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The arrival of a new baby is all-consuming. In the early weeks, your waking hours are a cycle of feedings, diaper changes and Googling “Is it normal for a baby to (fill in the blank).” Mustering … more
“There’s the cutest little bunny right in your flower bed,” my next-younger sister told me one afternoon. She had just glanced down at the flower bed from the kitchen window. more
Oh, to be young again. It’s a constant refrain for people my age — and even those much younger. Nobody had a youth like the one you lived — ask anyone. more

It was time for the class to begin. Others were doing it and I thought, “How difficult could this be?” Joining the weightlifting class seemed like such a clever idea at the time. more
Do your children like the Minions? Do you find them pretty funny too? Well, good news, they made another one of those movies, and it for sure has the Minions in it doing Minion things. more
Perhaps your elders or parents said something like “if it had teeth it would bite you” when you misplaced your keys or book bag (now it’s “where did I leave my glasses or cell phone!”). … more
Q: My landscape is boring! It needs color in the summer, especially in July and August. I don’t want annual flowers that have to be replanted. ... more
What began as a simple gesture to give back to the community that supported a family’s business is now the largest annual event in all of Utica. more
By the time you read this, we will have celebrated another Fourth of July. As John Adams saw the holiday “It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this … more
It’s almost a certainty that you’ve heard some of the things I’m about to relate to you. For instance — we didn’t actually declare our independence on July 4, 1776. more
Clifford Crandall Jr. has a message for everyone over age 60: “Get up, get moving, and enjoy yourself!” Crandall has produced a video series, “Still Alive and Kicking.” Check out the video in the gallery. more
Again this year, not even one high school or college graduating senior has asked for my advice as they move out into the world.  School, of course, is a world of its own ... more
Driving towards my sister’s (Milly) home in New Jersey, I was looking forward to her accompanying me on my speaking engagement at a women’s retreat... more
Diseases can come to your garden due to weather conditions, passed by the wind, or even carried by a visiting insect. There are three elements, which must be present to have a plant disease: a … more
Elvis Presley is rightly hailed as one of the greatest musicians of all time, and the new biopic “Elvis” does a fine job of telling his life’s story. more
Recently I transported a 6’x10’ single axle trailer to be handed off to its new owner. It was really too big for the car with which it was being towed. more
As the United States Supreme Court ends its current term with several monumental decisions, it is fitting to remember Utican Joseph Lochner, who refused to follow a New York State statute in 1899 … more
The cost of everything from gas to burgers may be rising, but home gardeners growing produce have found a way at least to avoid paying $4 for a pound of tomatoes. Fertilizing those tomatoes — or … more
Almost every trip teaches me something about myself, the world and what not to do next time. Here are three hard-won travel lessons that may help you learn from my mistakes. Cobbling together flights … more
Blessed Giovanni Battista Scalabrini (1839-1905) is to become Saint Giovanni Battista at a future consistory; the end of the formal process for sainthood. more
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