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January 1, 2021

My Fran Mrs. Frances Hines I thought that I was finished writing obituaries.  In the last ten years, I have lost too many people and had decided to stop writing about those losses; but this is different, Fran was different. Fran lived a very full life, and most people would say a long enough...
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From the Editor

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December 1, 2020

Change No, the change we have all been waiting for has not yet come; but I am still hopeful.  Never-the-less, there has been change, whether we wanted it or not, there has been change. As I often do, this year I sent out Thanksgiving Day cards.  I had not bought them last year, after...
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Poet’s Corner

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December 1, 2020

An Ice-cream Scoop She is overwhelmed And perhaps in a bit of shock As I extend my hand toward hers Her thank you Are the most sincere words I have ever heard uttered She has been asking the cashier For the total after each item is rung Clutching her wallet Trying to calculate What...
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From the Editor

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November 1, 2020

November 2020 Growing up New Year’s Eve was spent in church; we had a vigilia, an all-night vigil, or prayer meeting.  There would be food, of course, and lots of socializing, along with prayer.   I miss those New Year celebrations. Since those long gone days, I do not think much about the New Year...
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Poet’s Corner

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November 1, 2020

Ready or Not Change calls out to us: “Ready or not here I come!” Wait! I respond; I am not ready. But whether we are ready or not is actually of no concern to her. She was just stating a fact, not asking a question. Either way she is coming and we must embrace...
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From the Editor

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October 1, 2020

Higginsville “It is not that we are old, we are just not young anymore.” The words are not mine, and I am afraid I may not have quoted them correctly.  I heard them, on the original Magnum P.I., spoken by Tom Selleck’s character, and thought about how true they rang. Magnum P.I., the original...
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A View from the Road

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October 1, 2020

Library Walk “Truth exists. Only falsehood has to be invented.” George Braque (1882-1963) – Le Jour et La Nuit Sometimes we must look down to see the view.  One of my favorite places in New York is the Public Library, on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street; you know where the two large marble lions,...
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From the Editor

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September 1, 2020

Civility There is so much to miss these days, from getting together with people to being able to make plans; I believe that regardless of how long this virus last, it will come to an end and I will once again be able to go shopping or on vacation.  But I am also missing...
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Food

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September 1, 2020

Comfort Food I write about things which I care about, impact my life and that I enjoy sharing with the people I love.  How could food not fit in that category?  Yet, the pandemic has made this column, along with others, more challenging. It is not only that sharing a recipe feels a bit...
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From the Editor

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August 8, 2020

“El País Que No Existe The Nation That No Longer Is”   It is hard to believe August is upon us, and we are still basically trapped in the same world of covid-19. This should be the month we are celebrating the height of summer; instead it so much feels like July and June...
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