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Guestwords: F.D.R.’s Lessons for Biden

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first big job was filling his cabinet, and this year’s large Democratic field of candidates offers Joe Biden a chance to emulate him.

Nov 12, 2020
Guestwords: ‘Mrs. Lassie’ & Me

Every week I hike a Pennsylvania nature trail named for my late friend Jere Knight. It’s my thank-you to her for trusting me to write the first biography of her late husband Eric Knight, the English-American author of the novel “Lassie Come-Home.”

Nov 5, 2020
Guestwords: Caught Again

I had received an upgrade to ride the Hampton Jitney’s Ambassador coach, and was looking forward to a snack and some relaxation to the old-school music of my iTunes playlist. No such luck.

Oct 29, 2020
Guestwords: My Italian-American Mensch

The New York governor’s persona intrigues me, and I draw on my love for Italian cinema to explore my fascination with him.

Oct 22, 2020
Guestwords: The Home Farm Project

This year I finally planted my victory garden. My coronavirus home farm, inspired by the victory gardens of World War II.

Oct 15, 2020
Guestwords: Social Distancing Revisited

With my hat, sunglasses, and N95 mask, I’m even more invisible than a middle-aged, gray-haired woman usually is in America. Not that I mind all that much.

Oct 8, 2020
Guestwords: Trump’s Economic Fallout

President Trump’s three main economic initiatives — tax cuts, tariffs, and deregulation — have turned Washington, D.C., and the country upside down. How has this worked out? Here are some outcomes.

Oct 1, 2020
Guestwords: Adirondack Morning

A memorable excursion into independence at Loon Lake in the Adirondacks.

Sep 24, 2020
Guestwords: 50 Years Later, the Free Life

On Sept. 20, 1970, the Free Life took off from Springs on a trans-Atlantic attempt, and something about its story has captured our attention ever since.

Sep 17, 2020
Guestwords: My Evening With Larry Kramer

A chance meeting in the summer of 1975 changes the trajectory of a young man’s life.

Sep 10, 2020
Guestwords: The Sailboat

After months of struggling to do it, I asked my brother to come get my sailboat — not because I do not love the beauty of it and the worlds it promised me, but because at some point I have to face reality and not just my dreams.

Sep 3, 2020
Guestwords: Misguided Monuments

When it comes to statues, I would like to advance the idea that the Confederates are in a class by themselves.

Aug 27, 2020