrier into the car seat base. You look at the fragile human nestled there and wonder, “Who thought it was a good idea to put ...

The cake chronicles

It’s bake sale and craft sale season, so that means I will touch base with folks I haven’t seen in a long time. What better excuse is there to mingle than examining sweets and handicrafts? I will be going solo because my family is always impatient when I stand around and chat. Of course, ...