Small Business Saturday

As someone who has repeatedly broken up with Jeff Bezos only to take him back during a moment of weakness, I understand how it can be a challenge to step away from the convenience of purchasing an array of items from a single “store” and have them delivered to your home. I absolutely get it, … Continue reading Small Business Saturday

Discover something new this holiday weekend – favorite al fresco dining in the (mostly)518

If you need a reminder about the reality of how a pandemic is devastating the hospitality industry (as well as countless others industries), look no further then the strained smiles on the faces of so many independent business owners. What these hard working entrepreneurs are doing to keep their enterprises afloat is an inspiring and … Continue reading Discover something new this holiday weekend – favorite al fresco dining in the (mostly)518

Food stamps for my 15 year old

Despite having read this article only 10 days or so prior, when my son received an envelope in the mail from the government at the end of September, I never imagined it would contain a plastic EBT card worth $420. The money was to compensate him for having missed out on his school lunches between … Continue reading Food stamps for my 15 year old

A False Spring

How about this weather? I’m not one to wish winter away, but I miss admit that I sucked my teeth in disbelief Wednesday morning when I looked out the sliding glass door to my snow dusted deck. Are you kidding me? I think Spring 2020 has felt exceptionally pokey in arriving and I’m convinced it’s … Continue reading A False Spring

The inevitability of spring

We each respond differently to frightening and uncertain times. Some say that the media is exaggerating and insist that the situation is not nearly as dire as it is being portrayed. Others feel the need to purchase and hoard essentials without thought to those who may need immediate access to basic household items such as … Continue reading The inevitability of spring

When culinary worlds collide – Peking Duck Mac and Cheese at New World Bistro Bar

Mashed potatoes aside, mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food in my world. When I make it at home, I consider it an emptying-of-the-cheese -drawer exercise, which makes me feel warm and fuzzy in multiple ways. (I hate wasting food.) The randomness of the cheese selections means it may never quite taste exactly the … Continue reading When culinary worlds collide – Peking Duck Mac and Cheese at New World Bistro Bar

Cathedral in Bloom, 2020

Even when winter has been relatively mild there’s still excitement for spring, particularly in upstate New York. As the crocus and daffodils start popping through last season’s faded mulch, I can’t help but begin looking forward to afternoons on the deck (or stoop) and sandals on my feet. Looks like we’ve almost made it to … Continue reading Cathedral in Bloom, 2020